Once considered the power behind the throne of Donal Trump, Steven Bannon has had a pretty terrible week. The Breitbart chief didn’t last very long as chief strategists once Trump actually took office, and in the months since his exit, he’s become more and more critical of the president.
He’s admitted multiple times he wants to rip apart the GOP, and he’s very actively been waring with the Establishment for its lack of conservatism in recent elections, like in Alabama. His assault on the Republican Party has made him a bigger enemy to the party than any leftist, which could be considered a badge of honor. But recent weeks have seen him burn even more bridges, as he’s completely turned on Trump, calling meetings held in Trump Tower “treasonous.”
As reported at the New York Post, Bannon’s fiery attacks on Trump have led some to call for his ousting at Breitbart, but while his future there is up in the air, even worse, a long-time billionaire benefactor has officially cut ties with him due to his recent comments.
Rebekah Mercer, a billionaire conservative who’s bankrolled much of Bannon’s political career, has kicked him to the curb after excerpts of his anti-Trump comments came to light from a newly released book about the Trump administration.
In a statement Thursday, Mercer claimed she hasn’t talked to Bannon in months.
“I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected,” Mercer said in the statement.
“My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements.”
Bannon is quoted in Michael Wolff’s politically explosive new book, “Fire and Fury” as saying the Trump Tower meeting between Trump aides and Russian envoys was “treasonous.”
According to the book, Bannon also called the president’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, “dumb as a brick.”
Recent reports also claim that Trump’s lawyers have sent Bannon a cease and desist letter, telling him to stop making disparaging comments about the president and his family. The letter claims that by talking with Wolff about the issues found in the book, Bannon violated agreements.
As it stands, Bannon is taking a huge credibility hit from this whole ordeal, as practically everyone is standing behind Trump and condemning his criticisms of the president. How or if he’ll be able to recover and affect the upcoming midterms is anyone’s guess, but there’s no question that his influence won’t be as potent as it might have been.
Source: New Post York