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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

President Trump’s mental incoherence has a clinical character and Dr. Stephen Bannon has just the cure: “Pay no attention to the orange-haired man tweeting at you; at least not when Breitbart News tells you not to.”

The sartorially challenged Goldman Sachs veteran, now running Breitbartafter a failed attempt to run the U.S. government, is responding to the new political reality diagnosed by Bill Maher: Trump isn’t bipartisan; he’s bipolar.

Ever since the failed casino cashier in the Oval Office embraced Democratic congressional leaders in his desperate search for something he can call a “win,” this psychological assessment has proven more accurate than Washington’s wishful thinking.

Trump isn’t seeking ideological compromise when he plays footsie with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. He’s acting out the insecurities baked into his unstable mental condition, leaving bewildered disciples like Ann Coulterwondering if they should impeach him, or go with the flow of the base voters, who shrug and say, in effect, “It’s fine with us, if he wants to help some immigrants.”

Dr. Bannon’s Prescription

For confused conservatives, Bannon provides a comforting service, spinning presidential incoherence into ideological purity.

If this means occasionally condescending to his former boss, well, Bannon knows how to do that. During the presidential campaign, he told a colleague in multiple conversations that Trump was an “imperfect vessel” for the anti-globalist, racially chauvinist revolution Bannon had in mind.

At Breitbart News, it is Bannon, not Trump, who determines what is truly Trumpian.

Consider the September 26 Senate Republican primary in Alabama. Trump has endorsed incumbent Luther Strange, appointed to the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and will campaign for him this week.

But Strange is not the Trump candidate, according to Bannon, who has ordered Breitbart to step up its attacks on him as a pro-amnesty creature of the Republican establishment.

The true Trump candidate, according to Breitbart, is the man not supported by Trump: Judge Roy Moore, the fanatical Christian fundamentalist who was booted from the Alabama bench for his defiance of a federal court order about the separation of church and state. Breitbart’s coverage of him is relentlessly positive.

It’s a curious situation, as one Breitbart correspondent noted:

“What makes all of this even more odd is that Trump himself is heading down here to Alabama on Friday to campaign for Strange in the Huntsville area, despite the fact that Moore is more in line with the principles he espoused over the course of the campaign. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to campaign for Strange next Monday here in the state.”

What’s odder still is that Trump and Pence are not considered by Bannon to be the best judge of their own principles. Bannon is.

Dreamer Deal

Ditto for DACA (Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals).

Trump signaled he is open to a deal to protect the 800,000 Dreamers with a rare statement of decency:

The Trumpian position, according to Breitbart, is the one Trump has indicated he does not support: Deport the Dreamers to create jobs for black men.

What is emerging is a Trump Party that is distinct from the president.

“You don’t have to call it the Trump Party,” Coulter told Breitbart this week, “but it would be the Trump Party because of the issues Donald Trump won on.”

That’s the party Bannon is building at Breitbart. His escalation of negative coverage of the Alabama Senate race is intended to send a message to his former boss: “You control the Trump White House, but I control the Trump Party. You are the king, but I am the kingmaker.”

Jefferson Morley is AlterNet’s Washington correspondent. He is the author of the forthcoming biography The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton (St. Martin’s Press, October 2017) and the 2016 Kindle ebook CIA and JFK: The Secret Assassination Files.


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7 responses to “Breitbart Logic: To Support The Trump Agenda, You Have To Oppose Trump”

  1. FireBaron says:

    Essentially, Steve Bannon is a less savory version of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney rolled into one slovenly schmuck.

    • CrankyToo says:

      I’m trying to wrap my brain around that one, FB…. A few short months ago, it would have been nigh impossible to imagine anyone less savory than TurdBlossom and Darth Vader. Truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction.

  2. Dapper Dan says:

    Oh man if Roy Moore who’s expected to get the republican nomination wins in the general we’ll have the worst Senator by far than before. You think Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions are bad this guy brings crazy to a whole new level. He’s even talked about impeaching sitting justices on the Supreme Court who doesn’t share his far fetched unconstitutional views. For someone who seems to have great love for the Ten Commandments is Hellbent on Breaking all Ten of them. He’s the Mother of all hypocrites out there

  3. Lynda Groom says:

    Lets see, we need to destroy the village to save the village. Seems to me that I’ve heard that refrain somewhere and sometime ago.

  4. johninPCFL says:

    So Agent Orange still can’t think of anything bad to say about Putin, but President Bannon has now gone negative on the tangerine tyrant.

    Amazing what a screwed up mess the GOP is today.

  5. Richard Prescott says:

    Wow, who passed out all the delusion drinks? Must have been what they drank when Trump got the GOP nomination. They have been that screwed up since.
    Are we certain we are not on a Twilight Zone episode?

  6. Breitbart Logic is illogical, and befits only a band of chimps.

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