Joel Pollak, senior editor-at-large at Breitbart, has responded on Twitter to Bannon’s dismissal at the White House with one ominous word:
Twitter quickly took note:
The replies to this show just how far Breitbart's audience veered from its founder https://t.co/p54qRkltHd
— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) August 18, 2017
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) August 18, 2017
Here’s what Shapiro was referring to in his tweet above:
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 18, 2017
Bannon is deeply vengeful, and supremely ambitious. He has already held the most powerful job he will ever have – unless, of course, his new job is to destroy Trump from the outside. And he set the groundwork for that job over the past week.
First, he pushed Trump not to alienate the alt-right – Bannon’s base – and succeeded. Bannon was widely credited in the media with encouraging Trump’s bizarre Tuesday press conference, at which Trump rehabilitated the alt-right and said there were “very fine people” protesting with white supremacists in Charlottesville. Trump could have easily carved off the alt-right and not lost much; Bannon, however, had to keep them in his pocket. Without them, he is merely another former government employee searching for a home. With them, he can threaten Trump with political Armageddon.
Second, he gave an insane interview with The American Prospect that isn’t insane at all in retrospect. In that interview, he laid out his own foreign policy and contrasted it with Trump’s – a fully isolationist foreign policy that the Trump administration almost certainly will not pursue, a militant and protectionist foreign policy with regard to trade with China, an “anti-globalist” policy totally at odds with some of Trump’s closest advisors like Gary Cohn.
All of this sets up the lines for battle. First, Trump will be seen as caving by “firing” Bannon – and Trump is completely incapable of just admitting that Bannon resigned.
Bannon’s play for Trump’s populist and alt-right bases will be partially successful. Outside the White House, Bannon can be more powerful than he was insider: if Trump doesn’t do what Bannon likes, Bannon will declare that he was ousted because the globalist insiders have taken over, and Trump has sold out the base. Bannon will attempt to claim the leadership of the movement he believes he built.
And he’ll do so from his platform at Breitbart.
Bannon is also media savvy enough to know that he’ll never miss work being a Trump critic. The media will continue to book him. They’ll be eager to put him on television to criticize Trump; they think this will drive down Trump’s approval ratings. And Bannon will look for some other horse to back, or try to become the horse himself.
Breitbart is officially out of the White House. Get yer popcorn ready.
The war has begun:
With Steve Bannon Gone, Donald Trump Risks Becoming Arnold Schwarzenegger 2.0 – Breitbart https://t.co/7StOUgXiL7
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) August 18, 2017