Bannon Gets the Boot, Manmade Disaster
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Vol. 6, No. 220
Ten Little Indians: The long-rumored firing of President Trump’s extreme nationalist adviser Steve Bannon finally happened. Bannon joins the growing list of Trump’s original team, including his national security adviser, press secretary, and chief of staff who’ve been given the boot.
At no loss for what to do next, Bannon returned immediately to his old job, leading the evening editorial meeting for Breitbart News, the right-wing news website that made him a figure of national influence. Bannon was behind the declaration that the mainstream press is the enemy of America.
Bannon spoke to the Weekly Standard saying his departure is a complete game-changer for the administration. “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”
Bannon’s exit may have been hastened by his interview with The American Prospect in which he talked about a trade war with China and doing away with his enemies in government.
Bannon had nasty internal battles with other Trump aides, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, and can be expected to take them public in Breitbart.
“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” Alex Marlow, the editor in chief of Breitbart, said in a statement. The website’s headline crowed, “‘Populist Hero’ Stephen K. Bannon Returns Home to Breitbart.”
Abandon Ship: President Trump is getting hit from all sides about his Charlottesville remarks, including from a grieving mother and a former presidential candidate.
Add to that, the entire membership of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announced their resignation.
Susan Bro, the mother of the young woman killed in the Charlottesville demonstration, says the White House has called several times, but she won’t speak to President Trump. She said, “I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters like Ms. Heyer with the KKK and the white supremacists.”
Bro said, “You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying ‘I’m sorry. I’m not forgiving for that.’”
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked via Facebook saying, “Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn.” Romney wrote, “His apologists strain to explain that he didn’t mean what we heard. But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric.”
Nation: Six police officers were shot overnight, and one of them killed, in separate incidents in three cities. One officer was killed and another badly wounded, in Kissimmee, Fla. when the cops were responding to a report about drug activity. Two others were injured in Jacksonville responding to a suicide attempt. They killed a man with a rifle.
In Pennsylvania, two state troopers were shot and a suspect was killed.
Manmade Disaster: At least 450 people are now confirmed dead in Monday’s mudslide outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. Another 600 to 1,000 are missing, and there is little hope for their survival. It’s been a heartbreaking scene as friends and family mourn the missing. Entire families were wiped away.
Local journalist Umaru Fofana wrote for the BBC that it was largely a manmade disaster in a country that gets heavy rain. “Most of Freetown’s forest cover, which used to capture the rainfall, has been tampered with. The construction of houses is poorly regulated, and town planning is virtually non-existent.”
Out of Africa: Wayne Lotter, a South African dedicated to fighting elephant poaching, was murdered Wednesday in Tanzania’s port city of Dar es Salaam.
The Guardian newspaper reported that Lotter, 51, was being driven from the airport to his hotel when another vehicle stopped his taxi before two men opened his car door and shot him. Wildlife preservationists assume that Lotter was assassinated because of his work, but the police have offered no theories.