Reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Donald Trump did not like that. No, the egomaniac in the Oval Office, seemed to get irritated that people thought Bannon was running things. And it appeared as though Bannon was punished for this perception. Suddenly, reports began coming out that Bannon was out of the inner circle. That Jared Kushner was the Boy King. Bannon didn’t leave the administration, but the stories about him began to take on a slightly more depressing vibe. And then, just like that, the time of President Bannon seemed to pass. Kushner was put in charge of nearly every aspect of the government, despite being woefully unqualified, and report after report emerged of Jared and Ivanka’s attempts to reign in the man-baby nominally in charge of the country. (It should be noted that despite all those stories, in no way was Trump ever reigned in. I guess, like real estate and newspaper publishing, this is just one more thing that Jared Kushner is bad at.)
Anyway, the world obsessed over Jared’s ascendency, which itself included another Time Magazine cover.
But meanwhile Steve Bannon hadn’t gone anywhere. In fact, while Jared was taking slings and arrows from the press, and the Russia investigation dominated the rest of the coverage, an odd thing happened. Bannon’s agenda began to come to fruition. Pulling out of the Paris Agreement even though business leaders across the world and, well, world leaders both agree that doing so is a mistake? That’s a Bannon classic. As the Daily Beast reports:
Pruitt and Bannon in particular have helped corral conservative
activists and leaders who have been more than happy to privately
reinforce Trump’s instinct and talking point that the U.S., coal
miners, and the American worker are getting cheated by the Paris deal.
It’s an uncompromising view of the Paris climate deal—which has among
its other holdouts only Syria and Nicaragua—that Bannon has been
advocating since before the Trump era began.
And Bannon’s resurgence isn’t just about Paris. What about NATO? When Trump went to speak to the organization he trashed throughout the campaign, Trump’s National Security team expected him to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to collective defense. Without telling them, Trump nixed that part of the speech. Hmmm, an idiotic anti-“globalist” idea. I wonder where Trump could have gotten that.
It was not until the next day, Thursday, May 25, when Trump started
talking at an opening ceremony for NATO’s new Brussels headquarters,
that the president’s national security team realized their boss had
made a decision with major consequences—without consulting or even
informing them in advance of the change.
The president appears to have deleted it himself, according to one
version making the rounds inside the government, reflecting his
personal skepticism about NATO and insistence on lecturing NATO allies
about spending more on defense rather than offering reassurances of
any sort; another version relayed to others by several White House
aides is that Trump’s nationalist chief strategist Steve Bannon and
policy aide Stephen Miller played a role in the deletion.
Okay. So Bannon has Trump with him on NATO and with him on Paris despite the fact that both of those positions are incredibly unpopular, short-sighted, and stupid, not to mention, potentially disastrous. But what should we expect from Bannon, a guy who clearly wants to burn the system to the ground?
And because the world wasn’t fucked up enough already, there’s more. Trump has come out today in support of his Travel Ban. The first one. Now remember, both have been stopped in the courts, but the first one, which definitely was a product of Bannon’s mind, was withdrawn in attempt to make it less clearly an illegal ban that targets Muslims. It’s still clearly an illegal ban that targets Muslims.
Forget for a second, that Trump doesn’t seem to understand that it was his administration that “watered down” the ban, not the justice department. This shows that Bannon’s influence is back to early term levels. President Bannon is back people.
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