Having discontinued contributing to Breitbart soon after Andrew passed away, I never had a chance to know Steve Bannon personally. Sure I defended Bannon against charges of Antisemitism, but that was because the charges were fake.
What I didn’t know until much later in the 2016 campaign was that Mr. Bannon could be ruthless towards people with whom disagrees. That ruthlessness continued when he entered the White House and now that he’s left the administration, Bannon’s rage is directed toward the man he helped to elect.
Bannon doesn’t have the best reputation, after all, he is a bully who spreads false rumors about people, but nobody thought he would display such disloyalty to the guy who brought him into the campaign, the White House and made him a household name.
In a Vanity Fair interview covered here yesterday, Steve Bannon called the President an “11-year-old child.”
The Guardian newspaper revealed explosive parts of a new book called “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff. The book is described as lifting “the lid on a White House lurching from crisis to crisis amid internecine warfare, with even some of Trump’s closest allies expressing contempt for him.”
In his interview for the book, Bannon goes after the President and the most important things in Trump’s life, his beloved family. Specifically Don Jr. and Jared Kushner. But make no mistake he may have been talking about Trump’s family but his attacks were meant to hit the POTUS below the belt
He is particularly scathing about a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton but instead of alerting the FBI to a potential assault on American democracy by a foreign power, Trump Jr replied in an email: “I love it.”
The meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, Bannon remarked mockingly: “The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
Bannon went on, Wolff writes, to say that if any such meeting had to take place, it should have been set up “in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people”. Any information, he said, could then be “dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication”.
He also says it is his belief the June 2016 meeting was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”…