The unexpected departure of Steve Bannon from the White House this week has drawn cheers from the left and the mainstream media how ever but they might be celebrating too soon.
Bannon’s departure has been painted as a victory against the controversial strategist. However, his plans for the immediate future should send chills down the backs of any opponent of Donald Trump.
Far from indicating a split between Trump and Bannon — the dominant media narrative — Bannon said his departure from the White House made his top priority possible.
The right-leaning mogul is back at what he does best, and his plans were summarized with just five words: “Going to war for Trump.”
“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,” Bannon announced to Bloomberg on Friday.
That statement came just hours after it was revealed that Bannon had resigned as an official member of Trump’s advisory team.
Controversial but extremely successful media outlet Breitbart News confirmed that Bannon was coming back to the lead that outlet’s team. The man who is seen as one of the key players of Trump’s unexpected 2016 victory spoke as if he was gearing up for an upcoming battle.
“Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons,” Bannon said, according to Newsmax.
“Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt,” the outspoken media mogul said.
“I built a f—ing machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”
Bannon’s exit was seen by many pundits as the fallout from a clash at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The administration has struggled to keep key positions filled, and high-profile turnovers for titles such as the White House chief of staff and press secretary.
Although there’s no doubt that the personnel drama has been a distraction, Bannon’s return to Breitbart could be a sign that President Trump’s team is finally settling down and acknowledging its strengths.
Bannon’s most successful role has been as a smart and driven attack dog who is able to use conservative media to Trump’s advantage… and now that he’s back at the company he helped build, it would be a mistake to think that he’s out of the game.
When it comes to the 45th president, naysayers and critics have repeatedly been proven wrong. Neither polls nor pundits have been able to predict his political success, and the Trump Train hasn’t been derailed yet.
One thing is certain: The 2018 and 2020 elections will definitely not be boring.