Losing friends is not a good thing, especially when you don’t have many
On the brawl between Donald Trump and Steve Bannon all my sympathy goes for Bannon. The president’s former chief strategist has described the meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, and the president is not even arguing with him. His response is just an insult.
I heard Tucker Carlson saying that all this is about who’s closer to the Republican base. No, the issue more like whether Bannon is right, or not. Is it a treason to meet with representatives of a hostile nation, to plot against your political enemy? But not even that. A treason or a good move, we hear all kind of answers, depending on the political affiliation. The question here is how will Republicans keep winning if they are in war with their very few major media outlets? Trump betrayed everyone who played for him. Now he betrayed the guy who MADE him president – Bannon’s merit for the surprising election win is indisputable.
What can we expect from now on?
I don’t believe there’ll be war. Bannon is politically consistent. He had always been a conservative. Unlike Trump, who changed five times his political affiliation. Weakening his party for the sake of a personal win is not an option for him. The liberal wave is still far from gone here, or in Europe, it’s far from being defeated in Canada, and every sign of weakness in the conservative movement can be disastrous.
But will we hear more critical pitches from Breithbart news, regarding the governance of the country, we will. Trump just liberated one of the most powerful men in the media world from the obligation to be supportive. And this is not good news for the president.