The love affair between Breitbart, whose former head Steve Bannon was just fired by Donald Trump, just turned to hate, as confirmed by Joel Pollak, a Breitbart Editor, who moments ago tweeted one word:
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) August 18, 2017
As Axios’ Jonathan Swan explains, “Joel is a Breitbart editor. They’re going thermonuclear, I’m told. ”
Joel is a Breitbart editor. They’re going thermonuclear, I’m told. Story tk on Axios. https://t.co/92z4nrZnbT
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) August 18, 2017
Separately, as iBankCoin reports, investigative journalist and former Breitbart employee, Lee Stranahan, offered a quick quip on today’s news that Bannon has resigned from the White House, suggesting that Steve would ‘unleash the beast’ through his online publication and call out those working against the Trump agenda in the White House.
Dear @POTUS :
You have not yet figured out who your real enemies in the White House are. Best of luck without Bannon. #FireMcMaster
— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) August 18, 2017
Stranahan has been a long time loyalist to Bannon and ardent opponent to several people inside Trump’s White House, namely McMaster, Powell and Cohn. The theory he’s putting forth is that Bannon will have more power outside the White House than inside. While that might be true for Steve, I fail to see how fomenting more internal strife inside the Trump White House will be constructive at this point.
Nevertheless, it’s about to get real interesting soon. Watch
As for what Steve Bannon’s next steps would be, Axios reports that it “will be all about the billionaire Mercer family.”
I’m told Bannon, who visited New York this week, met with Bob Mercer and together they will be a well-funded force on the outside.
- Bannon has felt liberated since it became clear he was being pushed out, according to friends. He’s told associates he has a “killing machine” in Breitbart News, and it’s possible he returns to lead their editorial operation.
- A source familiar with Breitbart’s operations told me they would go “thermonuclear” against “globalists” that Bannon and his friends believe are ruining the Trump administration, and by extension, America.
- Watch for Breitbart’s Washington Editor Matt Boyle to be a central figure in this war — which has already begun — against White House officials like HR McMaster, Dina Powell, Gary Cohn, and Jared and Ivanka.
Then again, Trump may be spared. As Politico’s Robert Costa tweets, “One theme I’m picking up: Bannon believes next battle is *not* w/ Trump but w/ Kushner/Cohn/Dina/HR McMaster. “Save Trump,” as one R put it.”
One theme I’m picking up: Bannon believes next battle is *not* w/ Trump but w/ Kushner/Cohn/Dina/HR McMaster. “Save Trump,” as one R put it.
— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 18, 2017