Say ‘boy, bye’ to Steve Bannon. Donald Trump’s top presidential adviser and former editor of Breitbart, the voice of the ‘alt-right’ movement, was reportedly fired from his job on Aug. 18.
It seems that even as President of the United States, ex-Celebrity Apprentice star Donald Trump, 71, still gets to tell people “You’re fired.” The latest subject to hear those words is Steve Bannon, 63, according to The New York Times. The president has told senior aids he has decided to remove the former Breitbart editor, ending a relationship with the man credited with helping Donald win the 2016 election. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, 35, said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”
Though, as with practically everything with the Trump administration, there’s a bunch of conflicting reports. Supposedly, Steve Bannon insisted that “the parting of ways was his idea,” a person close to Steve told The New York Times. Steve supposedly submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, and Trump was supposed to announce his departure at the start of this week. This announcement was reportedly delayed in the wake of the violent “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Coincidentally, that rally saw neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and – surprise, surprise – alt-righters gather to protest the removal of a Confederate monument. One woman, Heather Heyer, 32, lost her life when a white nationalist drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
During his tenure in the Trump administration, Steve reportedly clashed with senior West Wing advisers and even members of the president’s family. Steve even fought with his boss when Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 70, recused himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Plus, with Steve’s association with Breitbart – and its connection to the alt-right movement – has often been seen as a black eye on the White House. Bannon’s firing was actually greeted by cheers on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, according to CNBC.
Trump’s new White House chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, 67, wasn’t a fan of Steve, especially when the alt-right began attacking national security adviser Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster, 55, for removing several people from the National Security Council. Bannon was ideologically opposed to McMaster, and Gen. Kelly was said to have grown “weary” of Bannon’s feud with McMaster.
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Steve’s dismissal – or resignation – comes after he gave an interview to The American Prospect where he trashed white nationalism. “Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element,” he said. “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.” While Steve has always claimed to be an “economic nationalist,” many have attacked him as being one of the men behind Trump’s controversial Muslim Ban. Steve is now reported expected to return to Breitbart.
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