The president’s controversial chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has come under fire since the Trump administration took power, and for good reason.
In an article released late Monday evening by NY Magazine, reporter Joshua Green reveals that Bannon has an oil painting of himself dressed as Napoleon in his study at the Tuileries hung on his office wall.
My fav weird detail about Bannon: He had an oil painting of himself dressed as Napoleon in his office: pic.twitter.com/anFT0ntL9z
— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) July 10, 2017
He’s long been dubbed Trump’s “puppet master” and regarded as the one who calls the shots within the Trump administration. But sharing the spotlight with a president who demands all attention, especially from the media, be on him at all times, is a sure-fire way to damage a working relationship — and fast.
Trump quickly fought back against Bannon’s rise to power by revoking his title as head of the National Security Council (NSC) and cutting him out of meetings those in his close circle were to attend.
‘Bannon became a vital figure in Trump’s orbit during the early days of his political rise. The two met late in 2010, when David Bossie, the veteran conservative activist, brought Bannon along on a trip to Trump Tower to offer advice about how Trump might prepare for a presidential run. Like Trump, Bannon was a businessman and born deal-maker. With experience on Wall Street and in Hollywood, he was nothing if not high energy, a mile-a-minute talker with a volcanic temper who rarely slept and possessed a media metabolism to rival Trump’s own. And Bannon, too, had a healthy self-regard. On his office wall hung an oil painting of Bannon dressed as Napoleon in his study at the Tuileries, done in the style of Jacques-Louis David’s famous neoclassical painting — a gift from Nigel Farage.’
Trump’s chief strategist also apparently has a lot in common with the president. According to NY Magazine, “Bannon also shared Trump’s love of spectacle.”
‘According to a former Trump adviser, Bannon was behind a needling stunt Trump pulled two weeks before the 2012 election. Having successfully badgered President Obama into releasing his birth certificate the year before, Trump started insinuating that his passport and college transcripts may also have been forged or missing.’
Below are a few examples of the responses to Green’s tweet about the painting hung in Bannon’s office:
This sounds like an upcoming meme from @darth
— Mer.edit.h. (@meredithgardner) July 10, 2017
— Brant Keel (@BrantKeel) July 10, 2017
Not as good as the one I gave him pic.twitter.com/CMDNN5vWib
— JustSomeChick (@Just_SomeChick) July 10, 2017
I'm dressed as Napoleon right now
— Daniel Summers (@WFKARS) July 10, 2017
Napolean: Insecure megolmaniac. Institutionalized art theft. Attempted suicide after defeat. Left his men. Exiled. Twice. #rolemodel ?
— Ehsan Zaffar (@Ezaffar) July 10, 2017
Roger Stone has a portrait of himself as Napoleon, too, in his Miami house, per Get Me Roger Stone doc
— TVMoJoe (@TVMoJoe) July 10, 2017
Lmao "miniature Neapolitan"
Tiny ice cream? Miniscule wrinkly mastiff? ?
— AmorGaia (@AmorGaia) July 10, 2017
It would have been more appropriate if he had been portrayed as Rasputin.
— Hyatt Lee (@HyattLee) July 10, 2017
He hung a depiction of himself as a Frenchman???
— Joisey Joh (@JoiseyJoh) July 10, 2017
Napoleon looks like my babushka? pic.twitter.com/HdSWF0EEgl
— TrumanCapote's Ashes (@tcapotesashes) July 10, 2017
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