Reports are that Bannon is thinking about starting a television network to the right of Fox News. And he would use it to attack Jared and Ivanka…
Steve Bannon, the ousted White House chief strategist, is reportedly considering starting a television network which would allow him to “go nuclear” as he settles vendettas with moderate advisers in the White House and pressures President Donald Trump to pursue a populist agenda of economic nationalism.
Allies of Mr Bannon compared him to a “tiger freed from his cage,” suggesting things would get “ugly” as he targets the Republican establishment and what he calls “West Wing Democrats”.
Mr Bannon’s possible TV network would be intended as a rival to Fox News, the Rupert Murdoch-owned channel which has been supportive of Mr Trump, but which Mr Bannon now regards as too moderate, Axios reported.
And he has billionaire backing:
Mr Bannon’s new venture would probably be funded by Bob Mercer, the hedge fund billionaire and conservative mega-donor, who has previously backed both Breitbart and Mr Trump. Mr Mercer and Mr Bannon met last week to discus plans for after his White House exit. The following evening Mr Mercer had dinner with the president.
On the outside Mr Bannon will target a ring of presidential advisers sometimes known as the “globalists”. It includes Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, with whom Mr Bannon appeared to have lost a battle over putting more troops in Afghanistan.
Also in the firing line are Republican leaders in Congress such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republicans who Mr Bannon blames for stalling Mr Trump’s agenda, including funding for the border wall, and failing to overturn Obamacare.
Well hot damn. That’s gonna be all kinds of fun.
The mistake Bannon is making is thinking that Trump ideologically agrees with him. He makes it sound like he can attack all these elements without attacking the president. But if there’s some secret agreement with Trump, why can’t he do it himself? Sounds like a very weak and passive aggressive president.
On the other hand, the other option is that Trump doesn’t really care about this ideology and if he doesn’t, then Bannon and Trump will be butting heads sooner than later.
Looks like I need to buy stock in popcorn companies.
Have an open thread. Hope you’re having a good weekend!!