It all started with a book and an old friend saying bad things about our President. The Guardian Reported that it obtained a copy of Michael Wolff’s upcoming book Fire and Fury that includes an interview with former Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon where Bannon describes the June 9, 2016 Kushner/Trump Jr., meeting with Russians as “unpatriotic” and “treasonous.” Bannon argues Kushner and Trump Jr. should have contacted the FBI when the meeting was being arranged stating:
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.
Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
Even more significantly, Bannon also said there was “zero chance” that Kushner and Trump Jr., did not walk the Russians up to the next floor to meet Donald Trump. If Bannon is to be believed Trump met with those Russians on June 9, 2016 and Trump, his son and son-in-law have been lying about it since.
Later in the day Trump releases a statement that can only be described as an epic Presidential meltdown that makes Chernobyl look like a backyard barbecue. Trump blasted his former friend and Chief Strategist, stating that when Bannon “was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” Trump belittled Bannon’s role in his campaign and his Presidency, saying Bannon “had very little to do with our historic victory and was rarely in one-on-one meetings with the President. He also said Bannon as Trump’s Chief Strategist “spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was.”
Selected quotes just don’t capture the breadth, depth and profound extremities kicking tantrum nature of this meltdown. It is worth of reproduction in total. Here it is:
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican Party.
“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.
“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.
We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.”
One thing Trump didn’t do was deny any of the specifics of what Bannon said to include that Kushner and Trump Jr., likely had the June 19, 2016 Russians meet the future President.
Contrast this with Trump’s parting comments about Bannon when he left the Administration in August.
That was just 4 1/2 months ago folks. Further, I very much doubt this story is over. Bannon will have more to say and Trump will have more to say about that.
The controversy has at least distracted from the condemnation of Trump’s prior tweet bragging about having his itchy fingers on his very big nuclear launch button. So, there’s that.
Folks, this is a mentally imbalanced President. You need only look at his post-New Year’s eve tweets to see that, though there is obviously a lot more before that.
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