Donald Trump will have to fight a war on another front, as Steve Bannon rejoins Breitbart and sets his aim on the man who forced him out.
Trump reportedly hid behind his chief of staff and had him fire Bannon, despite Trump’s long-time association with the catchphrase “you’re fired.”
According to multiple reports, Bannon plans to use the information he learned serving alongside Trump in the White House and direct fire at what’s left of the Trump team.
Writer Gabriel Sherman reports that a friend of Bannon says Breitbart is “ramping up for war against Trump.”
If there is anyone who has the ability to destroy Trump, and to expose his dirtiest secrets, it could well be Bannon. That puts Trump in the incredibly awkward position of now having to keep Bannon happy, even after ousting him. That might not be possible.
After the news broke of Bannon’s removal from the White House, Breitbart editor Joel B. Pollak tweeted “#WAR,” which was used by Breitbart writers years ago to indicate the publication’s all-in effort to attack the left and the Republican establishment they disagree with.
Pollak also wrote that the decision to fire Bannon “may turn out to be the beginning of the end for the Trump administration.”
Another Bannon supporter said, “It’s hammer time.”
Other Trump supporters in the extremist media responded to the ouster with anger. Rape apologist Mike Cernovich said in an online video, “It’s a full on coup now.” That sentiment was echoed by serial hoaxster Jack Posobiec, who said it was also a “coup” and blamed “globalists.” Globalists is a term often used by the extreme right to refer to people of Jewish descent and is a modern spin on old anti-Semitic tropes.
Former Breitbart editor and smear merchant Ben Shapiro, who was forced out of the site in 2016, wrote, “Bannon is deeply vengeful, and supremely ambitious. He has already held the most powerful job he will ever have – unless, of course, his new job is to destroy Trump from the outside.”
Bannon had described Breitbart as a “platform for the alt-right,” the anti-immigration, anti-woman, anti-minority political movement that has become a dominant force within the Republican Party.
The site infamously used a “black crime” vertical to highlight stories about black people committing crime, as part of its racist mission and goals.
Despite these areas of agreement with Trump, he will now have a free hand to use whatever information he has obtained serving at Trump’s right hand to use while attacking him online.
It remains to be seen what other major conservative outlets that have been complete shills for Trump — Fox News, The Daily Caller, and others — will do as a new conservative civil war opens up.
The walls continue to close in on Trump as he hides out in is physical and ideological bunker, trapped by the hatred he helped to create and elevate.