Steve Bannon Is Fired and/or Resigning From the White House, and Everyone Is Rejoicing
It's Schrödinger's firing.
Trump Chief Strategist/former Breitbart head Steve Bannon is finally on the way out, and we could not be more thrilled.
We’re still not sure exactly what went down, and there are conflicting reports depending on whose buddies you believe:
Bannon going – admin officials say it was Trump, people close to Bannon insist he resigned. https://t.co/XuOvPjZN37
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 18, 2017
So, basically, they’re privately arguing over who broke up with who, but the public face of it is that it was a mutual agreement, according to a White House statement. But with Donald Trump, these things never stay private for long, so expect it to very publicly be hashed out soon, especially as the pro-Bannon wing of Trump support grows restless with Trump not quite being awful enough for their standards on his own. It already seems like some pro-Trump media, unsurprisingly starting with Breitbart, is poised to turn on him.
I think this is where the “moderate” Republicans truly learn the meaning of The Scorpion and the Frog. Trump is likely to find that particularly backstabby, as the only way I can make sense of the purported timeline:
So…the whole time all this alt-right bullshit was going down, they could have deflected at any moment with this news…but didn’t? pic.twitter.com/4TB50Ylrpb
— Pickle Da7e! (@Da7e) August 18, 2017
As well as Trump’s public statement earlier this week that Bannon is not racist, is that his goal was to part with Bannon on terms that wouldn’t make it appear as though he blamed Bannon for the white supremacist part of his support. I hope he can be baited into explaining as much publicly, since baiting him into firing Bannon in the first place seems to have worked:
i cant believe this worked lol pic.twitter.com/BO3jfpodwB
— Hippo (@InternetHippo) August 18, 2017
Meanwhile, there’s also legitimate concern that Bannon’s removal won’t result in a huge rift, and he’ll instead take to propaganda operations outside the White House while freeing Trump from the optical nightmare of actually employing him. It’s also worth noting that Bannon’s departure is good, but the White House doesn’t deserve any credit—which they’re no doubt hoping for—for removing him while Trump’s own bigotry remains.
Whatever the case, we’re going to take this moment to savor his removal.
BREAKING NEWS: Grotesque Confederate Statue Removed from the White House. pic.twitter.com/xcQOuzEtjg
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) August 18, 2017
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