|Fire and Fury Fiasco||
4 January 2018
Cogito Ergo Non Serviam
Journalist Michael Wolff has a book about the Trump campaign and administration coming out on Tuesday that has already taken over the newscycle. Advance copies have reporters and analysts talking of little else. In the book, former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon lets loose on just about everyone in the White House. It is so bad that Mr. Trump's lawyers have sent Mr. Wolff and his publishers a cease-and-desist letter, which will only help sales. The news here isn't that the Trump campaign and White House are staffed by incompetent amateurs nor that the president is unfit to run a lemonade stand. The news is that Mr. Bannon has seen fit to escalate the civil war among Republicans and other conservatives.
Mr. Bannon, in interviews that Mr. Wolff has recorded, seems to have gone after the inner-most circle of Team Trump, the family of the president. He said that Donald Trump, Jr.'s meeting with the Russians at Trump Tower back in June 2016 was treasonous. He added “They are going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.” He went on to say, “The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.” The word Mr. Bannon meant as “jamoke,” someone dumb as a cup of coffee. In his opinion, Ivanka Trump might not even be a jamoke since he called her “dumb as a brick.”
NBC is reporting on one excerpt, "There was now a fair amount of back-of-the-classroom giggling about who had called Trump what. For Steve Mnuchin and Reince Priebus, he was an 'idiot.' For Gary Cohn, he was 'dumb as s--t.' For H.R. McMaster he was a 'dope.' The list went on.” Meanwhile, Mr. Trump believes they are all idiots because he is so smart.
Needless to say, this has all got the president's knickers in a twist. He issued a statement that included “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.
“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans.
Mr. Bannon has a show on Sirius XM satellite radio, and in response to a caller yesterday, he called Mr. Trump “a great man.” He added that he supports the president completely. He even tweeted that the president was the “great white hope” of America. He backs the agenda of the White House wholeheartedly.
Clearly, Mr. Bannon let his guard down around Mr. Wolff, and he is now trying to paper over the cracks. However, the cracks aren't going away. Mr. Bannon has put his finger on the real issue, “This is all about money laundering. “Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner… It’s as plain as a hair on your face …. It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit. The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”
This journal has long believed that the Trump Organization would make an ideal partner for Russian mobsters who wanted to clean up their dirty rubles and change them into nice clean dollars and euros. There will be no second term.
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