Bannon: ‘Why are McConnell, Ryan letting DEMS investigate TRUMP?’

(National SentinelSwamp: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon believes that Republican leaders in Congress are helping Democrats nullify President Donald J. Trump’s victory by allowing what he believes are politically motivated investigations against him to continue.

“The nullification of this election, I don’t think is coming from the Left,” Bannon told Charlie Rose in an interview that was released in full Tuesday night.

Portions of the interview aired on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, which included Bannon saying he does not think that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconson want the president’s “populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented.”

In the full interview, Bannon said, “Not only do you have a special prosecutor and the Justice Department and a couple of grand juries. You have on Capitol Hill … with Republican leadership, you have three separate committees.

“You have, I think, two in the Senate and one in the House,” Bannon said in reference to the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees and the House Intelligence Committee. “And they are investigating him and sending out subpoenas, and they’ve had some big breaks already.”

As noted by The Daily Caller:

The House Intelligence Committee has received a cache of documents from the Trump Organization, the Senate Judiciary Committee has questioned Donald Trump Jr, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“Principally the Republican leadership has allowed three committees to go and principally be run by Democrats,” Bannon said.

“I think [California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff] is running the House committee … looks like [Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner] is running the Senate committee and not [Republican North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr].”

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Gowdy to Mueller: ‘Don’t build case’ against TRUMP based on Steve Bannon statements (Video)

(National SentinelUnbelievable: South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy on Wednesday said during an interview with Fox News‘ Martha McCallum that former top White House political adviser Steve Bannon has a “credibility problem.”

As such, Gowdy warned special counsel Robert Mueller to avoid using his past criticisms of President Donald J. Trump, his son Donald Jr., and other members of the Trump campaign to build a case against them regarding alleged Russian collusion.

Gowdy was basing his statements on testimony Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, gave to the House Intelligence Committee, on which Gowdy sits, earlier this week.

“I think the only thing dangerous for President Trump or his campaign is credible evidence,” Gowdy said.

“This is the same witness that said there was a zero percent chance that the Russian lawyer wasn’t walked up to Trump, and when he was asked what that evidence was, he came up with nothing,” he added.

“This is the same witness that said that members of the president’s family committed acts of treason,” Gowdy noted further.

“So he’s got a credibility issue. If they’re hinging the entire case on Steve Bannon‘s credibility, good luck to the prosecution.”

Bannon testified for some 10 hours on Tuesday, refusing to answer many of the panel’s questions, much to their chagrin.

At one point, according to one report, Gowdy himself grilled Bannon over why he would say things about the Trump campaign and campaign team to Michael Wolff, author of the highly controversial new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” but not answer lawmakers’ questions.

Here’s Gowdy’s interview with McCallum:

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FIREWORKS! Prez advisor Stephen Miller SCHOOLS CNN’s Jake Tapper in fiery interview (Video)

(National SentinelThis is CNN: Top presidential advisor Stephen Miller went toe-to-toe with CNN host Jake Tapper on Saturday during a discussion about President Donald J. Trump’s mental fitness and a new book about his White House that has left many critics questioning its veracity.

During the interview, Miller slammed the network’s coverage of the president, citing instances where CNN‘s reporting about the White House and Russian “collusion” was false.

Miller also said the network was incapable of reaching the tens of millions of Americans who voted for the president based on his “America first” policies.

Tapper asked about Steve Bannon’s involvement in the Trump campaign and presidency.

Miller responded, “I think that what the point is that his role has been greatly exaggerated, whereas the president hasn’t gotten the due that he deserves for the movement he put together to tap into the kinds of people whose life concerns don’t get a lot of attention on CNN.

“Not a lot of hours of coverage on this TV talking about the working class construction workers who have lost their jobs to foreign labor,” he continued.

“There is not a lot of coverage on this TV about the people getting slaughtered in sanctuary cities. You don’t do a lot of human interest stories about immigrant communities under siege from MS-13,” Miller noted.

“He tapped into a reality that is happening in this country that is not covered on this network. And I know you think I’m interrupting you, but I think the American people deserve to have two or three minutes of the truth.”

Next Tapper also asked about Trump’s tweets declaring that he is a “very stable genius,” in response to Democrat and media attacks on his mental fitness.

Tapper asked, “Do you think tweets like that help or hurt the cause that the president is stable and up for the job?”

“Not only do I think they help it, but I think in the toxic environment you’ve created here in CNN and cable news, which is a crisis of legitimacy for your network, and we saw it, of course, with the extremely fake news that you reported about the Don Jr. and Wikileaks story,” Miller responded.

“That was a huge embarrassment for your network. Just like the huge embarrassment you had when you got the Comey testimony wrong.”

Later, a clearly upset Tapper accused Miller of “not answering the questions.”

“You have 24 hours a day of anti-Trump material and you’re not going to give three minutes for the American people…”

At that, Tapper cut off Miller, saying, “I get it. There’s one viewer you care about right now and you’re being obsequious and you’re being a factotum in order to please him, okay? I think I wasted enough of my viewers’ time.”

Here is the segment:

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Bannon releases FULL STATEMENT after ‘Fire and Fury’ debacle: Defends DON Jr.; FULLY backs Trump

(National SentinelMIA Mea Culpa: Breitbart News chief and former presidential political strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday issued a full statement of support for President Donald J. Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., following massive fall-out over comments he allegedly made to author Michael Wolff for his new book.

Bannon had come under fire from the president and his son over comments he allegedly made to Wolff for his new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Several critics have questioned the veracity of Wolff’s accounts after he himself said in an author’s note contained within the book that he could not verify everything he wrote.

That said, observers note that Bannon’s mea culpa suggests his comments were accurate.

Among other things, Wolff quoted former top Trump political strategist Steve Bannon as saying that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016 as being treasonous.

He also predicted that special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation is focusing on “money laundering” involving former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Kushner.

“This was a smart move for Steve Bannon,” The Gateway Pundit noted. “Everyone knew the comments in ‘Fire and Fury’ were taken out of context. And everyone knows Donald Trump Jr. is a patriot.

“The statement was clear, not too soft and keeps Steve Bannon in place as a top voice for the #MAGA movement,” the site noted further.

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It’s BOGUS! ‘Bombshell’ Trump tell-all author Michael Wolff ADMITS he can’t verify EVERYTHING

(National SentinelFiction: Michael Wolff, the author of an explosive new book about Donald J. Trump’s presidency, has admitted that he cannot say that everything contained in its pages is 100 percent accurate, which has thrown all of what’s in the tome in doubt for many critics.

A political firestorm surrounding the book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” began earlier this week after excerpts of it were featured by The Guardian.

Among other things, Wolff quoted former top Trump political strategist Steve Bannon as saying that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016 as being treasonous.

He also predicted that special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation is focusing on “money laundering” involving former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Kushner.

“Trump is not spared,” the news site reported. “Wolff writes that Thomas Barrack Jr, a billionaire who is one of the president’s oldest associates, allegedly told a friend: ‘He’s not only crazy, he’s stupid.’”

But in an author’s note included in the book, Wolff said he was not certain that all the allegations, accusations and statements in the book were true, casting significant doubt on all of its contents, critics charged on Friday.

He said several of his sources were flatly lying to him, while others said things that were contradictory in nature.

Many of those were nonetheless included in his book. Wolff said in his author’s note that he and the publisher are including them, “allowing the reader to judge” whether the sources’ claims are true.

In other instances, Wolff said he used his instincts as a journalist to relay “a version of events I believe to be true.”

“Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book,” he wrote.

“Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true,” he continued.

However, reported by Business Insider:

The book itself, reviewed by Business Insider from a copy acquired prior to its Friday publication, is not always clear about what level of confidence the author has in any particular assertion.

The book makes a number of significant, yet unsubstantiated, claims, including that Trump never wanted to be president, that all of his senior staff considered him an idiot, that he tried to lock the Secret Service out of his room, and that he ate at McDonald’s to avoid being poisoned.

For his part, the president tweeted that he never spoke once to Wolff.

“I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!” he wrote, the last part being a jab at Bannon.

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More than one alleged source has already refuted a quote attributed to them in the book. Wolff claimed that longtime friend and confidante of Trump’s, billionaire real estate developer Thomas Barrack Jr., had some hard words for the president.

As for Barrack, a longtime friend of Trump’s, he has also denied saying what Wolff claimed.

The New York Times’ Maggie Habberman reported that Barrack told her the quote is “totally false.”

“Barrack said he spoke to Wolffe once, says he never said the quote attributed to him to Wolffe or anyone. ‘Totally false,’ Barrack said by phone just now. Tom Barrack adds, ‘It’s clear to anyone who knows me that those aren’t my words and inconsistent with anything I’ve ever said.’ He says Wolffe never ran that quote by him to ask if it was accurate,” tweeted Haberman.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who the book said warned Trump that he may be under surveillance from British spies, issued a statement saying the claim is “categorically absurd” and “simply untrue.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to engage reporters who asked about the administration’s response to the book’s charges and claims.

“I’m not going to waste my time or the country’s time going page by page and talking about a book that is complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip,” she said Friday.

In an interview with Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie, Wolff defended his book and his journalistic chops.

“My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has ever walked on Earth at this point,” he said, in an apparent reference to Trump.

However, as The Washington Post reported, Wolff has a lengthy history of getting facts wrong or inventing them out of thin air.

“He has been accused of not just re-creating scenes in his books and columns, but of creating them wholesale,” the paper reported.

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WUT? Steve Bannon changes course, calls Trump ‘a great man’ he SUPPORTS ‘every day’

(National SentinelConfusion: Former chief political strategist Steve Bannon reversed course Wednesday evening during an appearance on on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight to claim that he supports President Donald J. Trump the same day disparaging remarks reportedly made by him about his former boss were published.

As reported by Breitbart News, which Bannon leads, the former presidential adviser said,   “The President of the United States is a great man. You know I support him day in and day out, whether going through the country giving the Trump Miracle speech or on the show or on the website, so I don’t you have to worry about that. But I appreciate the kind words.”

Continuing, Bannon said, “President Trump, with the whole swamp up there, the D.C. apparatus, the nullification project, everything going on; he is fighting every day. There’s no doubt in your mind, right?

“And maybe things get off track, or stuff gets said, and all this heated stuff, but however, this is a guy, you voted for him, you supported him, is there any doubt in your mind he’s been fighting for and working for you, the deplorables, the forgotten man and woman, the silent majority, every day he’s been there?” he said.

The escalating war of words between Trump and Bannon comes after The Guardian published excerpts of a new book on the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, in which he quotes Bannon making dire predictions about how special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will affect Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The news site noted that in Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Bannon slams Trump’s son, Don Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner as behaving in a  “treasonous” manner, among other things, for taking a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016.

He also predicted that Mueller is focusing on “money laundering” involving former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Kushner.

The comments drew a rebuke from Trump, who accused Bannon of losing his mind after he was fired by the commander-in-chief and that Bannon had little to do with his election victory.

Meanwhile, as ABC News reported, lawyers on behalf of Trump have sent Bannon, the president’s former chief political strategist, a cease-and-desist letter demanding he stop making further disparaging statements about Trump’s family.

Trump attorney Charles J. Harder of the firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP, said in a statement, “This law firm represents President Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent.”

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Bannon BUST: Billionaire backer BAILS as Trump lawyer threatens LAWSUIT over disparaging comments

(National SentinelCock Fight: The war between former top political advisor Steve Bannon and his former boss President Donald J. Trump took on new twists overnight as the Breitbart News chief lost the support of a key billionaire backer while facing the threat of a lawsuit.

As reported by The Hill, Bannon lost the support of billionaire Rebekah Mercer, who is an ally of the president, after he suggested he may challenge Trump in 2020.

“A person close to Mercer told The Washington Post that she no longer supports Bannon. According to the report, Mercer was frustrated with Bannon’s strategy in the Alabama Senate Race, and pulled her funding after he told other major conservative donors that Mercer would back Bannon in his own presidential bid,” The Hill noted.

Bannon backed Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama race after he defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in a GOP primary last year. Trump initially supported Strange but eventually got on board with Moore in order to keep Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former seat in Republican hands.

But after several revelations that Moore may have sexually harassed or abused teenage girls as an adult, his candidacy flagged and he was eventually defeated by Democrat Doug Jones, who was sworn into the U.S. Senate earlier this week.

“The core constituency for Breitbart is what you would call the Trump Deplorables. That’s the audience. And if they’re asked to choose between Steve and Trump, they’re going to choose Trump. That’s clear,” a person familiar with Breitbart News‘ operations told The Post.

It isn’t clear from the Post report if Mercer will continue to support Breitbart News either, though she bought a stake in the news organization from her father in November. The Post did say that Mercer would no longer support any Bannon projects.

Meanwhile, as ABC News reported, lawyers on behalf of Trump have sent Bannon, the president’s former chief political strategist, a cease-and-desist letter demanding he stop making further disparaging statements about Trump’s family.

Trump attorney Charles J. Harder of the firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP, said in a statement, “This law firm represents President Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients.

“Legal action is imminent,” the statement continued.

In a letter to Bannon, Harder writes, “You [Bannon] have breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, knowing that they would be included in Mr. Wolff’s book and publicity surrounding the marketing and sale of his book.”

During his campaign, then-candidate Trump had all campaign staff sign non-disclosure agreements which disallowed them from making any disparaging comments about him or his family, or the Trump organization, among other things.

The letter and escalating war between Bannon and Trump comes after The Guardian published excerpts of a new book on the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, in which he quotes Bannon making dire predictions about how special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will affect Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The news site noted that in Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Bannon slams Trump’s son, Don Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner as behaving in a  “treasonous” manner, among other things, for taking a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016.

He also predicted that Mueller is focusing on “money laundering” involving former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Kushner.

Manafort has filed a lawsuit against Mueller and the Justice Department, accusing both of overreaching with criminal charges brought last fall that included money laundering and tax evasion.

“Trump is not spared” either, The Guardian reported. “Wolff writes that Thomas Barrack Jr, a billionaire who is one of the president’s oldest associates, allegedly told a friend: ‘He’s not only crazy, he’s stupid.’”

Barrack immediately denied making those statements to The New York Times‘ Maggie Habberman.

“Barrack said he spoke to Wolffe once, says he never said the quote attributed to him to Wolffe or anyone. ‘Totally false,’ Barrack said by phone just now. Tom Barrack adds, ‘It’s clear to anyone who knows me that those aren’t my words and inconsistent with anything I’ve ever said.’ He says Wolffe never ran that quote by him to ask if it was accurate,” tweeted Haberman.

Trump responded to Bannon’s criticisms in a statement Wednesday, claiming he got to the campaign late and was not responsible in any way for his victory.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday.

“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party,” he added.

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Trump UNLOADS on former advisor Steve Bannon: ‘He LOST his mind’

(National SentinelBreak-up: President Donald J. Trump took aim at his one-time senior presidential advisor Steve Bannon on Wednesday after publication of comments critical of Trump and his family were published by The Guardian.

The excerpts were included in an upcoming book by Michael Wolff, in which Bannon slams the Trump’s son, Don Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner as behaving in a  “treasonous” manner, among other things.

The Breitbart News chief also slams campaign chairman Paul Manafort and calls their infamous meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday.

“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party,” he added.

He noted that Bannon did not deserve any credit for the president’s victory.

“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look,” Trump said.

“Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself,” he continued.

Trump also accused Bannon of being one of the infamous administration leakers of information to the media, which plague the White House early on.

“Steve pretends 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,” he said. “It is the only thing he does well.”

He added, “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.”

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Here’s what Rush Limbaugh has to say about the Judge Moore scandal

(National SentinelPolitical: Top conservative talker Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday weighed into the current scandal surrounding U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, saying he believes that the Republican establishment’s quick abandonment of the Alabama contender is driven by its leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

As reported by Breitbart News, Limbaugh also said that the GOP establishment was attempting to send a message to former Trump top political strategist Steve Bannon, who now leads the news site and who has been threatening to back primary challengers to Beltway Republicans.

“Whether Judge Moore did the deed or deeds or not, what’s really happening here folks, if you really want to know – it’s a multi-faceted search-and-destroy mission here,” Limbaugh said.

“But what’s really driving this – do not doubt me about this. But what’s really driving this is Mitch McConnell saying to Steve Bannon, ‘Really? You think you’re going to get your guys elected? You think you are going to get your guys elected and me kicked out of here? Really? Seriously? OK, watch this.’”

McConnell backed Sen. Luther Strange, whom Moore defeated in a September primary. Strange was appointed to the seat when it was vacated by Jeff Sessions after he became President Donald J. Trump’s attorney general.

“Don’t forget, Judge Moore is – Trump did not endorse him, but Steve Bannon, I don’t know – endorsed, chose, go behind, supports, what have you,” Limbaugh continued.

“And Bannon has been very upfront about the objective he has, and that’s to get Mitch McConnell out of the Senate. And so I don’t think – even if all we had was one allegation against Judge Moore, this was going to be it for Judge Moore,” he said.

“It didn’t matter because this is now being used to send a message to Bannon and his group that you just – you think you’re going to get rid of me, well take a look at what’s going to happen every time you try. So that clearly is a factor here.”

Moore has denied allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a teenaged girl some 40 years ago when she was 14 and he was in his early 30s.


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Five separate women have come forward to level charges of a sexual nature against him. He has denied the charges and even said he planned to sue the Washington Post, which first reported the claims.

McConnell and several other Republicans have called on Moore to drop out of the race. There has even been some discussion of having Sessions run again for his old seat, or to be appointed by Alabama’s governor, in order to salvage it for the GOP.

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Bannon, Ingraham unite to help depose #nevertrump GOP Sen. Flake

(National SentinelTrump First: Former presidential advisor Steve Bannon is teaming up with Fox News host and talk show queen Laura Ingraham to unseat #nevertrump RINO Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Flake is the latest target of the populist American-First movement began by President Donald J. Trump during his campaign last year, and which helped Judge Roy Moore defeat incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama during a primary last month.

“This revolt is going from Alabama to Arizona,” Bannon proclaimed in a reference to Moore’s win.

Bannon and Ingraham were in Arizona Tuesday night to help Dr. Kelli Ward launch her effort to successfully primary Flake, who has been all about trashing Trump and thwarting the agenda that got him elected.

Bannon told the crowd of hundreds he backs Moore and now Ward because they back the president’s agenda, not that of the GOP establishment.

Added Ingraham, “It’s time to melt the snowflake.”

The conservative host contended that Flake’s willingness to “give away the Supreme Court” by refusing to support Trump’s candidacy made him unfit to serve as a Republican senator.

There are troubling signs ahead for Flake already. He is the least popular senator up for re-election, according to a Morning Consult poll conducted over the summer.

Of those surveyed, just 37 percent approved of his job performance, while 45 percent disapproved.

The two GOP senators who are even less popular — Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Majority Leader — aren’t up for reelection next year. That said, with McCain being stricken with brain cancer, it’s hard to say how long he will remain healthy enough to serve. And McConnell and Trump sort of made up this week.

Slowly but surely the GOP establishment and its #nevertrump wing are learning that ditching this president isn’t a good move, politically. And there are America firsters like Bannon and Ingraham waiting in the wings to support challengers to those Republicans who continue to behave like Democrats when it comes to the Trump agenda.

As for Ward, who was first elected to Arizona state Senate in 2012, she currently has a double-digit lead over Flake in polling.

“I’m a liberty-loving constitutional conservative that’s ready to go to Washington and drain the swamp,” Ward said.

Yeah, that’s not Flake.

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Bannon’s world: Former Trump chief advisor slams GOP establishment in “60 Minutes” interview

(National SentinelThe Swamp: President Donald J. Trump’s one-time chief strategist, Steve Bannon, noted in an interview with “60 Minutes’” Charlie Rose on Sunday that his former boss’ biggest legislative obstacles in Washington are members of the Republican establishment.

“The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face,” said Bannon, who is once again heading up Breitbart News, in his first interview since leaving the West Wing.

He also had little good to say about House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Bannon said during a meeting at Trump Tower shortly after Trump won the November 8 election, McConnell tried to convince the incoming team that talk of “draining the swamp” had to end.

“Mitch McConnell when we first met him … he basically says, ‘don’t want to hear any more of this “drain the swamp” talk,’” said Bannon. “In the 48 hours after we won, there’s a fundamental decision that was made. You might call it the original sin of the administration. We embraced the establishment. … Because you had to staff a government.”

As for Ryan, Bannon faulted him and McConnell for failing to get an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill to Trump’s desk for signature.

“The plan was to do Obamacare because, remember, Paul Ryan and these guys come in and said, ‘We’ve done this for seven years. We’ve voted on this 50 times.’ … There is wide discrepancy in the Republican Party, as we know today, now that we’re in it. But I will tell you, leadership didn’t know it at the time. They didn’t know it till the very end,” he said.

On the issue of the Russian “collusion” narrative that was cooked up by Democrats, their allies in the media, and even latched onto by some Republicans, Bannon said it was nothing but a side show. “There’s nothing to the Russia investigation. It’s a waste of time. … I think it’s far from conclusive that the Russians had any impact on this election,” he said.

red-alert-FO-160x600But Bannon also believes that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey was a monumental error, though he wouldn’t say whether he agreed with it or not.

Calling it “the biggest mistake in [modern] political history,” the former chief strategist said had Trump not let Comey go, there wouldn’t be a special prosecutor probing the president’s finances today.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel, yes,” he told Rose.

Breitbart noted further:

Bannon described [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign as “directionally” very different from when Comey was leading it.

“We would not have the Mueller investigation. We would not have the Mueller investigation and the breadth that, clearly, Mr. Mueller is going for,” he said. (Related: Bannon: Trump not fooled by Russians, knows they’re ‘not good guys.’)

Bannon also spoke frankly about immigration, and what the media and most everyone in Washington “gets wrong” about it.

“I’m worried about losing the House now because of this – because of DACA …  it will be a civil war inside the Republican party that will be every bit as vitriolic as 2013,” he said in regards to Trump’s decision to toss out President Obama’s executive order authorizing the program, very likely unconstitutionally.

Too many Republicans are in favor of keeping it, which he thinks will bode ill for them at the ballot box in 2018.

As for immigration in general, Bannon told Rose, “You couldn’t be more dead wrong [about immigration]. America was built on her citizens,” he said.

“What built America…called the American system, from Hamilton to Polk to Henry Clay to Lincoln to the Roosevelts. A system of protection of our manufacturing, financial system that lends to manufacturers, okay, and the control of our borders.”

He also said, like Trump, he’s a “street fighter.”

This story originally appeared at Trump.news.

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Bannon: Trump not fooled by Russians, knows they’re ‘not good guys’

(National SentinelForeign Policy: Former chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon told “60 Minutes” host Charlie Rose Sunday night that President Donald J. Trump hasn’t been duped by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He criticizes the Russians all the time. He knows the Russians are not good guys,” Bannon, now back with Breitbart News, told Rose.

He added that Trump would rather spend money fixing problems in America than pick fights abroad, especially costly fights with nuclear-armed enemies.

That said, Bannon added: “We should be focused on how we bring the Cold War to an end. I think it was President Obama’s program, $1 trillion to upgrade the nuclear arsenal. Is that what you want to do? Is that where you want to spend your money? Would you rather spend $1 trillion in Cleveland, in Baltimore, in the inner cities of this country where we need to spend it, in the heartland of this nation? And I think what he’s trying to say, in a world of anarchy, do you need another enemy?”

He said the suggestion by the legacy media and others that Trump should “criticize” Russian “stuns” him.

“What his point is, why pick another fight? We’ve got enough problems around the world,” he said.

Rose asked Bannon about the alleged Team Trump-Russia collusion, which he dismissed as “a complete and total farce.”

Asked about any intelligence he might have seen suggesting Russia interfered in the U.S. election, Bannon said he couldn’t discuss classified information. But, he noted, “I think it’s far from conclusive that the Russians had any impact on this election.”

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Bannon Unleashed: Calls out Gary Cohn, says he ‘should have resigned’ over split with Trump on Charlottesville

(National SentinelPolitical Dogfight: Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, now back with Breitbart News, the influential conservative media enterprise he ran before joining then-GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s campaign, is set to launch broadsides at current Trump administration figures in a soon-to-be-released interview with “60 Minutes.”

As reported by his news organization, one of Bannon’s targets is Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic advisor, who broke publicly with the president over the latter’s comments following the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., last month that both Left-wing and Right-wing groups were to blame.

“If you’re going to break with him resign. The stuff that was leaked out that week by certain members of the White House, I thought that was unacceptable,” Bannon told CBS anchor Charlie Rose in an interview.

Breitbart News noted further:

Gary Cohn complained about Trump’s response on-the-record and associates revealed to the New York Times that he had even drafted a resignation letter. His son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka Trump urged him to “take a more moderate stance” according to the New York Times.

Bannon called out Cohn by name.

“I’m obviously talking about Gary Cohn and some other people,” he said. “If you don’t like what he’s doing and you don’t agree with it, you have an obligation to resign.”

Bannon went on to say in the interview that Trump wasn’t defending neo-Nazis and white supremacists, but merely the language and spirit of the First Amendment.

He also described himself as a “street fighter” for Trump who would continue to support the president outside the White House.

“By the way, I think that’s why President Trump and I get along. Donald Trump’s a fighter, great counterpuncher. He’s a fighter. I’m going to be his wingman outside for the entire time,” Bannon said.

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Bannon back to Breitbart after departing White House

(National Sentinel) Politics & Media: Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon left the Trump administration on Friday morning, and by evening already had his old job back at the head of Breitbart News.

The site reported:

Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon returned as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Friday afternoon and chaired the company’s evening editorial meeting.

Ranked the #63 website in America by Amazon-owned ‪Alexa.com, and with the #13 Facebook page in the world, Breitbart News is considered the most influential populist website in the world.

“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow. “Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.”

Breitbart News CEO and President Larry Solov agreed. “Breitbart’s pace of global expansion will only accelerate with Steve back,” said Solov. “The sky’s the limit.”

Bannon joined President Donald J. Trump’s campaign in August 2016, about a year to the day after he submitted his resignation, which reportedly came Aug. 7.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Friday afternoon. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”

While there is much speculation among the political chattering class about how much Bannon’s departure will mean to Trump’s base, not everyone sees it as a bad thing. An editorial in The Wall Street Journal claimed Trump “can’t govern with a Breitbart coalition,” insinuating that conservative populism won’t win the day:

Mr. Bannon will get historical credit for getting Mr. Trump elected, joining the campaign late with Kellyanne Conway and giving it more discipline and focus. At the White House, he was among the advocates for Mr. Trump’s two main achievements—deregulation and Neil Gorsuch’s elevation to the Supreme Court.

Yet by any measure the rest of the Bannon Presidency was a colossal failure. The former Breitbart publisher was a major source of White House dysfunction as he brought his brawling campaign style indoors. His Manichean, almost apocalyptic view of politics—us vs. them, patriots vs. “globalists,” America has only a short time to avoid self-destruction—might work in an election campaign. It isn’t suitable to building a coalition to govern.

Not everyone agrees with that assessment. One-time diehard Trump supporter and conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, in an interview with the Left-wing Daily Beast, lambasted Trump over the Bannon rift, claiming that the president has abandoned his core constituency and campaign pledges, in lieu of siding with “Wall Street” and the same old corporate interests.

I’m ticked off at the Emperor God,” said Coulter, who last year authored a book with that worshipful title (subtitle: “E Pluribus Awesome”), as she processed Friday’s firing of chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon (Editor’s note – Bannon wasn’t fired; he resigned).

“If Trump wants to prove that he didn’t get the good ideas from Bannon, then it better be pedal-to-the-metal on deportations, the Wall, that tax hike on people who make more than $5 million a year, which I understand was Bannon’s idea but perhaps I was wrong. If that was Trump’s idea, then let’s have it!… Did you hear that on Wall Street, they were cheering today?” she said.

It’s way too early for a couple of things: 1) to pretend to know how Bannon’s departure will affect Trump’s presidency and his base; and 2) to place more blame on Trump rather than the GOP-controlled Congress for lack of progress on his agenda.

Update: Just to further define what Bannon’s departure from the Trump administration means, “If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” Bannon told Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joshua Green.

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Bannon out at White House; Left claims another victim of Team Trump

(National SentinelWest Wing: The departure of President Donald J. Trump’s chief strategist, former Breitbart chief Steve Bannon, from the White House had been rumored for weeks, and it finally happened earlier today.

As reported by the New York Post:

Top presidential adviser and white nationalist bomb-thrower Steve Bannon is out of a job, the White House said Friday.

“Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Kelly had earlier wrapped up a review of the West Wing staff and the former Breitbart editor, the voice of the alt-right who had the president’s ear, was the first casualty.

“Bannon had one hell of a run,” tweeted Matt Drudge, who first reported the story.

Bannon had been on the outs with Trump before for grandstanding and stealing the spotlight, but the president suspected he was one of the main leakers in the administration, trashing his colleagues in news reports.

The notoriously thin-skinned president resented the publicity Bannon had been getting as the supposed mastermind of Trump’s campaign and upset victory.

One White House source told Axios, “His departure may seem turbulent in the media, but inside it will be very smooth. He has no projects or responsibilities to handoff.”

No one is more pleased about this than the Marxist Left, embodied in the Democratic Party and their allied “mainstream” media, but in reality, Trump deserves credit for making this move.

Yes, Trump. While it’s been reported that Bannon handed in his resignation Aug. 7, if Trump really wanted him to stay then he would still be there.

As for Trump’s reported angst at being upstaged by Bannon, only the president knows for sure if that’s valid. But what is true is that Bannon was a major distraction for the president and his administration, and his departure will help Trump regain control over his agenda, his West Wing and his presidency.

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