Oh, how the mighty have fallen
In a tweet today, Tuesday, Breitbart posted an article announcing that “Stephen K. Bannon steps down from Breitbart News Network.” To spare you from having to click (and thereby support) the “alt-right” (yes, yes, Nazi) outlet, we’ve quoted the entire – very short – article below:
“Stephen K. Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News Network, where he served as Executive Chairman since 2012.
Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.
Bannon said, ‘I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.’
According to Breitbart CEO Larry Solov, ‘Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish’.”
As you can see, the article offers no reason(s) for Bannon “stepping down,” but it’s not hard to make a qualified guess: money.
As pretty much everyone knows by now, the recently published book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff caused quite a stir between Bannon and Trump, with the latter attacking the former on Twitter, calling him – among other things – “Sloppy Steve,” and saying in a statement that Bannon had “lost his mind.”
Bannon was extensively quoted throughout the book, and his comment about the Trump Tower meeting with Russians — “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately” — seems to have especially riled up the Trump family.
After Trump issued a statement in which he called Bannon “a staffer” (he was Chief Strategist in Trump’s White House), and generally tried to downplay the role Bannon had played through his campaign, yours truly expected Bannon to hit back at Trump with “fire and fury.” The popcorn was already in the microwave.
But alas, then the news broke that the extremely wealthy Mercer family, who has been backing Bannon financially for a long time, had closed their wallet.
And instead, Bannon issued the most un-Bannon like statement ever; it was painful to read, even if you do not like Steve Bannon. The level of groveling in it was astounding. However, even with all the groveling, there was no denial or refuting of the actual things he’d been quoted as saying in the book, which makes one wonder if there are tapes.
And now, Bannon is “stepping down” from Breitbart where he has been the top dog since 2012. You don’t have to be a “stable genius” to guess that the Mercer money played a big role.
All in all, we can’t say we’re sorry to see Steve Bannon go. And we wish him all he deserves in the times to come.
Featured image via Time Magazine