And so it begins.
In what is among the first of sure to be many reports citing unnamed sources surrounding the Friday departure of now former chief strategist Steve Bannon from President Donald Trump’s White House, the Daily Mirror reports that First Daughter Ivanka “helped to force [him] out.”
Unsurprisingly, Breitbart News trumpeted the report in a bold headline:Screenshot/Breitbart News
According to the Daily Mirror, Washington sources said Bannon was “pushed out” by Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the president, in part because his “far-right views” were incompatible with their Orthodox Jewish faith.
Ivanka converted to Judaism when she married Kushner in 2009.
Quoting an unnamed source “close to Ivanka,” the Daily Mirror reports the source said Bannon’s ouster was “done to save the presidency.” “Him leaving changes everything,” the source reportedly said.
Daily Mail notes Bannon’s nickname as “Bannon the Barbarian” — Politico reported Bannon told friends on Friday to get ready for “Bannon da Barbarian” — while incorrectly identifying him as the founder (the late Andrew Breitbart would beg to differ) of the “right-wing” site, which, the Daily Mail claims, has “rallied against Jews and Muslims.”
And Breitbart’s take on the Daily Mirror piece?
The site’s feature story pointed to Bannon’s controversial interview with The American Prospect, in which he decried “ethno-nationalism” — neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other white supremacist groups — as “losers” that need to be “crushed.” “These guys are a collection of clowns,” he said.
Incidentally, Bannon claimed on Friday it was his decision to leave the White House, and that he had submitted his resignation letter on August 7.
But The American Prospect co-founder and co-editor Robert Kuttner, who conducted the interview with Bannon on Tuesday, didn’t buy it: “If somebody knows that he’s given his letter of resignation, why would he invite me to the White House after Labor Day?”
Great question, Mr. Kuttner. Undoubtedly, there will be many more to come.