Steve Bannon gone, Trump still United States president

This video from the USA says about itself:

BREAKING: Fired Steve Bannon IMMEDIATELY Turns On Trump

18 August 2017

Hell hath no fury like a Bannon scorned. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Cary Harrison, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

Steve Bannon gave an exit interview to The Weekly Standard wherein he said that “the Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over”:

“We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

Bannon returned to Breitbart earlier today after leaving the White House, and he’s making it clear that he is not going to war against Trump specifically, but rather the people around him getting in the way of the populist agenda he promised.”

Read more here.

Sad to say, another example of using the word ‘populist’ where extreme right racist should be used.

Bannon’s Ouster Welcomed, but Much Bigger Problem Remains in White House: Trump. Saturday, August 19, 2017 By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams.

The NAACP, the nation’s oldest social justice organization, released this statement following the removal of Senior White House Strategist and known white supremacist Steve Bannon from President Trump’s administration.

By Barry Grey in the USA:

Trump’s firing of Bannon: The military asserts control

19 August 2017

Trump’s firing of his fascistic chief political strategist Stephen Bannon marks a new stage in the bitter factional conflict within the American ruling elite.

The dismissal came three days after Trump’s press conference on Tuesday, in which the president defended the Nazi and white supremacist demonstrators who rampaged through Charlottesville last weekend. Trump’s remarks triggered an unprecedented political crisis in Washington. Powerful sections of the ruling elite fear that the self-exposure of the US president as a fascist sympathizer is severely damaging the credibility of the United States internationally and creating the conditions for social explosions at home.

On Thursday, the pressure on the White House from within the state and the corporate establishment reached a new pitch with a public email rebuking Trump from James Murdoch, chief executive of 21st Century Fox and son of Trump ally Rupert Murdoch. Also on Thursday, New York Republican Congressman Peter King called for the firing of Bannon, and Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, questioned Trump’s stability and competence.

Wall Street, nervous over reports that Trump’s chief economic adviser, former Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn, was considering resigning, fired a shot across the administration’s bow with a broad stock market sell-off. The Dow fell 274 points on Thursday, its biggest one-day loss in three months. Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange cheered Friday when news broke of Bannon’s removal.

The decision to fire Bannon was made by Trump’s recently appointed White House chief of staff, retired Marine General John Kelly. The forces leading the push within the administration included Kelly; National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, an active duty general; Defense Secretary James Mattis, a retired general; former Goldman executive Cohn; and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil.

The direct control of the military in alliance with Wall Street over the affairs of state has, if anything, been increased.

Internecine conflicts within the ruling class have raged since Trump’s inauguration, centering on differences over US imperialist foreign policy. The Democrats and a section of Republicans have lined up with dominant factions of the military and intelligence apparatus to demand that Trump take a more aggressive line against Russia and more rapidly escalate the wars in Afghanistan and Syria.

The announcement of Bannon’s removal came as Trump was meeting with his top generals and intelligence officials at Camp David to discuss their proposals for an increase in US troop levels in Afghanistan. Trump, backed by Bannon, has up to now resisted the Pentagon plan.

On Wednesday, the liberal American Prospect magazine published an interview with Bannon in which he boasted of his plans to purge opponents at the State and Defense departments, attacked Cohn by name for pulling back on trade war against China, and dismissed US war threats against North Korea, saying, “There’s no military solution, forget it.”

The following day both Tillerson and Mattis issued statements reiterating Washington’s readiness to carry out a nuclear attack on North Korea.

A significant section of Wall Street bankers and corporate CEOs, many of whom have disassociated themselves from Trump’s pro-fascist remarks, see the removal of Bannon as a step toward reining in the factional warfare within the administration and between Trump and the Republican Congress. They see this as essential to carrying out Trump’s pledges to slash corporate taxes, remove business regulations and provide a profit windfall in the guise of infrastructure reform.

There is nothing progressive or democratic about the concerns motivating the generals, Wall Street bankers and Democratic and Republican politicians who pushed for Bannon’s removal. All of the vying factions within the ruling class are agreed on the need to intensify the attack on the living standards and social conditions of the working class. Trump’s own efforts, in alliance with Bannon, to build up a fascistic base are fundamentally directed toward the violent suppression of working class opposition.

Bannon, who immediately resumed his post as head of the fascistic Breitbart News, will continue to exercise significant political influence over the Trump administration. He told Bloomberg News that he will be “going to war for Trump against his opponents,” adding, “I’m now free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons.”

As for Trump, he is doubling down on his efforts to whip up extreme right-wing elements. He is proceeding with plans to hold a rally next Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona, at which he is expected to announce a pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who led a witch-hunt against immigrant workers and was convicted of contempt of court for defying a judge’s order to stop illegally detaining Hispanics.

The danger of world war, the growth of poverty and social inequality and the destruction of democratic rights will not be halted by palace intrigues or cabinet shakeups. Neither Trump nor Bannon are the cause of political reaction and the growth of far-right forces. They themselves are noxious manifestations of the crisis and decay of American and world capitalism.

There is no faction of the capitalist class that is capable of offering policies to address the urgent concerns of working people for jobs, education, pensions, health care, peace and basic rights. The Democratic Party has presided no less than the Republicans over nearly half a century of social reaction. Its main concern is to divert social anger away from a struggle against capitalism and channel it behind nationalism, trade war and expanded military aggression around the world.

The only progressive basis for opposing Trump is the independent mobilization of the working class in opposition to the entire political establishment and the capitalist system it defends.

Hotline Bannon—Trump and Breitbart’s CEO are still regular phone buddies: here.

Ivanka Trump’s Silence on Her Father’s Charlottesville Statements is Deafening: here.

In the wake of the formal break between the Trump administration and advisers Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka in mid- to late August, the far-right is attempting to build a new political base outside the framework of the Democratic and Republican parties. In a series of recent interviews, Bannon and Gorka have indicated that their aim is to direct social opposition in an extreme nationalist direction and link it with powerful sections of the military, media, police and intelligence apparatus with which they made connections during their months in the White House: here.

The platform for this realignment is the website Breitbart News, to which Bannon, Trump’s fascist former campaign manager and special adviser, has now returned as executive chairman. “In the White House I had influence,” he told the Economist on August 25. “At Breitbart, I had power.” The move has the support of powerful sections of the American aristocracy like the billionaire Mercer family, which has provided millions of its Wall Street profits to grease the wheels of American fascism: here.

The former White House chief strategist said that he’s prepared to go after anybody who does not faithfully fight for Donald Trump’s agenda. Noting that Mr Trump was able to win states in the 2016 election that have eluded Republican presidential candidates in recent history, Mr Bannon said that the Trump agenda is a winner: here.

Former Federal Judge Donated To White Supremacist Cause. The former judge gave money to an organization whose stated goal is to “help” a known hate group: here.

In “60 Minutes” interview, Bannon elaborates plans for American fascist movement: here.

Bannon-backed Senate candidate Roy Moore wins Alabama Republican primary: here.

14 thoughts on “Steve Bannon gone, Trump still United States president

  1. Dear Friends and Activists,

    We said we would laud Trump if he did anything right. It was a good
    thing that he fired Bannon. One down, Gorka, Miller, and Trump and
    all his kin to go.

    Bannon is acting as erratically now as Trump, while on his way out
    the White House door. The lie, the first default behavior from these
    guys, was initially floated that Bannon was actually fired 2 weeks
    ago, but that it was not to take effect until this last Monday.

    If that was true, and Bannon’s departure was already final as of
    Monday, according to one initial report, then why was Trump
    non-committal about Bannon’s status the FOLLOWING day. Why was Bannon
    talking to a reporter about all the things we WOULD be doing to push
    out this or that other person. That’s too much of a stealth firing to
    be credible at all.

    Our instinct is that Bannon got sloppy talking too freely to a
    reporter without requiring it be anonymous, like when he leaked to
    everybody else, and we do mean everybody. We think he was mentally
    ready to jump ship, because he felt he was losing the turf war within
    the White House, and got too full of himself and the aggrandized
    self-image of his media political power.

    I’m going back to Breitbart to wage “war” on my political enemies
    still surrounding Trump he boldly declares, even as he asserts he
    will wage war ON Trump’s side. Translated into English that means he
    will crucify Trump for not taking every single word of Bannon’s own
    advice. Big talk from someone who just lost his seat at the real
    power table.

    Ironically, apparently Bannon’s was more or less sound advice, for
    example that there was no military solution in North Korea, a point
    we made ourselves last week.

    At the same time, most of the Republican politicians not only never
    liked Donald Trump, they actually resented him, for beating them.
    Even now there is direct proportion between the level of their
    condemnation and their own ambition to personally replace him, except
    Pence, who is practically in drape measuring mode.

    So what we have here is now a circular nuclear war on the right wing.
    They finally won all the power they craved, and proved themselves
    incapable of getting it together to exercise it, to even get bill one
    actually passed in Congress.

    The other thing we agree with Bannon on, you should forgive us for
    taking good strategic advice from an enemy, is that racial identity
    politics is not the path back to political power for the Democrats.

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