Steve Bannon Out At White House…

This was not unanticipated.  Those who have read CTH in the past two months will have noted the writing was clearly on the wall.  Especially in the aftermath of the American Prospect article and the downstream consequence that Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Mattis were fielding questions from media about why Bannon was undermining them -and President Trump- on national security policy via North Korea.

In the American Prospect article Steve Bannon also undermined U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson directly, and was far out of line with this:

“I’m changing out people at East Asian Defense; I’m getting hawks in. I’m getting Susan Thornton [acting head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs] out at State.” ~ Steve Bannon

This type of statement was so over-the-top arrogant, and exhibits a ridiculous level of power-lust and expressed self-importance, I asked the question: ” Who exactly is Steve Bannon to think that he can marginalize the cabinet? And against the division narrative within the White House why the heck would he push that opinion publicly? Is he trying to push the envelope and get fired?“.

Well, the White House Press Office has confirmed that political strategist Steve Bannon is no longer working at the White House.

On timing, it makes sense Mr. Bannon would exit today given the full national security meeting in Camp David attendance by: President Trump, VP Pence, General John Kelly, HR McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis, Secretary Mnuchin, ODNI Dan Coats, CIA Director Pompeo, AG Jeff Sessions, Ambassador Haley, Joint Chief Chairman General Dunford, etc.

Can you imagine the awkwardness of Steve Bannon being in the room, amid the administration team, given the nature of his public outline?  No way.

(Via Reuters) A source close to Bannon said he was not expected to resign on his own. “Bannon is going to make them fire him,” the source said. “He’s not going to officially resign. He’s still been doing the work. He’s been working on projects.”

The New York Times, however, cited a person close to Bannon as saying he had submitted his resignation on Aug. 7 and that it was to be announced this week, but had been delayed by the fallout from a rally by white nationalists in Virginia over the weekend.

Bannon damaged his standing by giving an interview to the liberal American Prospect this week in which he was seen to be undercutting Trump’s position on North Korea.

Bannon told associates he thought he was talking to an academic and thought he was off the record.  He has told friends he could go back to Breitbart News outlet if he were to leave the White House.  (link)

Both Steve Bannon, and Kellyanne Conway came into the Donald Trump campaign as an outcome of billionaire Robert Mercer and his politically active daughter, Rebekkah Mercer, switching support from Senator Ted Cruz to Donald Trump after the GOP Primary.  Bannon and Conway joined team MAGA mid-August for the final two months of the 2016 campaign.

Most of the predictable angst toward President Trump for Bannon’s release will most likely come from Breitbart and Bannon allies within the “conservative” sphere of Ted Cruz media and associated support groups.

In the final analysis, Steve Bannon was staff, always staff; simply staff.

Political Strategist Bannon did not create any of President Trump’s policies or platform issues.  The political policy from President Trump is directly from President Trump.

As I said before:

President Trump is the wave, the Tsunami wave. Steve Bannon is the surfer…. you already know how this story ends:

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1,017 Responses to Steve Bannon Out At White House…

  1. rjcylon says:

    “If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” Bannon said Friday in an interview with Bloomberg News hours after his departure was announced.”

    from Bloomberg, link is too long to post.

    Sorry left wingers, your problems are just beginning.

    Liked by 19 people

  2. The left will regret they ever wished for Bannon to be fired!

    Liked by 6 people

  3. lo says:

    There’s no good way to spin this! It’s bad that he is leaving. He’s one of us. We’re all being kicked to the curb!!!

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    • Remington says:

      Lo…’Methinks the lady doeth protest too much…’.I’d say just pull up a chair and watch the game unfold. I’m betting you’ll be pleasantly surprised..Trust PDJT…

      If not, well…bye…

      Liked by 7 people

      • Gil says:

        An overwhelming concern troll and straight up troll presence on all boards today. I have avoided on purpose. Bannon made a statement and I posted it. Intentional on the outside.

        Liked by 6 people

    • Black_Knight_Rides says:

      Lo: LoLoL

      Liked by 1 person

    • David says:

      I am noting your Concern, are you by chance Concerned is that why you are sharing your Concern with us. Thank you so much for your Concern. I am glad that you shared your Concern. Do you feel better now that you got all that Concern off your chest

      Liked by 1 person

    • Guy K says:

      Dude, they shouldn’t even PAY you for such transparent and weak efforts at concern trolling. You need to go back to Karl Rove’s Trolling 101 course and learn more convincing rhetoric if you’re gonna try to convince anybody here you’re for real.

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  4. sobriquet4u says:

    The cavalry scout is responsible for being the eyes and ears of the commander during battle. They engage the enemy in the field, track and report their activity and direct the employment of weapon systems to their locations.

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  5. Marygrace Powers says:

    “If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up:

    I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.” – Stephen Bannon 8/18/17

    Liked by 7 people

  6. Jimmy Jack says:

    My Bannon media war dream is coming true!!!

    Liked by 5 people

  7. mortgagesforthemasses says:

    It may seem wrong, but I rarely trust people with red noses.

    I have seen people with red noses cause mayhem, clean up their act and do wonderful things. Then for some reason, they veer off the straight path and once again cause mayhem.

    Again, I do not know Mr. Bannon, but he has a red nose. Call me suspicious cat.

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  8. Bubba says:

    1. Bannon’s departure is another 4D chess move. yup.
    2. Add Bannon to the list of bad hires (Priebus, Flynn, Scaramucci, Spicer, Dubke, Walsh). yup.

    1. His advisers’ political views don’t matter. Trump’s his own man & he makes the decisions. yup.
    2. Presidential advisers (and their staff) do the research, legal reviews, vetting, preparation, coordination, and presentation of the reports that advise policy decisions. yup.

    1. Trump’s got this, no worries about the surfer dudes in the administration. yup.
    2. His advisers (and staff) influence the data/info/reports that make it to Pres Trump’s desk. yup.

    1. Trust Trump. yup.
    2. Trust Trump. yup. What choice do I have at this point?

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  9. wyntre says:

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  10. OK. This is how dishonest the Media is. David Muir just tried to make it seem as if there is no current Chief-of-Staff. No really, there was a whole segment implying The President’s people are leaving, and he’s ‘alone’.

    The absurd thing about this is, there was literally a frenzy not all that long ago about Gen. Kelly…
    Talk about manufactured hysterics.

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  11. Andy Smith says:

    Trump has been getting a lot of good stuff done, but we are completely losing the mainstream media war. Even our youtube advantage is under threat from the Google censors. We desperately need to strengthen the media arm of the war, so I am hoping that letting Bannon do what he does best will make a positive impact. Bannon certainly hasn’t made any publicly identifiable contributions to white house policy, so I do think he can do more good on the outside.

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    • missmarple2 says:

      I am not so sure we are losing the mainstream media war, unless you are simply looking at MSM articles.

      Ratings are down and people are talking about their lies.

      If a new outlet appears, it will be a game changer. I think that is what is going o happen.

      Liked by 7 people

    • El Torito says:

      “Bannon certainly hasn’t made any publicly identifiable contributions to white house policy…”

      Care to expand on this? What is your evidence?

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  12. Ah I suggest to at least those who are concerned and are not trolls, take a gander at Thomas Wictor’s Twitter timeline…

    There’s some big stuff coming.

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  13. Bruce says:

    This war is going to be good. I need more popcorn. Where do I sign up?

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Black_Knight_Rides says:

    First “Campaign” of Bannon’s War for America:
    The Primaries and 2018 Election.

    Simple Tactics:
    Primary the Congressional Never-Trumpers and Agenda Obstructionists.
    Run Independents where we need to split the Uniparty votes.
    Crush the Dem Incumbents in the Election.

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  15. Mar says:

    May I just say, I don’t believe for one moment, Mr. Bannon is a racist in any way, shape or form. It’s clear to (most people) the reason democrats & some Rinos dislike and even hate him is because of his pro-America, anti-globalist views.
    That said, his presence was bringing hot coals raining down onto the President. I believe it was a tremendous distraction, causing the President anxiety, stress and loss of focus.
    In addition, the despicable alt-right and other hate groups are name-dropping Breitbart, Bannon and even the President to find a harbor in the Republican party. We must fight back on the social media battlefield and denounce them at all times. We cannot allow anyone to think or believe we condone them by remaining silent. We must speak out against David Duke, Richard Spencer and all others who are trying to poison POTUS and our party.
    Defend Mr. Bannon if you like, but we must remember to shut down the racists, Antifa and other extremist or violent groups.
    If you see these alt-right groups and racists name-dropping POTUS as if he’s their ally, shut them down. He is NOT and we are NOT their ally.

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    • Delilah says:

      You don’t understand. There are actually two factions of the altright, and both of them are fighting over the name altright.

      One group is the Stormtroopers, the KKK guys, Stormfront. They’re mad that the other group, the Proud Boys, are also using the same name.

      The Proud Boys denounce the Stormfront guys, and they’re made up of a very diverse group of guys of all colors, shapes, and sizes and religions. They’re the meme kings. Those guys are just out for freedom of speech no matter how offensive it is.

      So let’s not get all into the labels that the left has created, because their labels include you in that altright sect whether you actually are or not. Just refuse to allow them to define you.

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  16. jstanley01 says:

    Well, it looks like we know how Bannon is going to play this…

    Bannon: ‘The Trump Presidency That We Fought For, and Won, Is Over.’

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/bannon-the-trump-presidency-that-we-fought-for-and-won-is-over./article/2009355

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    • jstanley01 says:

      “I feel jacked up,” he says. “Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt. I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”

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    • Sherlock says:

      Good article, and the headline is a bit misleading. In summary, I see this as Bannon saying he will continue to fight for the things that got the President elected, and go after the enemies of MAGA wherever they are, though he believes that the battle will not be harder given the continued intransigence of the swamp.

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    • wyntre says:

      How weird you failed to post the rest of that paragraph. Here it is:

      “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

      Sure doesn’t sound like he’s abandoning POTUS, as is your implication.

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    • Linda says:

      For all the people whining that Trump fired Bannon: “Bannon says that his departure was voluntary, and that he’d planned it to coincide with the one-year anniversary of his joining the Trump campaign as chief executive, on August 14, 2016.”

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      • Linda says:

        And: “On August 7th , I talked to [Chief of Staff John] Kelly and to the President, and I told them that my resignation would be effective the following Monday, on the 14th,” he said. “I’d always planned on spending one year. General Kelly has brought in a great new system, but I said it would be best. I want to get back to Breitbart.”

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  17. Thomas tweets! Don’t know what he meant really

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  18. thesavvyinvester says:

    Bannon’a exit is almost as perplexing as Sarah Palin’s was when she left the governorship. However, given Bannon’ s hand in the movie on Sarah, perhaps no one sees they are brother and sister in going rogue and doing more on the outside changing hearts and minds for the forgotten, rather than grinding in the belly of the beast. If he is as good going back to be
    Breibart as he was getting the Trump campaign to victory mode, and Sarah coming off the bench for the 18′ season, we are in for a good election cycle. MAGA baby, MAGA!!!

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  19. Look at the move this way, Bannon at this point was wasting his talent behind the WH walls. Now he’s back to utilizing his talent and doing what he loves, causing the opposition massive ulcers.

    Liked by 6 people

  20. POTUS back to NJ from camp David!noce video!

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  21. Abandoned says:

    For the “Bannon’s departure doesn’t matter ” brigade…..

    “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

    Slip sliding away…..

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    • jstanley01 says:

      Idealogues always fail to see politics for what it is, the art of the possible. Always has been, always will be. I like Bannon, but he’s an idealogue who fails to see the bigger picture, which is why I’m glad Sundance is with us.

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    • James F says:

      Thanks for your concern but I just checked and Trump is still president.

      The Trump presidency is far from over, it has barely begun.

      Liked by 4 people

    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC)

      8/18/17, 6:24 PM
      “14th August, one year” Steve Bannon told me. He said at the beginning he would only be at the White House for 8 months to one year.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Will we or won’t we be hearing those dreaded words “radical Islamic terrorism” any more from the White House? If a certain faction has its way now we won’t. Bannon is barely 5 hours out and already McMaster is calling for more troops in Afghanistan. Rebuilding mosques, roads, & bridges and various other humanitarian missions on tap no doubt? 😦

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      • Guy K says:

        I guarantee you that Trump will still be using the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” He used it in his press conference on Tuesday, and that was after it was already decided that Bannon was out. Trump is the President. Not McMaster. Not worried. But you feel free to be as concerned as you want.

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    • Judith says:

      I take it to mean the gloves are finally coming off. Trump originally tried to appease the obstructionists surrounding him in DC. but now that he knows their game he’s prepared to beat them at it. Bannon is better at arms length for what is about to go down. #WAR

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      THAT PART IS—because we are out of TPP, the Climate Accord, we have opened our energy resources, gotten the EPA under control, d/c many regulations burdening businesses. in the process of re-negotiating NAPTA—have a moving strategy to change our China trade policies, are tightening border security, wall bids in process, going after drug cartels and gangs etc. SC Justice on the bench ISIS on the run. Coherent Korea plan via China underway. Travel ban to be argued in new SC. VA revisions passed.All well under way–check, check, check. (Many basic campaign promises)
      NOW
      NEW PHASE—fighting the swampers face to face to get legislation passed and appointments approved. Then electing more MAGA members of congress. Entirely new phase of this Presidency. This part may get nasty.

      That is how I interpret Bannon’s remarks. (He was there to help with that part)

      Liked by 4 people

  22. Sherlock says:

    Big news today amid the subject of the thread. Jury selection about to start in the 1 million dollar bribery trial of crooked Dem. Senator from NJ Menendez. May justice be swift.

    Liked by 2 people

  23. Bob Thoms says:

    Banning is going to eat for our President and his agenda,……it’s a great day!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  24. G3 says:

    Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY) was interviewed on Fox he couldn’t have been respectful about Mr.Bannon – I couldn’t find a video to post but it was nice to hear such nice support.

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  25. gzuf says:

    If you think about it, Bannon best serves our agenda outside the bonds of the WH. The upcoming midterms cannot be more crucial to the success of the America First platform; with us fighting enemies on all sides – RINOs need primaried immediately, the left needs to lose (they will), and we need stronger MAGA media to better represent us. Bannon can be more effective at all of these outside the regimented style of the executive branch policy advisory. We need to primary these traitors nothing is more important – I’m excited Bannon is leading the charge.

    Fun thought what if Breitbart gets bigger and signs on Bill O, or Hannity, or otherwise expelled and ignored journalists. They could get huge!

    Liked by 2 people

    • jstanley01 says:

      Hire Sharyl Attkisson, as a stringer at least. Better, to lead the hard news division.

      Liked by 1 person

    • singingsoul says:

      gzuf says:
      “If you think about it, Bannon best serves our agenda outside the bonds of the WH. ”
      __________________________________________
      Is not our agenda America’s agenda…?
      I am working to eliminate right and left but nows say for America agenda f American people. This is for the future of our children grandchildren.

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  26. Ziiggii says:

    While I know this will get lost in the 1k+ comments, I do not share SD’s feelings/cometary on Bannon.

    Having found that Bannon actually resigned back on Aug 7th (just 10 days after the Fox News dinner @ WH) and that the rumors have been confirmed that Bannon has moved back to Breitbart (hopeful he cleans house), IMHO everything; all the hub bub over McMaster and Bannon “going off the reservation” re: the Prospect article points to this being a strategic move by the Admin.

    I think a lot of ppl have forgotten how much the President loves to play the shell game!

    Liked by 5 people

    • Gil says:

      Yes ziiggii i think this is where i was headed myself. Only lost bc the trolls think they are winning.woe to them.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      LOL, “lost in the 1K+ comments.”
      Still waiting for LOT MORE Drain the Swamp
      and A LOT LESS Drain the Campaign Staff.
      Banished ~ Roger Stone, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon . . .

      M A G A

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      • Delilah says:

        Yes, but more importantly, they are all still loyal after leaving…..just like all his ex-wives.

        Who in America can make that same claim?

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        • InTime says:

          Agree. There are a couple of worse things to endure: staying at the WH and watch up front and closely the continued deep state practiced by the likes of McMasters, et al! Expose the evil doers through the media. This is a fight for existence as a republic….

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    • WSB says:

      I’m here, thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Joe says:

      It is bettter for Trump to have Bannon on call in the Whitehouse, but it is better for the war effort to have him out where he can be The Swamp Fox.

      And we knew from Roger Stone that Bannon would leave sooner than later.

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  27. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC)

    8/18/17, 6:24 PM
    “14th August, one year” Steve Bannon told me. He said at the beginning he would only be at the White House for 8 months to one year.

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  28. shannynae says:

    Bannon is still on the Trump Train. He says he is “going to WAR” against President Trump’s enemies.
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/08/bannon-breaks-silence-issues-epic-warning-potus-trumps-enemies/

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  29. tomasianews says:

    At first I heard the news last night and found it troublesome, Bannon was fired, but if it was more about Bannon making the decision to quit, I’m OK with that. Working 14-16 hour days can wear anybody out except for President Trump. Additionally, I don’t have a problem with his NK statement, because NK already backed down on war.

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  30. SharonKinDC says:

    I’m looking forward to Bannon’s return to his best platform: the media. Think some Quisling R’s on a primary list will NOT be happy with Bannon’s aide to Trumpian challengers. #MAGA https://twitter.com/JoshuaGreen/status/898655252227870720

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  31. This point, can’t be made enough.

    Liked by 6 people

  32. tempo150101 says:

    Somebody can correct me on this as my math skills are rusty, but I did the math and came up with
    roughly 62%

    86% of 28% R = 24.08%
    61% * 41% I = 25.01%
    44% * 28% D = 12.32%

    Total : 61.41%

    This may be one of those polls where they sample whoever they can get, then adjust it for what the real world is supposed to look like. The number looks correct, but I will listen.

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  33. TSB says:

    New media company just announced, Steve Bannon, president and Mercer CEO, we will be bringing the real news to America via our Patriot network….look out fake news networks…FOX included!

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  34. 4sure says:

    The shit is about to hit the fan. Trump is on board.

    “According to a person close to Bannon, he met Wednesday with conservative billionaire Robert Mercer, co-chief executive of Renaissance Technologies and a major financial supporter of both Trump and Bannon’s efforts. The two mapped out a path ahead for Bannon’s post-White House career and discussed how Trump could get his agenda back on track.

    The following evening, Mercer and several other major Republican donors had dinner with Trump to share their thinking, and Mercer also had a private meeting with Trump to pledge to redouble his efforts to support Bannon and advance Trump’s agenda.”

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  35. Swedishmeatball says:

    Remarkable!! Trump and Bannon have been working on the same out come since the primaries. Now that the forces have come together, notes compared and the weaknesses verified and confirmed over the past 8 months. How many resignations, criminal investigations, plea bargains and prosecutions will take place?? I assume lots since the swamp will be lit! Who is first? I think it will be McConnell since Trump holds his wife hostage. Sessions will be busy!

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  36. Breitbadger says:

    Sorry, but it’s a lie that Trump orchestrated his victory. Campaign was floundering until he brought Bannon and Kelly Anne on board. I’m not knocking that the two shared positions, but Bannon carried the president across the finish line.

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    • singingsoul says:

      Breitbadger says:
      “Sorry, but it’s a lie that Trump orchestrated his victory. Campaign was floundering until he brought Bannon and Kelly Anne on board. I’m not knocking that the two shared positions, but Bannon carried the president across the finish line.”
      ————————————————————–
      I am sure Bannon and Kelly Ann helped much bu was their not a big speed about Kushner was it in the New Yorker…?
      I remember it was written in the publication that Kushner’s brilliancy got Trump to a win.
      You know what I think..? It was the whole team that got Trump the win. They had the perfect combination of talent that worked splendid together. I believe it is not one or the other.

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  37. JoAnn Leichliter says:

    Maybe.

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  38. InTime says:

    Out of White House, but not out of some power. Maybe more.
    I think he wanted out…who wants to work with the likes of McMasters, Kushner, and apparently Kelly.

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  39. themadtrader says:

    Also, putting all 4-dimensional chess off to the side, it’s my humble opinion that Trump and this WH could definitely have a few more like Bannon and a few less like Cohn, McMaster, etc., but what do I know?

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  40. GSR says:

    I’ve spoken with Seven Bannon twice, a few years ago. A very interesting, innovative thinker.

    Passionate nationalist – in the true sense of the word. American patriot. Cares first about the USA and the American people rather than obsessed with foreigners, like Neocons.

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  41. The Heretic says:

    The intimation that Breitbart is an arm of Cruz is ridiculous. That being said, Bannon will be much more effective now that he isn’t under the thumb of some of the idiots at the WH. This could be very popcorn worthy in the next year up to the mid-term elections.

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