Steve Bannon Gives Stinging Criticism of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner 2017/12/19

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Steve Bannon appeared in an article in Vanity Fair on December 22, 2017. The article was titled; “I HAVE POWER”: IS STEVE BANNON RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT?

Vanity Fair followed Steve Bannon during a trip to Japan, on the trip he delivered an anti-China speech at a conference for human rights. During a speech in the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Village, Bannon made an oft repeated message, that the clueless democratic leaders of America had sold out the workers to China:

“The elites in our country have been under a very false premise that as China became more prosperous and economically developed that there would be an underlying increase in democracy. What we found out over the last decade is the exact opposite has happened. The question has to be asked: Are the elites in the United States that stupid? Did people actually sit there year after year after year and not understand what was going on? Or was something else going on? Were these elites either bought off or did they just look the other way? That question is going to have to be answered.”

Bannon left the White House in August 2017 and said:

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over.” 

Steve Bannon on Trump - “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over.” Cartoon caricature APT

Bannon is potentially considering his own run as future President and believes that his real opponent is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“The G.O.P. establishment, as personified by Mitch McConnell, has not done a good job supporting the president’s agenda,”

Bannon backed Roy Moore for the Senate seat in Alabama – the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. The Washington Post however published an article about how Moore had pursued romantic and sexual relationships with teenagers in the 1970’s while he was an assistant district attorney. One woman told the paper he molested her when she was 14. in response to this Bannon said:

“I got my two best guys down there. One of the things I realized during the campaign is that, like in the military, it all comes down to one or two decisions in the heat of battle. You have to double down. I’m gonna tell Judge Moore to do his thing. They’re not cut out for this, though.”

In private conversations since leaving the White House, Bannon said Trump only has a 30 percent chance of serving out his term, whether he’s impeached or removed by the Cabinet invoking the 25th amendment. 

In discussing the Bushes, Bannon said:

“The Bush presidency is the most destructive presidency in history. James Buchanan included. It’s not even close. And by the way, I haven’t even gotten to 9/11. I mean, 9/11! Think about if 9/11 had happened on Trump’s watch. We would have gotten 100 percent of the blame by the Bush guys. And they said, well, we just got here. What do you mean you just got here? That’s what gets me about them coming after Trump. I really detest them. I mean, the old man is a pervert. He’s a pervert. Grabbing these girls and grabbing their asses?”

In response to the claims of Roy Moore and his reported inappropriate sexual relationships with teenagers, Bannon said:

“This is Alabama. The age of consent is 16 for a reason.”

Steve Bannon on Steve Bannon - “This is Alabama. The age of consent is 16 for a reason.”. Cartoon caricature APT

Bannon then spoke at length about the internal battles that existed within the White House. Bannon called the two sides “The Democrats” and the “Nationalists”. The Democrats, comprising Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Gary Cohn, and Dina Powell. The Nationalists, comprising Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka, and Peter Navarro. Jared Kushner called the Nationalists either “the crazies” or “Breitbart”.

At the beginning of Trump’s presidency the Nationalists were particularly strong, about this time period, Bannon reflected:

“You had to be a disruptor and keep people on their back heels. That’s why we were doing three E.O.s a day. I told Reince that if you slow down, they’ll pick us apart with the palace intrigue stuff, which is what they really want to write.”

Back on January 29, 2017 the Trump administration installed a travel ban which focused on eight Muslim countries, in reflection Bannon stated:

“Why did we drop the travel ban on a Friday evening? Because the resistance is our friend. Our thing is to throw gasoline on the resistance. I love it. When they”—the Democrats—“talk about identity politics, they’re playing into our hands. Because you can’t win on that.”

In reference to the White Supremacist groups Bannon has been accused of encouraging, Bannon said:

“These guys are beyond clowns. It’s the left media that makes them relevant because 25 of them show up, and it’s like a hundred cameras. They’re losers.”

During his time in the White House, Bannon clashed with Kushner and Ivanka. Bannon said:

“He doesn’t know anything about the hobbits or the deplorables. The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka.” 

Steve Bannon on Jared Kushner and Ivanaka Trump - The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead - Javanka. Cartoon caricature APT

Trump decided to fire James Comey following a meeting with Kushner, Ivanka and Stephen Miller over the weekend of May 6 and 7, Bannon’s repsonse was:

“It’s the dumbest political decision in modern political history, bar none. A self-inflicted wound of massive proportions.”

On reflection of the Trump Russia allegations, Bannon talked about Kushner and his meetings with Russians:

“He’s taking meetings with Russians to get additional stuff. This tells you everything about Jared. They were looking for the picture of Hillary Clinton taking the bag of cash from Putin. That’s his maturity level.”

Steve Bannon on Jared Kushner - “He’s taking meetings with Russians to get additional stuff. This tells you everything about Jared. Cartoon caricature APT

In response to Bannon’s claims, Jared Kushner’s attorney Abbe Lowell stated:

“Steve Bannon may regret not being in the White House anymore, but that is not an excuse for him peddling false stories about Jared or anyone else.”

Bannon also accused Kushner of making bad decisions:

“We have a decision-making problem. We make a lot of bad decisions, and the bad decisions have to do with you.

Steve Bannon on Jared Kushner - “We have a decision-making problem. We make a lot of bad decisions, and the bad decisions have to do with you.”. Cartoon caricature APT

Trump called an Oval Office meeting to broker peace between Bannon, Kushner, and Ivanka Trump, where the source of leaks was discussed. Trump tried to adjudicate, but the meeting did little to diffuse tensions.

[Steve Bannon] “She’s the queen of leaks.”

[Ivanka Trump] “You’re a fucking liar!”

Steve Bannon on Ivanka Trump and Ivanka Trump on Steve Bannon - She’s the queen of leaks. You’re a fucking liar!. Cartoon caricature APT

 Later in response to the latest Roy Moore allegations, Ivanka Trump told the Associated Press

“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.”

In response Bannon referred to the California woman who alleged Trump raped her when she was a teen (the suit has since been dropped.)

“What about the allegations about her dad and that 13-year-old? Ivanka was a fount of bad advice during the campaign.”

Ivanka Trump on Roy Moore. Steve Bannon comment on Donald Trump - What about the allegations about her dad and that 13-year-old. Cartoon caricature APT

On reflection about Trump’s position of President, Bannon affirmed:

“Trump’s at war with the permanent political class in D.C. I have this whole theory about the nullification of the 2016 election by the Democrats, the opposition party and the Republican establishment. Can you believe they had that Senate committee meeting that talked about the president’s ability to use nuclear weapons? It’s unreal!”

Over Trump and the media, Bannon said:

“He doesn’t go online. That’s a huge thing. I mean Orrin Hatch”—who’s 83—“goes online! Trump reads printouts.”

In conclusion Bannon declared:

“I’m not a political operative. I’m a revolutionary.”

Steve Bannon on Steve Bannon - I’m not a political operative. I’m a revolutionary. Cartoon caricature APT

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