Bye bye Bannon - Opinion

Bye bye Bannon

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 10:28 am

Alternately described in the press as a political Svengali, the id of President Donald Trump and the soul of the arch-conservative wing of the Republican Party, Stephen K. Bannon was the White House man many in the Jewish community both feared and loved to hate. During and after last year’s presidential campaign, Bannon’s Breitbart News was seen as the mouthpiece of the so-called “alt-right” coalition of white nationalists and die-hard conservatives which peddled conspiracy theories harkening back to tired racist and anti-Semitic tropes.

So it was no surprise that many breathed a sigh of relief last Friday when Bannon — reportedly at the direction of both Trump and his new chief of staff, retired General John F. Kelly — left the White House after seven months as the president’s “chief strategist.” But even though Bannon, an unrepentant America Firster who just days before his firing called for an old-school trade war with China, is out of the administration, it isn’t all that clear that much will change in the Oval Office.

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