Trumps ex-chief strategist lost his White House job but, relishing his outsider status, he remains committed to his campaign against organisation Republicans
Bloodied but unbowed by recent political events, Steve Bannon intends to continue representing Donald Trump, flying the flag of insurgent nationalism and waging struggle on the Republican party establishment in 2018.
The man who once seemed a shadowy supremacy behind the throne- he at one point compared himself to Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors- is also set to take on an ever more prominent character on the stump as activist and speechmaker.
” He’ll continue to do what he’s already started, being an outside manipulator for Donald Trump and executing his threat to take the party to civil crusade ,” said Michael Steele , former chairman of the Republican National Committee( RNC ).
Bannon, 64, is at the end of a rollercoaster year. In February the then-White House chief strategist prepared the front cover of Time publication and the motto “President Bannon” gained favourite money, much to Trump’s irritation. By August he had been pushed out and returned to his upright as manager chairman of conservative Breitbart News. In December he backed the contentious Republican candidate Roy Moore in the Senate special poll in Alabama- and lost to a Democrat.
Bannon’s aura of invincibility was smashed and his reputation as field general and master strategist of the Trump movement was teased by mainstream Republican. Josh Holmes, a former chief of staff to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, tweeted sarcastically:” I’d just like to thank Steve Bannon for showing us how to lose the reddest country in the union .” But the Bannon camp spoke things differently, insisting that Moore had not been his original pick( Mo Brooks was) and blaming McConnell for failing to support the former judge.
Andy Surabian , a close Bannon confidant and elderly adviser to the pro-Trump Great America Alliance, said:” We lost the combat because Team Mitch successfully delivered the seat to a liberal Democrat, but we won the crusade because we successfully nationalised Mitch McConnell as the incarnation of the Republican establishment for 2018.”
While Trump’s approval rating wavers around 40%, McConnell’s is even worse. In an ABC News/ Washington Post ballot conducted between 29 October and 1 November- before congressional Republican notched up their first major legislative victory with tax reconstruct- simply 25% told me they approved of the method McConnell was handling his job; 51% disapproved.
Bannon, still enjoying the patronage of megadonor Rebekah Mercer, recently showed a” season of conflict” on Republican elites and is apparently lining up populist candidates to defy seven members of the eight Republican senators up during the elections in 2018. Surabian said:” Our strategy is to elect Republican in the’ America First’ Trump mould. We require candidates who won’t precisely poll with President Trump, but will fight for him and his agenda.
” Unfortunately there is a civil campaign in the Republican party. Steve is just the natural reaction to the civil campaign started by the failed constitution on the grassroots. The Democratic party organisation and donors broadly agree with their grassroots on nearly every issue; in the Republican party, the donors and establishment not only disagree with their grassroots, they think they’re stupid, especially on issues like busines and migration .”
Surabian, once described by the Politico website as ” a one-man military against Mitch McConnell “, included:” Beltway Republicans like McConnell have gibed at actual Republican voters for years now. It’s crazy when people say we must throw the Bannon/ Breitbart/ talk radio constituent out of the working party; that’s a good way to collateral the authorities concerned will never be in the majority of members again .”
Bannon’s relationship with Trump is more complex. A recent chart in Vanity Fair periodical observed:” While the two men harbor derision for one another that can kindle into rage, they can’t quit each other, either .” It quoth an administration official as went on to say that, since Bannon left the White House, he has had five telephone call with Trump, most initiated by the president. Bannon seems set to continue as an ambassador for Trumpism if not Trump.
Surabian, who worked with him on the presidential election campaign and in the White House, included:” Who is Steve Bannon? Bannon is simply a thoughtfulnes of the ones who speak Breitbart, listen to conservative radio and voted for President Trump. They know he has their backs. Steve is one of the biggest cheerleaders and advocates for Donald Trump on this planet .”
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