On the campaign trail and during his brief tenure in the White House, it was well known that Trump’s chief executive officer of the campaign and former chief strategist Steve Bannon loved some Donald Trump. Reportedly, Bannon found the one person who could feed his populist agenda to the masses, and Trump found the one person who took him seriously. It was a pairing that would take the 2016 presidential election by storm and end it with a shocking upset that no one ever expected.
After leaving the White House, however, Bannon has since waged war on the establishment Republicans that Trump has repeatedly sided with on various issues including the issues closest to Bannon’s cold, black heart. After the latest upset in Alabama with a Democrat beating out Bannon-endorsed racist and pervy Roy Moore, how does Bannon feel now? What does he think about the big man in the White House that abandoned the idea of draining the swamp and has jumped knee deep into the sludge?
According to Vanity Fair, Bannon doesn’t think much of Trump anymore. Back in August, it was reported Bannon had become disillusioned and felt the Trump presidency he had believed in was over.
In recent comments, he’s expressed those sentiments. Vanity Fair noted Bannon had told people privately that Trump only has a 30 percent chance of serving out his term. Specifically, in regards to Trump, Bannon is reported to have told a friend:
‘He’s like an 11-year-old child.’
Really? Bannon now wants to say Trump is like an 11-year-old child? He was all about getting an 11-year-old child elected to the White House.
Even stranger, the magazine reported Bannon has been considering a 2020 run for president. Now, there’s a conundrum. Who would be worse – Bannon or Trump?
‘In October, Bannon called an adviser and said he would consider running for president if Trump doesn’t run for re-election in 2020. Which Bannon has told people is a realistic possibility.’
If he thinks that would be easy, he’s very mistaken. Several Republicans have spoken out against Bannon and view the idea as ridiculous. Stuart Stevens, who has worked for five GOP presidential campaigns, commented saying Bannon was:
‘… an odd, strangely repulsive figure who is trying to use the political process to work through personal issues of anger and frustration.’
Strangely repulsive or not, Bannon feels free not being stuck in the White House as just a staffer. He also feels powerful, which is sort of terrifying.
‘I have power. I can actually drive things in a certain direction.’
One could argue that Bannon is out of his mind if he believes that, especially considering Roy Moore lost the election for the Alabama Senate seat, and Ed Gillespie lost the gubernatorial race in Virginia.
A spokesperson for Bannon, however, has denied he’s considering running for president. CNN’s Oliver Darcy tweeted:
‘Spokesperson for Bannon shoots down suggestion Bannon is mulling run for president: “#Fake News. Steve is 100% not running for President. He is not a politician. He is spending all his time building a grassroots organization to support the President.’
However, Bannon does believe that Roy Moore’s loss actually jeopardizes Trump’s own presidency. Vanity Fair reported:
‘He told me Trump’s presidency was at stake. His theory was that, if McConnell succeeded in forcing Moore out, it would open Trump up to having every sexual harassment and assault allegation against him relitigated in the court of public opinion. “It’s a firebreak,” he later said.’
If Trump’s presidency is at stake, who else could Bannon find to run on his agenda? Therefore, it seems pretty realistic that he would have at least considered running for the presidency once.
One of the most dangerous things about Bannon is the fact he doesn’t care, and the Trump supporters love that. Literally, he doesn’t care. He told Vanity Fair:
‘I don’t give a fuck. You can call me anything you want. Do you think I give a shit? I literally don’t care.’
That in and of itself is the most dangerous aspect about Bannon that could give him a supportive base. It’s what worked for Trump. Trump portrayed himself as a man that didn’t care, and he won the presidency under the guidance of Bannon. That same attitude and disillusionment on Bannon’s part could, in theory, destroy the Trump presidency. Though that would be beautiful to watch, what would follow is much more unknown and terrifying.
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