Popular vote loser Donald Trump appears to have lost a friend in former adviser/chief white nationalist Steve Bannon, who’s new book seems to have struck a nerve with the White House over the past couple of days.
Trump fired back at Steve Bannon on Yesterday, saying he had “lost his mind” after being fired from the White House, which is a standard move by Trump. As soon as someone reveals the truth, they are the enemy.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” Trump said in the statement he issued in response to a new book by writer Michael Wolff about how the inside of the White House works under Trump.
Trump’s said is his statement that Bannon for pretending “to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was.”
“It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,” Trump added.
“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country…Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.”
There’s so much to unpack in those statements from Trump that I’m not sure where to begin.
Mostly, though, it’s interesting to watch Trump and his team try to downplay the significant role of yet another former adviser. You know how it goes: “Paul Manafort only worked for us for a few months,” “Papadopoulos was a small player,” “I barely know Mike Flynn,” etc. Now it’s “Steve didn’t do anything for us, we did everything for him.” That’s how Trump works.
And add to the backtracking reports that Trump is incredibly angry, possibly more than aides have ever seen him:
Indeed. Watch Twitter closely for the next few days, and expect Trump to go crazy on Bannon. You know, that guy who barely worked for him.