There is a growing discontent with former White House Advisor Steve Bannon among Donald Trump and his inner circle. Now that Robert Mueller is plowing full-steam ahead into his investigation, Steve Bannon’s name is now on the list of people who is expected to be indicted by Mueller, it’s just a matter of when.
Trump’s usual tactic when someone goes down in flames is to distance himself from them by suggesting they were low-level and/or he barely even knew the person. We fully expect Trump to play this exact same card when the hammer falls on Bannon.
RemAfter all, it was that long ago that said he barely knows the guy.
In one interview with the New York Post, the Trump said “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist, and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.
There’s a lot to unpack here, besides the fact that our childish president is still calling the candidate he beat names.
So, Trump barely knows Bannon and he wasn’t involved in the campaign until late?
That’s an altogether different story than Trump told when he first hired Bannon, a former top editor at the conservative website Breitbart, onto his campaign staff last fall. It also directly contradicts the public record.
Trump announced the hiring of Bannon and adviser Kellyanne Conway as part of the Trump campaign on Aug. 17, 2016. Here’s what he said at that time:
“I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win,” Trump said. “I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics, with the experience and expertise needed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and continue to share my message and vision to Make America Great Again. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to win this election, and ultimately become President because our country cannot afford four more years of the failed Obama-Clinton policies which have endangered our financial and physical security.”
So, in Trump’s own words he either “didn’t know Steve,” or he has “known Steve … for many years.”
One of those claims is clearly wrong.
Rebecca Berg of RealClearPolitics reported the day after Bannon’s hiring that Bannon first met Trump in 2011, when Trump was considering a run at the presidency against Obama in 2012. Not to mention, Steve Bannon hosted a radio show that Trump appeared on regularly.
“As Breitbart grew, Mr. Trump was constantly in touch with Steve about news articles and doing interviews with his reporters,” David Bossie, president of the conservative advocacy nonprofit Citizens United, told RealClearPolitics.
The Washington Post reported nine times that Trump appeared as a guest on Bannon’s show.
The New Yorker also confirms, “In 2011, David Bossie, the head of the conservative group Citizens United, introduced Trump to Bannon; at the time, Trump was thinking about running against Obama. Bannon and Trump met at Trump Tower and discussed a possible campaign. Trump decided against the idea, but the two kept in touch, and Bannon gave Trump admiring coverage. Bannon noticed that, when Trump spoke to crowds, people were electrified. Bannon began to think that Trump might be “the one” who could shake up American politics.”
Putin, Bannon, Manafort…how many people will this guy lie about knowing when they become inconvenient for him?