After the ousting of White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon last week, rumors have been flying in all directions as to the terms in which Bannon had left. Did Bannon leave on his own terms, or was he shoved out by General Kelly, Jared Kushner, or the President himself? No one knows the whole story, but according to reports from people close to Bannon, he had his enemies within the White House.
This weekend, however, a series of reports emerged from the likes of Axios, The Atlantic and The Telegraph, indicating that Steve Bannon is ready for war. Bannon, who took back control of Breitbart following his White House departure, is also in talks with the Mercer family, a conservative billionaire donor/investor, to create his own TV network in order to take on Fox News.
“I feel jacked up. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. It’s Bannon the Barbarian. I am definitely going to crush the opposition. I built a f****** machine at Breitbart. We’re about to rev that machine up,” Bannon told Weekly Stardard.
A friend of Bannon also chimed in to The Atlantic, saying, “Steve is now unchained. He’s going nuclear. You have no idea. This is gonna be really f****** bad.”
Bannon allegedly has it out for a number of individuals, both within the White House and outside of it. This includes Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Outside the White House, Bannon will look to target key Republicans, who he felt were not on the side of his and Trump’s populist agenda. This specifically includes Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Bannon’s goal will be to expand his reach further than that of Breitbart, while influencing the President from afar and defeating
those people he sees as enemies. The former Chief Strategist didn’t expect to last longer than 8 months under Trump. He lasted about 7.
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