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Steve Bannon's big problem isn't Breitbart. It's Trump

You can't separate Bannon from Breitbart


Jeremy Binckes
January 5, 2018 1:20PM (UTC)

A note to Steve Bannon: No matter what your beliefs are, the most dangerous thing you can do is cross Donald Trump.

The fallout against the former White House political strategist and Trump confidant is continuing this week, in the wake of his comments appearing in Michael Wolff's tell-all book, "Fire and Fury," and as his political foes are celebrating his perceived demise and his political friends are starting to distance themselves from him.

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One of Bannon's strongest allies — the Mercer family, which is funding Breitbart — issued a stinging rebuke on Thursday, but limited the scope of their attack to what Bannon said about the president.

"I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected," Rebekah Mercer told the Washington Post. "My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements."

And CBS reported Friday that Mercer "cut all ties" with Bannon because that's what Trump wanted her to do.

But Mercer is continuing to finance Breitbart, which has not only been Bannon's political agenda, it's been his political essence. Bannon made Roy Moore his candidate in the Alabama special election. When Moore's major flaws were exposed, Bannon dispatched Breitbart's staffers to attack the women who accused Moore of trying to date them when they were teenagers. After the election, Breitbart's editor admitted that they were acting as political operatives in their decision to cover the election.

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So while Breitbart's funders are wondering whether or not to cut ties with Steve Bannon, it's important to realize that Bannon's legacy will certainly live on. It will just be more Trump-friendly.


Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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