My how the mighty have fallen. Steven Bannon has found his name among those on the trail of shame.
The former White House advisor announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his position at Breitbart as Executive Chairman.
However, it appears his departure was more of a forced hand rather than a willing resignation.
Mr. Bannon’s departure, which was forced by a onetime financial patron, Rebekah Mercer, comes as Mr. Bannon remained unable to quell the furor over remarks attributed to him in a new book in which he questions President Trump’s mental fitness and disparages his elder son, Donald Trump Jr.
Mr. Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth transition, a statementfrom the company’s chief executive, Larry Solov, said.
In the statement, Mr. Bannon added that he was “proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”
No one has been more closely identified with the Breitbart website or had more to do with emboldening its defiant editorial spirit than Mr. Bannon did after its namesake, Andrew Breitbart, died of a heart attack in 2012. In Washington, Mr. Bannon works and lives part time in a townhouse nicknamed the Breitbart Embassy.
Several sources are reporting that Trump basically told people in the White House: “it’s me or Steve.”
Not to mention, people like Rush Limbaugh and Ben Shapiro believe that Bannon is actually the White House leaker.
Axios reports that a former White House ally of Bannon said, “I’ve gone from being sympathetic to Steve to believing he’s a genuinely bad guy, totally duplicitous. It’s a shame. He has a lot of talent. But his self-destructive streak is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”
President Trump has been working the phones over the past several days telling allies they need to choose between him and former adviser Steve Bannon. For almost everyone it’s been an easy choice: Trump.
What’s next: Look for senior policy adviser Stephen Miller to make a rare appearance on Jake Tapper’s Sunday CNN Show “State of the Union” tomorrow. Miller has for the longest time been described in the press as a Bannon ally, but that’s not quite true and I expect he will perform a public evisceration of Bannon for a gleeful audience of one.
I wonder if this will open doors back up for Milo or not?
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