Still reeling from the backlash over his derisive comments about the Trump family that appeared in an explosive new book, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon stepped down from his post as executive chairman of Breitbart News on Tuesday—a move reportedly forced by the outlet’s right-wing patron Rebekah Mercer.
“Bannon still thinks of himself as a revolutionary. That self-perception won’t change. It’s just that now he has no vehicle, no staff, no platform, and no major donors funding his ambitions.”
—Jonathan Swan, Axios
“I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform,” Bannon said in a statement on Tuesday.
Bannon became the subject of countless headlines last week after his remarks to author Michael Wolff were made public for the first time by the Guardian, which obtained a copy of Wolff’s book Fire and Fury just ahead of its publication.
On Sunday, Bannon—who President Donald Trump has taken to calling “Sloppy Steve”—attempted to walk back his characterization of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” by insisting that Don Jr. is “both a patriot and a good man.”
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