Bannon, the book and his betrayal of Trump

This week Trump supporters everywhere have been shocked and frankly angered by the apparent betrayal of Donald Trump by Steve Bannon. In a new book called “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” written by Michael Wolff, Steve Bannon said that he believed Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in Trump tower was “unpatriotic” and “treasonous.” He also said that investigators into the Trump/Russia collusion claims would “crack Don Jr like an egg on national TV.” Steve Bannon has come out today and has issued a belated apology, saying that “I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency.”

This book which as been written by Michael Wolff is the subject of much controversy. There has been many inaccuracies that have already been exposed in this particular publication. In the book it is claimed that Donald Trump didn’t know who John Boehner was. Sebastian Gorka came out on Fox and said that is completely untrue. It is also claimed in the book that Trump doesn’t read. Sebastian Gorka came out and said that is also completely untrue. Dr Gorka said that when he first met him in the Oval Office he was reading a huge stack of papers. Trump loyalists are not the only people who have cast major doubt on the validity of the claims in this book. In the book it is claimed that Former British PM Tony Blair told Jared Kushner that Donald Trump was under surveillance by British intelligence and they may have “spied on him.” Tony Blair, hardly a right-winger, came out and furiously denied the claims, saying that Wolff had made up the claims. Interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he said: “This story is a complete fabrication, literally from beginning to end. I’ve never had such conversation in the White House, outside of the White House, with Jared Kushner, with anybody else.” Trump and Blair are hardly ideological bedfellows, so it is very hard to claim bias in Tony Blair’s dismissal of the claims in this book.

The book for many people have not been the issue this week. While over the past year Trump supporters have become used to their man being rubbished and smeared by the mainstream media and establishment figures on a weekly basis. Another book or publication with questionable claims is like water of a ducks back to many Trump voters now. The thing that has really unsettled people is Steve Bannon’s apparent betrayal of the President.

Steve Bannon, the current executive chairman of Breitbart News has been seen by many as one of the greatest supporters of the President and a fervent advocate of the populist policies he ran on. After the inauguration, Steve Bannon was appointed as White House Chief Strategist. But after rumours of infighting and ideological disagreements between Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the relationship between Bannon and the President seemed to sour which led to him being fired back in August. Since this firing, it seemed that Bannon and Trump were on reasonable terms, although there had been disagreements which can occur in any working relationship, it seemed that Bannon was still loyal to the Trump cause. Bannon is believed to have got Donald Trump to throw his hat into the ring in Judge Roy Moore’s failed Alabama senate race which Steve Bannon came out to publically endorse, suggesting that the two men were still allied in some sense.

These latest quotes have been seen as a huge betrayal by Bannon. The man who is seen as one of the spearheads of the Trump movement has seemingly betrayed his own man. In a climate where Trump’s enemies are waiting to pounce on anything that could potentially harm the president, Steve Bannon could of just helped out the very globalists he said that he wished to see fall. Over the course of months, any smoke that was to be seen regarding the claims of Trump/Russia collusion have been cleared by numerous revelations such as the Fusion GPS dossier and the bias of the Mueller team. From people who may have kept an open mind about Russia to begin with, many of us have seen enough evidence to see that the Russia inquiry is nothing more than an attempt at a political takedown of the democratically elected president of the United States. Steve Bannon has either purposely or mistakenly handed the deep state collaborators another story to run with.

Many ardent Trump supporters have come out and launched scathing attacks against Steve Bannon, including the president himself. Donald Trump came out and tweeted after the revelations first became public that after he fired Steve Bannon he “lost his mind” Trump also allocated Bannon a new nickname in a recent press conference, calling him “Sloppy Steve!” Infowars.com host and loyal Trump supporter Alex Jones came out and launched a fierce attack on Steve Bannon saying “Let this be his political tombstone here. For all the failures. As soon as his little thing in Alabama failed, this happened. Let it be marked as cancer and we move on. And I hope Breitbart reconstitutes and continues its overall good mission. I don’t like having to do this but I need to put a fork in it when it’s done … [he looks like] he has organ failure [and] has been run over by a truck with dandruff all over him.” He also went on to accuse Bannon of now becoming part of the deep state conspiracy to take down Donald Trump.

Conservative intellectual and host on the Daily Wire Ben Shapiro also launched his own utterly merciless attack on Steve Bannon. Ben Shapiro, who is not himself an ardent Trump supporter said that Steve Bannon used Breitbart for his own personal gain and that he was “pissing over” the legacy of the late great Andrew Breitbart. He went on to say amongst other things that Steve Bannon used conservative celebrities to elevate his own profile and that he was a genuinely nasty figure, saying that “Many former employees of Breitbart News are afraid of Steve Bannon. He is a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies.” He also went onto say that Bannon would try to eliminate anyone who stood in the way of his unending ambition and that he knew it was “Game of Thrones, its win or die, and he would rather kill everyone else before he goes.” Ben Shapiro’s attack is one of the most ruthless and honestly truthful evaluations of Steve Bannon. Ben Shapiro has no bias in this fight, he has criticised Trump on many occasions so this assessment of the facts by Ben Shapiro should hold a lot of credence.

This has been a tough week for Trump voters, seeing one of their own seemingly jump ship and hand the enemy ammunition to fight with. However useless that ammunition is, a man like Steve Bannon who is supposedly a great supporter of the Trump vision should know the ramifications of handing the conspirators against Trump any sort of weapon to fight with. But I suspect not many tears will be shed by Trump supporters by the betrayal. Because after all, Trump voters voted for Donald Trump, not Steve Bannon.

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