A bomb-thrower’s words have done him in. Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury, quoted Stephen K. Bannon criticizing Donald Trump and his children with the most incendiary words. During the 2016 campaign, rumors swirled that the children met with the Russian intelligence operatives for dirt on Hillary Clinton, Bannon said, “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad … and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
The White House responded with swift and coordination previously unseen. It called on allies to cut off all ties with Bannon. Bannon, once the White House’s chief strategist, now lost his platforms at Breitbart News and SiriusXM radio. One preferred candidate for Congress, Kelli Ward of Arizonia, downgraded Bannon’s ties to just mere one of many endorsements. Former protege Stephen Miller told CNN Sunday that Bannon was an “angry, vindictive person.”
All of this drowned out any chance for Bannon to clear his name. By the time he finally had a word in on the revelations, the immolation entered its fifth day.