In a rare interview with a progressive magazine, American Prospect, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon went after white supremacists amid national outrage over last weekend’s racist fueled Charlottesville car attack.
I asked Bannon about the connection between his program of economic nationalism and the ugly white nationalism epitomized by the racist violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s reluctance to condemn it. Bannon, after all, was the architect of the strategy of using Breitbart to heat up white nationalism and then rely on the radical right as Trump’s base.
He dismissed the far right as irrelevant and sidestepped his own role in cultivating it: “Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.”
“These guys are a collection of clowns,” he added.
Recent reports suggest Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s days are numbered at the White House. Such reports have dogged Bannon for months and yet, the former Breitbart News chairman is still a top official in the Trump administration. At a press conference at Trump Tower in New York City, President Trump broke his silence on Steve Bannon’s future at the White House.
Washington Examiner reports:
President Trump on Tuesday called his chief strategist Steve Bannon a “good man,” but answered vaguely when asked whether he has confidence in Bannon.
“We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon, but he’s a good person and I think the press treats him frankly very unfairly,” he said in Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday.
Bannon has been the subject of speculation for the last few weeks, and some reports say he’s on the way out of the White House. Trump said only that he likes Bannon, and refused to speculate on his fate.
Trump also reiterated that he got far in the 2016 primaries without Bannon’s help.
“I like Mr. Bannon. He’s a friend of mine. But Mr. Bannon came on very late, you know that,” Trump said.
Former Donald Trump assistant and political consultant Sam Nunberg went off on H. R. McMaster and Matt Drudge Sunday in an interview with The Daily Caller. Nunberg was particularly upset with The Drudge Report’s recent attacks on Chief Trump Strategist Steve Bannon.
Nunberg threatened Matt Drudge with “serious fooking consequences” if he continues his “jihad” against Steve Bannon.
Nunberg told The Daily Caller that he was “very perturbed” by the Axios story and tied in Bannon’s reported downfall to the Drudge Report, which continues to link to stories that are negative to the White House chief strategist.
“Matt should go back into his hobble hole in Miami and listen to techno,” the former Trump campaign adviser said. “Matt should understand that people like me can blow him the fook up. F-o-o-k, Conor McGregor. Blow him the fook up [sic].” (Nunberg was referencing Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, who pronounces “fuck” as “fook.”)
Drudge has not made it known why he doesn’t favor Bannon on his site. However, he has previously suspected Bannon of leaking in an email reviewed by TheDC, and he is known to link to articles that paint reported Bannon foe Jared Kushner in a positive light.
“Matt should understand there will be serious fucking consequences if he continues this jihad against Steve Bannon,” Nunberg told TheDC. “I was somebody with [Trump] for four and half fucking years who understood and came up with a formula to win…Matt Drudge is somebody who wants web traffic.”…