Breitbart editor fires back at Trump over Bannon attack: 'Outrageous'

  • Breitbart editor fires back at Trump over Bannon attack: 'Outrageous'

Breitbart editor fires back at Trump over Bannon attack: 'Outrageous'

President Donald Trump's growing feud with Steve Bannon is threatening the former White House strategist's leadership of the conservative Breitbart News website and upending Mr. Bannon's plans to wage "war" on party incumbents he deemed insufficiently loyal to the White House agenda. Indeed, he has gladly done so in the past - in 2016, when he backed Paul Nehlen's hilariously impotent attempt to oust Paul Ryan from his congressional seat in Wisconsin's first district; and previous year, when he threw his weight behind the Senate candidacy of Alabama Republican Roy Moore, even as the former judge imploded and ended up handing the seat to a Democrat.

He noted that Bannon had already unsettled many of his supporters when he said, "The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over", after he left his position in the administration in August.

"The president is a great man", Bannon said on Wednesday on "Breitbart News Tonight", broadcast on Sirius XM.

There remained no doubt that the relationship between Trump and Bannon had soured when the president's lawyer Charles Harder threatened Bannon by serving him a cease and desist letter. Following excerpts of the book hitting numerous media outlets, Trump said when Bannon was sacked as the chief strategist of the White House in August 2017, "he not only lost his job, he lost his mind". Trump reportedly found the allegations fodder for jokes.

The shaming and shunning of Mr Bannon by Trump loyalists comes at a vulnerable time for the former White House chief strategist and the media organisation he heads. He also had strong criticism for the president and his family.

"President Bush, to me, embarrassed himself", Bannon said, referring to one of George's speeches that he thought was directed at Trump.