Mike Krieger: Donald Trump Finally Comes Out of the Closet

Donald Trump Finally Comes Out of the Closet:

The firing of Steve Bannon is in my opinion the most significant event to happen during the Trump administration thus far. Moreover, it will have massive reverberations across the U.S. political spectrum for years and years to come. I wasn’t planning on writing today, but this news is so incredibly significant I find myself with little choice.

Taking a step back, part of the reason I was immediately able to see through the Trump con was due to my upbringing in New York City. The guy was constantly in the news my entire life, so I had a pretty decent understanding of where he was really coming from and what makes him tick. The mindset of your typical NYC-based billionaire real estate developer is filled with all sorts of perspectives and priorities, but thoughts of populism are not amongst them.

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“They’re Going Thermonuclear”: Breitbart Declares “War” On The White House

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“They’re Going Thermonuclear”: Breitbart Declares “War” On The White House:

The love affair between Breitbart, whose former head Steve Bannon was just fired by Donald Trump, just turned to hate, as confirmed by Joel Pollak, a Breitbart Editor, who moments ago tweeted one word:

As Axios’ Jonathan Swan explains, “Joel is a Breitbart editor. They’re going thermonuclear, I’m told.

Separately, as iBankCoin reports, investigative journalist and former Breitbart employee, Lee Stranahan, offered a quick quip on today’s news that Bannon has resigned from the White House, suggesting that Steve would ‘unleash the beast’ through his online publication and call out those working against the Trump agenda in the White House.

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Steve Bannon Ousted From The White House

Bannon Ousted From The White House:

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best” – The White House.

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Bannon Breaks Silence: Slams “Far-Right Clowns”, Vows “Economic War With China”

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Bannon Breaks Silence: Slams “Far-Right Clowns”, Vows “Economic War With China”:

After weeks of speculation about his future, Trump White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has broken free of his self-imposed exile, unloading a torrent of Scaramucci-esque comments to none other than Robert Kuttner – the editor of The American Prospect, a progressive publication (the cover lines on whose first two issues after Trump’s election were “Resisting Trump” and “Containing Trump.”

Kuttner sets the surprising scene…

Trump’s embattled strategist phones me, unbidden, to opine on China, Korea, and his enemies in the administration…

Needless to say, I was a little stunned to get an email from Bannon’s assistant midday Tuesday, just as all hell was breaking loose once again about Charlottesville, saying that Bannon wished to meet with me.

But unload Bannon did:

He began with China

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Steve Bannon In Jeopardy: Trump Suspects Key Advisor Is Source Of Leaks

Bannon In Jeopardy: Trump Suspects Key Advisor Is Source Of Leaks:

Trump has told associates that “he believes Steve Bannon is behind damaging leaks about White House colleagues” putting the chief strategist’s job in fresh jeopardy, according to Axios.

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Vatican Press Lashes Out At Catholic Trump Voters, Calls Steve Bannon “A Supporter Of Apocalyptic Geopolitics”

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Vatican Press Lashes Out At Catholic Trump Voters, Calls Steve Bannon “A Supporter Of Apocalyptic Geopolitics”:

Those who profess themselves to be Catholic express themselves in ways that until recently were unknown… the most dangerous prospect for this strange ecumenism is attributable to its xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations…”

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“I’m Gonna Unchain The Dogs” Bannon Warned Ailes During Trump-Fox Spat

“I’m Gonna Unchain The Dogs” Bannon Warned Ailes During Trump-Fox Spat:

“We’re going full-bore. We’re not going to stop. I’m gonna unchain the dogs…go back to New York and quote me to Roger. ‘Go fuck yourself.’

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Joe Scarborough Melts Down: “Steve Bannon Is The Real President Of The United States”

Joe Scarborough Melts Down: “Steve Bannon Is The Real President Of The United States”:

Donald Trump doesn’t know anything about anything…. TIME magazine was right: Steve Bannon is the president of the United States.”

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Trump Threatens Bannon With Ultimatum Over Kushner Rift: “Straighten It Out Or I Will”

Trump Threatens Bannon With Ultimatum Over Kushner Rift: “Straighten It Out Or I Will”:

“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late.  I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.  Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”

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Steve Bannon Removed From Trump’s National Security Council

Steve Bannon Removed From Trump’s National Security Council:

“Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized. General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function.” – Steve Bannon

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“Welcome To The Next Awakening” – Author Of Steve Bannon’s Worldview Explains The Path Ahead

“Welcome To The Next Awakening” – Author Of Steve Bannon’s Worldview Explains The Path Ahead:

“Where did Steve Bannon get his worldview? From my book…”

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Neil Howe is the author, along with William Strauss, of “Generations,” “The Fourth Turning” and “Millennials Rising.”

The headlines this month have been alarming. “Steve Bannon’s obsession with a dark theory of history should be worrisome” (Business Insider). “Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable” (the Huffington Post). “Steve Bannon Wants To Start World War III” (the Nation). A common thread in these media reports is that President Trump’s chief strategist is an avid reader and that the book that most inspires his worldview is “The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy.”

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REVEALED: Steve Bannon’s apocalyptic worldview about civilization’s coming ‘trial by fire’

REVEALED: Steve Bannon’s apocalyptic worldview about civilization’s coming ‘trial by fire’:

According to a TIME magazine profile on Donald Trump’s right-hand man, Steve Bannon has an obsession with the book “The Fourth Turning: What Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny.”

Business Insider called the fascination concerning. It outlines that every 80 to 100 years, the world cycles through a cataclysmic event that upsets the “old ways” of doing things and brings in a new one “in a trial of fire.”

The book claims that the last two Americans experienced were during the Civil War and the Reconstruction, and then the Great Depression and World War II. It could easily be argued that 9/11 upset the “old way” the United States did things, not merely in government but in travel and the way Americans live their daily lives. However, Bannon, like authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, believe we’re in another “Fourth Turning” currently.

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How Steve Bannon Rose To The Top Of Trump’s Power Structure

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How Steve Bannon Rose To The Top Of Trump’s Power Structure:

On Saturday night, President Trump signed an executive order promoting Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to the “principals committee” of the National Security Council — while, according to the New York Times, downgrading the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence, who will now attend only when the council is considering issues in their direct areas of responsibilities.  The move puts Bannon, a former Navy surface warfare officer, admiral’s aide, investment banker and media executive, on the same level as Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

The rapid rise of Bannon has come as a shock to many political pundits even though he played a key role throughout Trump’s campaign and is thought to be the key architect behind several of the recent executive orders signed by the new administration as well as Trump’s fiery inaugural address.  In an interview last week attacking the media, Bannon clearly demonstrated the brash attitude that likely ingratiated him with the President and secured him a top spot in the Trump White House.

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Bannon Declares War On The Media: “You Are The Opposition; Keep Your Mouth Shut”

Steve Bannon holds a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University (CIA asset?), worked at Goldman Sachs and has been an executive producer in Hollywood.

In a statement, Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov and Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow said (Source: Breitbart)

Today, the Hillary Clinton campaign has decided to name-call and character assassinate Breitbart News Network and its 31+ million monthly readers. They say that we are “anti-Semitic,” though our company was founded by Jews, is largely staffed by Jews, and has an entire section (Breitbart Jerusalem) dedicated to reporting on and defending the Jewish state of Israel.


Andrew Breitbart, Larry Solov and Netanyahu. Andrew Breitbart died in mysterious circumstances. Solov now runs ‘Breitbart News’ as a pro-Netanyahu website.

 Breitbart News Network: Born In The USA, Conceived In Israel (Breitbart, by Larry Solov, 17 Nov 2015)

A lot of people don’t realize this but Breitbart News Network really got its start in Jerusalem. It was the summer of 2007, and Andrew had been invited to tour Israel as part of a media junket. I agreed to tag along as his lawyer and best friend. What neither of us knew at the time was that the trip would change our lives and give us the inspiration for Breitbart News Network.


Bannon Declares War On The Media: “You Are The Opposition; Keep Your Mouth Shut”:

Not one to mince words, Steve Bannon, Trump’s Chief White House strategist, eviscerated the mainstream media during an interview last night.  Commenting on their coverage of the Trump campaign, Bannon lambasted the disconnect of the media from everyday Americans saying, “They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”  Per Axios:

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” Mr. Bannon said during a telephone call. “I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

“The elite media got it dead wrong, 100 percent dead wrong,” Mr. Bannon said of the election, calling it “a humiliating defeat that they will never wash away, that will always be there.”

But that attacks didn’t end there as Bannon went on describe the media as “the opposition party.”

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