It’s fair to say it’s been a pretty rough trot for former Trump right-hand man Steve Bannon over the past couple of weeks. His disparaging comments about the Trump family were published in a new tell-all book, he was christened with a humiliating new moniker, was forced to make a grovelling apology for the aforementioned comments… and now he’s lost his other job.
Yep. According to The New York Times, Bannon is officially out as chairman of the hard-right news platform Breitbart News, which he helped propel to huge success prior to joining the Trump team. The NYT is reporting that Bannon was forced from his perch by Breitbart benefactor and Trump donor Rebekah Mercer after he was unable to quell the discontent over his comments about Trump’s family.
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers,” Bannon told Michael Wolff in Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury.
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
A very short story on Breitbart confirmed the change with a very short statement from Bannon himself. “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform,” he wrote.
“Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.” https://t.co/iIfyufkbua
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 9, 2018
Breitbart CEO Larry Solov also issued a brief, positive statement. “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
Of course, they’ve made no suggestion that he was basically fired for falling out of favour with Big Daddy Trump, but it’s pretty clear that Breitbart has picked a side in that particular war.
Now Bannon can go back to his real job, which based on his aesthetic and general vibe is probably ‘cantankerous, alcoholic sea captain’.