Bannon Out: What It Means for Team Trump?

Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Attribution: Gage Skidmore Source: Wikimedia Commons
Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Attribution: Gage Skidmore Source: Wikimedia Commons

President Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired. The decision didn’t come as a surprise in an administration where resignations and forced firing have become a trend.

Bannon is ousted as the second person after the White House chief of staff John Kelly took charge last month.

Former acting White House Communication Director Anthony Scaramucci was fired on July 31 shortly after Kelly came in as the White House chief of staff.

Mr. Bannon has been a leading figure in Trump campaign before the election and an outspoken defender of Trump since the beginning.

He used to be the editor of far-right Breitbart before joining the White House as the chief strategist. He was largely familiar with his alt-right speeches and has been an outspoken supporter of far-right agenda.

After getting fired from his position, Bannon declared ‘war’ for Trump, meaning his war is not going to be the U.S. President. He has declared war to defend the causes that elected Trump to the Presidency.

Speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joshua Green, Bannon said, “If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.”

Who is Steve Bannon?

We will try to figure out who is Steve Bannon through his own words. Steven Bannon introduces himself as a Leninist who wants to ‘destroy the state.’

Mr. Bannon said, “I’m a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

Mr. Bannon is a defender of alt-right causes. He said of Breitbart and himself in 2016, “We’re the platform for the alt-right.”

Mr. Bannon, according to himself, interesting though, is an anti-Republican as well. In 2010 Steve Bannon, disgusted with the Republican Party, said, “What we need to do is bitch-slap the GOP.”

In 2014, he said that the Republican Party and its leadership are “cunts.”

In an interview with the Washington Post, Mr. Bannon spoke ill of the Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. He said, Paul Ryan “was grown in a petri dish at the Heritage Foundation.”

Mr. Bannon was criticized for his comments on progressive women. He called the progressive women names. He said that the progressive women are ‘a bunch of hykes.’

Steve Bannon hates the Occupy Wall Street protesters. In an interview with The Atlantic, he said, “You want to go home and shower because you’ve just spent an hour and fifteen minutes with the greasiest, dirtiest people you will ever see.”

Steve Bannon is a nationalist according to himself. He believes that strong nationalist movements in countries make strong neighbors. He said, “I think strong countries and strong nationalist movements in countries make strong neighbors. And that is really the building blocks that built Western Europe and the United States, and I think it’s what can see us forward.”

Mr. Bannon believes that Islam is winning and Christianity is losing in Europe. He said, “To be brutally frank, I mean Christianity is dying in Europe, and Islam is on the rise.”

Mr. Bannon apparently doesn’t like Islam very much. According to Bannon, “Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of submission. Islam means submit.”

Steve Bannon thinks that the U.S. is in an ‘outright war’ against the Islamic fascism that is metastasizing far quicker than the government can handle it. Mr. Bannon said, “It’s a very unpleasant topic. But we are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism. And this war is, is, I think, metastasizing, almost far quicker than governments can handle it… We have Boko Haram and other groups that will eventually partner with ISIS in this global war.”

Mr. Bannon is fearless to address both Islam and China as expansionist. He said, “You have an expansionist Islam and you have an expansionist China. Right? They are motivated. They’re arrogant. They’re on the march. And they think the Judeo-Christian West is on the retreat.”

What does Bannon’s departure mean?

After Steve Bannon is fired, leading politicians expressed cautious reactions. Bernie Sanders tweeted after his departure, “The problem was never just Steve Bannon. It was and always will be Donald Trump.”

The House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi welcomed the news. But she said that this firing “doesn’t disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance… Personnel changes are worthless so long as President Trump continues to advance policies that disgrace our cherished American values…The Trump Administration must not only purge itself of the remaining white supremacists on staff but abandon the bigoted ideology that clearly governs its decisions.”

After far-right crusader Bannon is out, the mainstream Republicans would definitely love to see somebody more in tune with them would get the Chief Strategists role, if that position survives at all. Mr. Bannon wasn’t that congenial towards the Republican mainstream after all.

After Bannon’s declaration to continue to fight for Trump’s causes, the U.S. President has one less worry, as many feared that the alt-right might stop supporting him after Bannon’s departure.

But serving alt-right interest so long hasn’t paid off well for President Trump. He has the worst rating for a U.S. President ever. Amid chaos inside the White House administration, many of his critics and political experts have begun to count his days.

About Masum Billah 24 Articles
Masum Billah is a Staff Writer for The GeoStrategists. A Graduate from the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Masum Billah is a human rights activist. He writes columns on human rights, foreign policy, and terrorism.
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