Scaramucci says Bannon to blame for Trump's response to Charlottesville

Kristopher Drake
August 16, 2017

Mr Bannon, 63, also has admirers, including Republican Representative Mark Meadows, who said that without Mr Bannon, "there is a concern among conservatives that Washington will influence the President in a way that moves him away from those voters that put him in the White House".

Perhaps this would be more understandable if the president were more reserved. The departure of his inter-office ally, Reince Priebus, has made him lonelier still.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster was asked three times by NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday whether he can work with Bannon in the White House. After initially condemning violence, hatred and bigotry "on many sides" of the protest, Trump finally denounced racism and white supremacism in a speech on Monday. He said Mr. Bannon, former CEO of Breitbart News and a hero of the "alt-right" movement, should be ousted. "Some of that worked in the campaign", he said. After the 2016 election, we committed to not only honoring its results but also stepping up to help the new administration grow our economy for the good of the American people, but the administration's behavior makes continuing that role exceedingly hard. "There must be no sugarcoating the reality that a white nationalist has been named chief strategist for the Trump administration". Even when Trump knows that Bannon is bad for him, he can't separate himself from him, because he doesn't trust many people, and he trusts Steve.

Spencer's reaction was typical of what many mainstream figures had feared, that Trump's condemnation coming 48 hours after a woman was killed by a white supremacist terrorist, would not be taken seriously by the organizations which fomented the violence.

"I didn't think I was going to last too long, but I thought I'd last longer than like a carton of milk", he said.

Extremists groups have used their presence in the White House to legitimize their divisive and violent rhetoric, ideology, and actions.

He continued, "If it were up to me, [Bannon] would be gone".

And there is Sebastian Gorka, who claims white supremacists are "not the problem", refuses to acknowledge Islam is a religion, and received a medal from a Hungarian group with historical ties to Nazi Germany.

"Are there elements of white supremacy within the White House right now?" asked Colbert in the second half of the interview (above), adding, "Is Steve Bannon a white supremacist?" "What I don't like, though, is the toleration of it".

Other reports by Ligue1talk

Discuss This Article