UPDATE: As The Atlantic reports, Bannon ain’t happy:
“He’s going nuclear,” said another friend. “You have no idea. This is gonna be really fucking bad.”
That’s the word from the New York Times, controversial White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is being shown the door as the Trump presidency’s struggle to find footing in the grip of self-inflicted chaos and disaster goes on:
President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion.
The president and senior White House officials were debating when and how to dismiss Mr. Bannon. The two administration officials cautioned that Mr. Trump is known to be averse to confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep on Mr. Bannon for some time.
As of Friday morning, the two men were still discussing Mr. Bannon’s future, the officials said. A person close to Mr. Bannon insisted the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week, but it was delayed in the wake of the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va.
Mr. Bannon had clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.
Bannon, who never looked comfortable in the Donald Trump White House’s strict Manhattan dress code, was both the focal point of controversy and the ideological pole star that drew in the specific segments of voters considered integral to Trump’s narrow election. It was Bannon’s unapologetic nationalism as voiced by Trump that appealed to Rust Belt voters disaffected by NAFTA, which proved key to Trump’s Electoral College majority. And Bannon’s platform also played a role in motivating the racist fringe to support Trump–a disturbingly symbiotic relationship as became clearer in the past week.
It’s safe to say that history will not miss this creep.