President Bannon

(Credit: NBC News)
Stephen Bannon (Credit: NBC News)

“Plenty of presidents have had prominent political advisers, and some of those advisers have been suspected of quietly setting policy behind the scenes (recall Karl Rove or, if your memory stretches back far enough, Dick Morris),” The New York Times is reporting in an editorial.  “But we’ve never witnessed a political aide move as brazenly to consolidate power as Stephen Bannon — nor have we seen one do quite so much damage so quickly to his putative boss’s popular standing or pretenses of competence.

“Mr. Bannon supercharged Breitbart News as a platform for inciting the alt-right, did the same with the Trump campaign and is now repeating the act with the Trump White House itself. That was perhaps to be expected, though the speed with which President Trump has moved to alienate Mexicans (by declaring they would pay for a border wall), Jews (by disregarding their unique experience of the Holocaust) and Muslims (the ban) has been impressive. Mr. Trump never showed much inclination to reach beyond the minority base of voters that delivered his Electoral College victory, and Mr. Bannon, whose fingerprints were on each of those initiatives, is helping make sure he doesn’t.

“But a new executive order, politicizing the process for national security decisions, suggests Mr. Bannon is positioning himself not merely as a Svengali but as the de facto president.

“In that new order, issued on Saturday, Mr. Trump took the unprecedented step of naming Mr. Bannon to the National Security Council, along with the secretaries of state and defense and certain other top officials. President George W. Bush’s last chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, was so concerned about separating politics from national security that he barred Mr. Rove, Mr. Bush’s political adviser, from N.S.C. meetings. To the annoyance of experienced foreign policy aides, David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s political adviser, sat in on some N.S.C. meetings, but he was not a permanent member of the council.”

The rest of the editorial is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

9 thoughts on “President Bannon”

  1. If your under 35 get your passport. These idiots will start the draft soon. They’ll need cannon fodder for the fake news provider (Bannon, now on the National Security Council) to start a war.

  2. The rest of the story is that the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the director of national intelligence, and the secretary of energy are EXCLUDED from meetings without a specific invitation. Bannon is to trump what Goebbels was to Hitler, the propaganda master.

    This is what our rep LaMalfa had to say about the immigration ban,
    “This is a common-sense policy to keep our country safe, and frankly, one that is long overdue. This pause will be used to develop an effective vetting process and have it in place so that we can assist refugees without jeopardizing our national security.”

    What is really long overdue is LaMalfa getting the boot out the door. He is just a bootlicker butt kisser (like McClintock) who will do or say whatever they are told to do or say right in goose-step with Bannon.

  3. We already had a common sense immigration policy developed and updated by Obama. LaMalfa is a Trump JAP (just another parrot). Trump (and his massive ego) just wants to get his name (in gold lettering, of course) on a healthcare plan, an immigration plan, the White House, a big fancy wall in the desert, etc. I think I can hear him now, ‘We will call it the Great Wall of Trump’! It is going to be the biggest and best wall ever! Way better than that Chinese wall!’

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