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Bannon back to Breitbart after departing White House

It’s way too soon to pretend to know how Bannon’s departure will affect Trump’s presidency and his base

(National Sentinel) Politics & Media: Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon left the Trump administration on Friday morning, and by evening already had his old job back at the head of Breitbart News.

The site reported:

Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon returned as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Friday afternoon and chaired the company’s evening editorial meeting.

Ranked the #63 website in America by Amazon-owned ‪Alexa.com, and with the #13 Facebook page in the world, Breitbart News is considered the most influential populist website in the world.

“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow. “Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.”

Breitbart News CEO and President Larry Solov agreed. “Breitbart’s pace of global expansion will only accelerate with Steve back,” said Solov. “The sky’s the limit.”

Bannon joined President Donald J. Trump’s campaign in August 2016, about a year to the day after he submitted his resignation, which reportedly came Aug. 7.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Friday afternoon. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”

While there is much speculation among the political chattering class about how much Bannon’s departure will mean to Trump’s base, not everyone sees it as a bad thing. An editorial in The Wall Street Journal claimed Trump “can’t govern with a Breitbart coalition,” insinuating that conservative populism won’t win the day:

Mr. Bannon will get historical credit for getting Mr. Trump elected, joining the campaign late with Kellyanne Conway and giving it more discipline and focus. At the White House, he was among the advocates for Mr. Trump’s two main achievements—deregulation and Neil Gorsuch’s elevation to the Supreme Court.

Yet by any measure the rest of the Bannon Presidency was a colossal failure. The former Breitbart publisher was a major source of White House dysfunction as he brought his brawling campaign style indoors. His Manichean, almost apocalyptic view of politics—us vs. them, patriots vs. “globalists,” America has only a short time to avoid self-destruction—might work in an election campaign. It isn’t suitable to building a coalition to govern.

Not everyone agrees with that assessment. One-time diehard Trump supporter and conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, in an interview with the Left-wing Daily Beast, lambasted Trump over the Bannon rift, claiming that the president has abandoned his core constituency and campaign pledges, in lieu of siding with “Wall Street” and the same old corporate interests.

I’m ticked off at the Emperor God,” said Coulter, who last year authored a book with that worshipful title (subtitle: “E Pluribus Awesome”), as she processed Friday’s firing of chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon (Editor’s note – Bannon wasn’t fired; he resigned).

“If Trump wants to prove that he didn’t get the good ideas from Bannon, then it better be pedal-to-the-metal on deportations, the Wall, that tax hike on people who make more than $5 million a year, which I understand was Bannon’s idea but perhaps I was wrong. If that was Trump’s idea, then let’s have it!… Did you hear that on Wall Street, they were cheering today?” she said.

It’s way too early for a couple of things: 1) to pretend to know how Bannon’s departure will affect Trump’s presidency and his base; and 2) to place more blame on Trump rather than the GOP-controlled Congress for lack of progress on his agenda.

Update: Just to further define what Bannon’s departure from the Trump administration means, “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 told Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joshua Green.

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