ABC News reports that President Trump’s senior strategist has resigned from his job at the White House.
“White House chief of staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
The parting of ways comes after a surprising interview with Robert Kuttner, editor of American Prospect magazine, in which Bannon claims to have thought he was off-the-record when degrading Trump’s base and embarrassing the president.
Bannon was known for amplifying the GOP’s for America’s “alt-right” Nazi movement at Breitbart and engineered Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban.
Recently, his propaganda apparatus tried very publicly to get National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster fired.
New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine General, may very well be behind Bannon’s dismissal as the three generals Mattis, Kelly, and McMaster appears to be closing ranks in their new civilian positions against the hard-line political ideologues who continue to dominated Trump’s thinking.
Just two months ago, news surfaced that Trump issued a major ethics waiver to Bannon retroactively to cover his ongoing relations with Breitbart, freeing him from the legal obligations and standard that apply to West Wing personnel.
Nobody knows where the White House goes from here since Bannon was Trump’s most visceral connector to his base of white supremacists and closeted KKK members.
But with Trump openly mourning the “beautiful” Confederate statues, perhaps the President has no need for dog whistles anymore and is proceeding directly to openly unabashed racism, thereby rendering Steve Bannon’s presence redundant.