How Bannon Lost Trump

How Bannon Lost Trump

January 8th, 2018 // 11:28 am @

Steve Bannon has initiated a very public conflict with Donald Trump. Mr. Bannon is a politically astute operator, who will have known exactly the public interest in the comments he made to Michael Wolff, for his new book “Fire and Fury”.

The question that comes from his actions is how could two people so closely linked in the Presidents election have fallen out so badly and so quickly. The answer is they were never as close as they looked.

Steve Bannon is an ideologue who believes passionately that the US is facing enemies that need destroyed. His present focus is on extreme Islam, but it was in the past the Soviet Union, and this highlights a key part of Mr. Banners approach, he needs an “Enemy” not an opponent.

He has said of Islam “…we’re now, I believe, at the beginning stages of a global war against Islamic fascism” He has similarly strong views on other groups that he see’s as enemies.

Mr. Banner is a “war consigliere” ready to bring chaos and destruction in the name of winning what he see’s as a war. This need for an enemy is central to his being, and if it were not extreme Islam, it would be some other group.

He needs however a political front to gain elected power, and he has been looking for the next Regan for some time, and he tried to work with Sarah Palin in 2012, without success.

Then he found Donald Trump and thought he had found the next great political warrior. He worked astutely with a Trump who was at the time primarily ranting at the world, and crafted that into an emotional message that appealed to many Americans.

Once elected Donald Trump held him close as a Senior Advisor, and member of the National Security Council, and Bannon thought they were ready to fight the wars he believes in. He was behind the raft of Presidential Executive Orders that spewed from the white House in the early months of Trumps Presidency, in what he saw as the first shots of the war.

The failure of these to be effective and Bannons constant need for conflict, led the president to distance himself and eventually fire Bannon.

The mistake Bannon made was in misunderstanding the President. Donald Trump is no ideologue, he is combative by nature but behind that there are no strong ideological beliefs, and certainly nothing that would drive him to wars the likes of those envisaged by Bannon.

Trump is insecure and thin skinned, and when he feels he is under any sort of attack, his instinct is to attack his tormentors, but this combative nature is a cover for his insecurity not part of an ideological war.

So while Bannon and Trump look sometimes similar in their combative responses to almost anything, the reasons behind these aggressive responses are fundamentally different.

Steve Bannon wants a war with the enemies he perceives and is happy with whatever collateral damage is caused. Donald Trump wants adulation to sooth his ego, and while he may talk aggressively he has no taste for the type of wars Bannon wants.

Bannon’s need for enemies and wars, and Trumps fragile ego, are at the very heart of how each man emotionally reacts to the world around him.

With such different fundamental views of the world and what they want it was probably inevitable they would fall out.

Steve Bannon now finds himself out in the cold with reducing influence on American politics, and him lashing out in frustration will probably happen again.

President Trump is now without the man who could turn his rantings into an effective political message that can be understood by those who voted for Trump.

As we move forward we will probably continue to see a highly vocal and unpredictable President but his message will lack the underlying structure Bannon gave it. As for Bannon his political influence will continue to decline and further frustrated outbursts are likely.

 


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