Trump’s String-Pulling Puppeteer
It concerns me that our esteemed president continues to seek advice from a person he knows is bad for him, simply to convince himself that he wasn’t wrong in hiring the guy in the first place. It’s like a man who has gone through a bad divorce, but cannot stop forcing himself into the ex’s life.
The first time Steve Bannon talked to Donald Trump, he knew that he had found a mark he could mold into the embodiment of his kind of idol. With Trump, Bannon could maneuver the waters of discontent and manipulate the mob to adopt his demonic dogma. Bannon’s agenda is a mix pure xenophobia, white-nationalism, sexism, racism and a touch of Nazism. He would deny, totally deny, that any of those warts are there, but they are. He’s just another rich white guy trying to fix things.
The bargain Trump made with the devil was very simple. Make Bannon his chief strategist who would deliver the Breitbart audience to the base. Trump always needs a strong ideolog to keep him on track, just like he had with Roy Marcus Cohn, his feisty lawyer in the good old days. In short, Trump has never been his own man. He needs a father figure all the time, and that figure never cares about other people, only the prize.
Bannon is rich (tons of money in the TV and movie businesses), which makes him acceptable to Trump. Bannon doesn’t make Trump feel inferior in a physical sense. Next to Bannon, Trump is taller, more attractive and appears to be in control. But the truth is, Trump is totally under Bannon’s spell.
When Trump needed to make a decision on Roy Moore, he sought Bannon’s counsel. When the Donald is mulling a strategy for dealing with Congress or the fallout of the claims of Trump’s sexual misconduct, he calls Bannon. And now, we have Bannon and Breitbart becoming a force in politics, attempting to pick winners and losers. Bannon has declared war on the RNC and, they too, have sold their souls.
Trump backed Luther Strange, while Bannon went all in with Roy Moore. Surely, Bannon must have felt like he was in the Groundhog movie when all the women came out to accuse Judge Roy Moore for having a proclivity toward underage girls. Bannon went right back to the Trump playbook by denying and attacking the accusers.
Bannon claims the accusations of sexual impropriety are “a setup” from the “opposition party,” by which he means the press. Moore even threatened law suits to force them to shut up, just like Donald Trump did last year. And that strategy just might be working. One survey says that 71% of all Republicans in the state of Alabama believe the women who have come forward are lying. Isn’t America great? Roy Moore will probably win.
Last night in Fairhope, Alabama at the Roy Moore rally, Bannon appeared to be running an end game around Roy Moore himself and using the opportunity to attack the Republican party leaders and work toward defeating Mitt Romney in Utah. The rumor is that Mitt will run for the Orin Hatch seat in the US Senate. Yes, early this week, Mitt Romney attacked Roy Moore saying that his election in Alabama would be a stain on the Republican party and this set up Romney as the target.
Bannon attacked Mitt saying he used his religion to get out of Vietnam. I almost fell off my chair when I heard Bannon belittle all Mormons and their religious duty to serve as missionaries in the world. That seemed quite ironic, knowing the head of the Republican party, Donald Trump, never served a day in the military and would have never given up years of his life to non-profit service. Our great Orange Leader wiggled out of fighting in Vietnam via college and medical deferments, the latter for an imaginary bone spur.
The force behind Breitbart tried to shame the whole Romney family by pointing out that Mitt’s five sons did not fight in Afghanistan or Iraq, while thousands died. He must be forgetting that none of Donald Trump’s offspring have served in the military either. But that doesn’t matter. We now see where Donald Trump gets some of his meanness. When Bannon said that “Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in his pinky finger than your [Romney’s] entire family has in its whole DNA!” I was appalled. One might not agree with Romney’s politics or religious beliefs, but who can question the integrity, honor and faith of his family?
Steve Bannon was, in effect, quoting Romeo and Juliet and wishing a plague on both your houses. One house is the Republican party itself. The other house is a free and open press, the cornerstone of the First Amendment and the backbone of America. We know Bannon doesn’t like Muslims, Jews, African-Americans, poor people, uppity politicians and anyone who thinks he is full of shit. Count me in, Steve.
Winning justifies the means is the true Bannon mantra. Niccolò Machiavelli put it this way, “For although the act condemns the doer, the end may justify him…” Steve Bannon, in another life, and given more power, could become a Hitler. Remember, Adolf took over a party. Adolf used the angst and fear of a whole country to launch himself into power and destroy all those he thought were bad. Hitler and his evil empire justified all that they did in the name of the Vaterland or Fatherland. That very term says that we have to go backward to what our land was for our fathers. You know, when everyone knew his place.
There are those who say, “Well, not everything Hitler did was bad.” We can’t let anyone get away with that remark. And when Bannon says his goal is “the deconstruction of the administrative state” we should all ask what exactly does that mean? What comes next and why are you the expert?
Steve Bannon’s real goal is to be President. He believes that American voters are so dumb you can get them to do anything. I find it rather revealing that Bannon’s nickname for Donald Trump is “Archie Bunker.” Steve knows the President is so unaware of what is really going on, he can play him like a fiddle. We just hope it’s not Nero playing while America burns.
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