an embarrassment to the evolution of man (sic)

Trump’s Latest Salvo
Dr Fly, Aug 11 2017

Fending off criticism for menacing NK with high-school-tier rhetoric, Trump said his ‘fire and fury’ threat wasn’t tough enough and that if NK didn’t get his act together, they’d be facing BIG TROUBLES, the likes of which no-one has ever faced before:

In response to those comments, former DNI Clapper said he wished the president wouldn’t placate the gorilla-retards in NK. He cited an occasion when he visited them in 2014 with a letter from Obama, and they clamored for it like immature morons:

And here is a former advisor for Obama, juxtaposing the sober comments of Mad Dog Mattis against Trump’s, clarifying the levels of maturity of both men, and declaring Trump’s threats were pretty much on the levels of saying we were going to send fucking fireballs into NK:

I get that you hate shitlibs and their degenerate platforms. They hide behind their vagrancy. But Trump’s comments to NK are an embarrassment to the evolution of man, dumbing down this great language to violent threats that only bring hazard and humiliation. Go ahead, defend it.

Bannon “Increasingly Isolated” As Breitbart’s War On McMaster Backfires
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Aug 11 2017

First it was Preibus, then Kushner and now McMaster. Breitbart has seemingly waged war on many of Pres Trump’s closest advisors over the past several months but it seems that the only person they’re actually hurting is their former Executive Chair, Steve Bannon. As Politico notes this morning, whether true or not, every time Breitbart drops a negative article on the White House, all eyes turn to Bannon. Kurt Bardella, a former Breitbart spox, said:

Fair or not, common sense would dictate that Steve Bannon has reach and influence and communication with these alt-right platforms whose editorial bent more often than not aligns with Steve’s agenda. I think it gave ammunition to his detractors internally, to either ID him or his people as part of the problem.

A White House spox did not respond to a request for comment. Bannon declined to comment. A WSJ editorial earlier this week accused Bannon of using Breitbart and other conservative media outlets to go after his ideological foes, questioning his loyalty to the president and placing blame for White House dysfunction squarely on his shoulders. Attacks on McMaster have put Bannon in an especially awkward position with his new boss Gen (Retd) Kelly, who has been increasingly defensive of McMaster, a long-time friend and fellow general. According to Politico, McMaster, who pushed Bannon off the NSC principals’ committee, hasn’t spoken to Bannon in weeks. But it’s not just McMaster. A similar blame game played out when Breitbart targeted Jared Kushner earlier this year. The same dynamic played out with Breitbart’s coverage of Jared Kushner, which remained negative even after Kushner and Bannon came to a truce at Mar-a-Lago in April. The site has routinely published updates on his role in the Russia probe and been critical of his efforts to craft foreign policy or drive government innovation. A White House staffer said:

Do you think Steve wanted Breitbart putting bad stuff out there about Jared? No, because he knows he’s going to have to pay for it.

Of course, it’s not just Breitbart stories that Bannon takes the blame for at the White House as responsibility for any and all conservative media also falls on his shoulders. The White House official said:

When he joined the administration, Bannon filed an ethics waiver so that he could continue to communicate with Breitbart. But it’s not just Breitbart stories that Bannon gets blamed for. When gotnews.com and Mike Cernovich’s call Dina Powell and Gary Cohn “globalists,” all eyes were on Bannon, who privately coined the term. Bannon is being portrayed as the puppeteer behind right-wing media picking and choosing between who they like and don’t like. In the first two months of the administration, Bannon’s early disagreements with Priebus were a regular Breitbart storyline, often painting both men in a negative light. In February, Bannon publicly called a Breitbart piece attacking Priebus “totally absurd,” telling the Daily Beast in February that he was furious with Washington political editor Matt Boyle over it. But anti-Priebus stories remained a regular feature on Breitbart until his dismissal last month. Breitbart defenders said these stories were a sign of their independence from Bannon.

So, what say you?  Is Steve Bannon’s time in the White House drawing to a close or is this just one more inaccurate, premature prediction of his demise by a mainstream media that so eagerly desires that outcome?

Breitbart’s war on McMaster bites Bannon
Tara Palmeri, Politico, Aug 11 2017

Breitbart.com has waged a nonstop campaign against national security adviser McMaster, but so far it seems to have done the most damage to someone else: Steve Bannon. A WSJ editorial earlier this week accused Bannon of using the right-wing media to go after his ideological foes, questioning his loyalty to the president and placing blame for White House dysfunction squarely on his shoulders. The attacks on McMaster have put Bannon in an especially awkward position with his new boss, Gen (Retd) Kelly, who has been increasingly defensive of McMaster, a long-time friend and fellow general, according to interviews with 10 administration officials and people close to the White House. McMaster, who pushed Bannon off the NSC principals’ committee, hasn’t spoken to Bannon in weeks, one senior administration official said. Trump’s chief strategist has been suspected in the past of orchestrating stories against his colleagues in Breitbart, which he ran before joining Trump’s campaign last August. Kelly has told West Wing staff that he won’t tolerate the infighting or anonymous comments to the press that characterized the tenure of Reince Priebus. The continuing flood of negative stories targeting McMaster has served as a constant reminder that the problem was bigger than Priebus, who resigned two weeks ago. Kurt Bardella, a former Breitbart spox, said:

Fair or not, common sense would dictate that Steve Bannon has reach and influence and communication with these alt-right platforms whose editorial bent more often than not, aligns with Steve’s agenda. I think it gave ammunition to his detractors internally, to either ID him or his people as part of the problem.

Bannon has grown more isolated without his ally Priebus in the West Wing. He remained in Washington this week while the president and other top staff have decamped to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster and spends his days either holed up in his office or attending meetings. He avoids openly scuffling with his colleagues, as he often did in the past, and has moved to align himself with Kelly, telling allies inside and outside the White House that the arrival of the former DHS Sec was a win for Trump’s nationalist supporters. One White House official said:

The guy is desperately trying to lay low and keep his fights from spilling out into the public, because he knows that he gets blamed.

When he joined the administration, Bannon filed an ethics waiver so that he could continue to communicate with Breitbart. But it’s not just Breitbart stories that Bannon gets blamed for. When Mike Cernovich and gotnews.com called Dina Powell and Gary Cohn “globalists,” all eyes were on Bannon, who privately coined the term. The White House official said:

Bannon is being portrayed as the puppeteer behind right-wing media, picking and choosing between who they like and don’t like.

In the first two months of the administration, Bannon’s early disagreements with Priebus were a regular Breitbart storyline, often painting both men in a negative light. In February, Bannon publicly called a Breitbart piece attacking Priebus “totally absurd,” telling the Daily Beast in February that he was furious with Faschingstein political editor Matt Boyle over it. But anti-Priebus stories remained a regular feature on Breitbart until his dismissal last month. Breitbart defenders said these stories were a sign of their independence from Bannon. The same dynamic played out with Breitbart’s coverage of Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, which remained negative even after Kushner and Bannon came to a truce at Mar-a-Lago in April. The site has routinely published updates on his role in the Russia probe, and been critical of his efforts to craft foreign policy or drive government innovation. A White House staffer said:

Do you think Steve wanted Breitbart putting bad stuff out there about Jared? No, because he knows he’s going to have to pay for it!

In June, Trump started telling aides that he suspected that Bannon was a source of negative stories, according to aides. According to the senior administration official:

After a slew of stories about Bannon “winning” policy wars in the White House, like Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, the president told Bannon to knock it off. Priebus also told him: “You’ve got to get people to stop writing this shit, because people know it’s you!”

Bannon was cut out of meetings on tax reform in July, after his proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy appeared in the press, and again when his idea to hire contractors in Afghanistan rather than expanding troop levels got publicity, just as McMaster was pushing for a mini-surge in the region. A person close to Bannon said that the tax proposal likely leaked out because he was consulting with business leaders about it. Bannon allies say right-wing media like Breitbart, GotNews and Mike Cernovich’s blog are ideologically like-minded and see Bannon as an icon. They tend to go after the same political foes with or without Bannon’s direction. One of the White House officials:

You have to realize that in many debates, it’s Steve and the president against everyone else in the room, so oftentimes outlets like Breitbart don’t view themselves as taking Steve’s side, they think they’re taking the president’s side.

Two aides suggested that the stories are useful for Bannon since they create an echo chamber that is often picked up by Fox News, creating a narrative for Trump, who is easily influenced by what he sees on TV. They also show that Bannon retains influence independent of Trump. An outside adviser to the White House who is close to Bannon said:

If they ever want to let him go, they can see how dangerous he is from the outside.

But one senior colleague said that even if Bannon isn’t leaking directly, he should be willing to disavow negative stories or at least put out public statements in support of his colleagues. Last week, Trump stepped in to offer public support for McMaster, via a statement. Trump said:

Gen McMaster and I are working very well together. He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.

He reiterated his support on Thursday, saying:

Gen McMaster? He’s our friend. He’s my friend and he’s a very talented man. I like him and I respect him.

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