Steve Bannon has sunk to a new political low after he stepped down from his position as chairman of Breitbart News following his public spat with Donald Trump. The announcement came after Bannon’s belated apology over remarks he made about Donald Trump Jr. was rejected by the White House.
Steve Bannon said in a statement that he was proud of what Breitbart had accomplished over the past couple of years as it established itself as a prominent voice of the alt-right, backing Donald Trump since his 2016 presidential campaign.
Bannon’s departure was speculated after he lost the support of many political allies over his remarks in Michael Wolff’s book ‘Fire And Fury” which offered an inside peek into Trump’s first year as president. The biggest loss to Bannon was billionaire Breitbart investor and financial backer Rebekah Mercer who cut ties with Bannon shortly after Donald Trump slammed Bannon’s remarks on Twitter.
The change in fortunes of Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, has been a big boost to the establishment politicians in the Republican Party who have long been afraid that Bannon would fund and support anti-establishment candidates against them in the mid-terms this year. The failure to boost Roy Moore’s chances in Alabama put a dent in Bannon’s ambitions, but the public feud with Trump has ended any hope Bannon might have, at least so far.
However, Bannon is not completely out of the picture yet. He might still find his way back into Trump’s good graces, as he has done before. Alternatively, if Wolff’s speculations are correct, Bannon might follow Michael Flynn and cooperate with Mueller’s investigation, taking the last shot at tearing down his past work to settle an old grudge with Jared Kushner and his old boss.
Nevertheless, losing his position at Breitbart News, the site that he helped raise to global heights, is a bitter blow for one of the most divisive and toxic men to enter US politics.
It’s hard to believe that this time last year, Bannon was comfortably ensconced in the White House and perfectly placed to influence Donald Trump. He was presiding over a nation still struggling to come to terms with Trump’s shock victory and was ready to tear down an established order he claimed to hate. He was at the height of his power, virtually unstoppable.
How the mighty have fallen!