After weeks (if not months) of rumors, and increasing pressure within the last week following his on-the-record/off-the-record interview with The American Prospect, Stephen Bannon has been removed from his position as Senior Advisor to the President. Or he will be removed, reports The NYTimes. Matt Drudge is reporting that he’s already out, but we waited for the Times to confirm:
Drudge saying Bannon out.— John Davidson (@hoopsnut) August 18, 2017
Internet explodes trying to confirm without having to visit or point people to Drudge.
2/ … Bannon put in resignation on Aug 7 to be effective Aug 14, to one year anniversary of him joining Trump.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 18, 2017
Of course, Bannon — who represents the nativist/white supremacist/economic populist wing of the White House — will not be missed, although his ouster may cost Trump some support within his base of white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers. It may also see Bannon return to Brietbart and start a holy war with the “globalists” within the Trump Administration (I wouldn’t expect Trump and Bannon to have a falling out, however, because those two racists just get each other). This also means that Trump has one less friend within the Administration, but please do not let the President off the hook for his response to Charlottesville simply because he fired his most high-profile white supremacist sympathizer. Indeed, somehow — after this week — Bannon’s departure feels anti-climactic, like we’ve cut off the big toe of the cancer, but there’s still the rest of the body to contend with.
Here’s some Twitter reax:
Steve Bannon is out at the White House, but the reality is ONE SIDE allowed a white nationalist to serve as Chief WH Strategist for 8 months— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) August 18, 2017
But without Bannon, who will Trump rely on for racist policy ideas? Stephen Miller? Gorka? Jeff Sessions? Republicans in Congress or the Sen— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) August 18, 2017
Ultimately you don't need a Bannon when you are a Bannon— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 18, 2017
Some poor intern now has to check the White House bathtubs for signs of chemical corrosion after Bannon leaves. pic.twitter.com/cglZCEY8Zt— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) August 18, 2017
Bannon is headed back to his pre-White House life of looking like something I scraped off my shoe after walking through a sewage plant.— Bradley P. Moss, Esq (@BradMossEsq) August 18, 2017
Steve Bannon's been fired, which means he can just go out into the world and work with white supremacists instead of leaking to them.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 18, 2017
BREAKING: Donald Trump sends Steve Bannon away to find the cure for greyscale. "I command you to heal yourself," Trump said tearfully. pic.twitter.com/fj4pdI1occ— Mike T (@majtague) August 18, 2017
It's not the people around Trump; it's Trump.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 18, 2017
See, the President is able to behave like a perfectly good white supremacist without him. pic.twitter.com/vVuLyxrOPf— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) August 18, 2017