It’s long been clear that the defining feature of the Trump Administration is that it’s essentially a glorified reality television show. Trump has conducted himself in much the same manner as he did while head of The Apprentice, literally having set a record for the highest senior staff turnover rate of any modern presidency as if he’s still just firing people for fun.
On Wednesday, a new element was added to the mess, with a report coming out about a soon forthcoming book by author Michael Wolff called Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
According to a report from The Guardian about the book, former Trump campaign chief and former presidential adviser Steve Bannon, has been harboring some harsh sentiments about, among other items, the conduct of Donald Trump Jr., saying that he will “crack like an egg” because of the Russia investigation.
Now, reminding us all just how much of a reality television show that our national political scene has become, Trump Jr. has taken to Twitter to rant against Bannon. The president, for what it’s worth, has also responded to Bannon’s reported comments, quipping that he believes that the Brietbart head “lost his mind.”
Trump totally torches Bannon: “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” Full statement: pic.twitter.com/ElhChPiOx8
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 3, 2018
Bannon’s reported concerns expressed to Wolff centered on the infamous 2016 meeting including Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner and a Kremlin connected lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya who a separate party had promised had Russian government sourced dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Bannon is reported to have called this meeting treasonous, saying:
‘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. They didn’t have any lawyers. 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.’
Of course, nobody on the Trump team called the FBI after being approached with an offer for Russian government sourced dirt on Clinton. Instead, they participated in the meeting and kept it secret for months, until its existence was revealed by The New York Times. Trump Jr. was initially even deceptive about the purpose of the meeting, claiming that the purpose had been to discuss restarting American adoptions of Russian children.
Now, Trump Jr. has evidently taken Bannon’s reported personal comments as a personal slight, responding to them as his father would — with a Twitter rant.
In an initial tweet, the co-leader of the Trump Organization quipped about Breitbart’s infamous comments section, writing:
‘Wow, Just looked at the comments section on Breitbart. Wow. When Bannon has lost Breitbart, he’s left with . . . umm, nothing.’
Soon after that, Trump Jr. posted another message reading:
‘Andrew Breitbart would be ashamed of the division and lies Steve Bannon is spreading!’
Trump Jr. might like to try and use this whole situation as a distraction from the seriousness of his 2016 meeting with the Kremlin connected lawyer, but it won’t work. Trump Jr. can’t tweet his way out of the fact that Bannon isn’t exactly the only one reportedly saying Trump Jr.’s meeting was treasonous.
Besides the two above tweets, Trump Jr. also tweeted sarcastically about the fact that Bannon’s handpicked candidate lost last month’s Alabama U.S. Senate race and retweeted an anti-Bannon message from Anthony Scaramucci.
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump Jr.’s ranting below.
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