The GOP Civil War Is Escalating; Supposedly Both Priebus and Bannon Are Its Next Casualties

by ursulafaw –

Backstabbing, internecine squabbling and tales of familial inner strife used to be the purview of soap opera or Shakespeare until the advent of Donald Trump in politics. Here’s a brief flashback to just February:

“Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it.”  Trump tweeted.

Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee for president in 2008, told reporters this week that the “whole environment is one of dysfunction in the Trump administration”.

“Who’s making the decisions in the White House? Is it the 31-year-old? [Steve Miller] Is it Mr Bannon? Is it the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff? I don’t know.”

Neither do we, Senator, and the answer is murkier now more than ever. A few days ago Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council and replaced by national security professionals. Hiring a professional to do the job, what a concept. Bannon threw a tantrum and threatened to quit outright, but Republican mega-donor Rebekah Mercer talked him off the ledge. What that did was precipitate a stand off, with the alt-right wingnuts nationalists on one side, and the “West Wing Democrats,” as their detractors call them, on the other.          .

The Daily Beast reported that Bannon had called Kushner a “cuck“ and “globalist” behind Kushner’s back. Kushner was quoted as saying that, “Bannon and his guys are clinically nuts.” Then Alex Jones and Roger Stone entered the fray on Jones’ Friday night show and all hell broke loose. They wasted no time declaring war on Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump, braying that they were “enemies of the republic” per RawStory:

Jones agreed Kushner and his wife appeared to be part of a broad Democratic conspiracy to shut down right-wing sites — which he described as guardians of the republic, and which the FBI is investigating for possible ties to Russian agents.

“If there’s anyone on the planet who would understand this, it’s Steve Bannon,” Stone said. “I don’t think Jared understands that if these censorship initiatives go forward, the chances of the president’s re-election are zero.”

Jones used a series of code words to warn his listeners that Kushner, who is Jewish, was trying to undermine his father-in-law, the president.

“He is surrounded by weak, foppish, left-wing New York socialites,” Jones said, and Stone picked up the thread.

“Meanwhile, we see Jared dining with the head of Google with one of the toniest restaurants in Manhattan,” Stone said. “This is more disturbing to me than anything else because the future of the Trump administration and his efforts to make America great again completely pivot off access to the ‘net and the ability to rally the same people who elected him.”

Kushner has been re-christened “the little snake” and the #FireKushner hashtag is up and trending.  Raw Story has a compilation of the best tweets and my personal favorite is halfway down the page, where a picture of the youngster in “The Omen” is side by side with one of Kushner. Amazing resemblance. Kushner is now officially being compared to Satan by the alt-right.

Finally, a White House aide told Axios that Bannon is indeed going to be leaving and also, that Trump is considering replacing Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, to boot. Supposedly this is not a question of if but when.

Tensions between Bannon and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law said a trusted aide, have boiled over this week as the White House chief strategist was booted from the National Security Council and reportedly had to be persuaded to remain on the staff by megadonor Rebekah Mercer.

“The tension, the exhaustion, the raw nerves have gotten much harder to disguise,” the aide said.

Sources told Axios that Trump is considering at least four replacements for Priebus, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), former Bush Secretary of Commerce Wayne Berman, former campaign adviser David Urban and economic adviser Gary Cohn, a former top executive at Goldman Sachs.

“Things are happening, but it’s very unclear the president’s willing to pull that trigger,” the aide said.

One thing is certain. The events of this week signal a point of no return in Washington and the GOP is unequivocally in a civil war. The generals are named Koch, Mercer, Prince and DeVos. It will be interesting to watch their next campaign. Don’t touch that dial.

 

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos