As I mentioned in my last post, we’re seeing a new tactic popping up – the elevation of Bannon as the defacto King with Trump as mere mouthpiece and one has to wonder how long Trump will indulge this narrative if it really gathers steam. I think it will be an effective strategy for sowing division between the two, as Trump is a textbook narcissist who will tolerate no challenge to the idea that he is the ultimate captain of the ship.
To that end, here’s some of the narrative so far…
I’ve heard that #stoppresidentbannon is really bothering our leader, and that Trump is mad too. So please don’t retweet.
— Resistance Movement (@ResistanceMove) January 31, 2017
— harleyb (@harleyb11) January 29, 2017
— Kath Halloran (@KathHalloran) January 29, 2017
Is Donald Trump Just a Pawn in Steve Bannon’s Game? (Vanity Fair)
But Bannon, who jokingly refers to himself as “Darth Vader,” is perhaps alone in viewing the Trump administration as a means to a specific philosophical end.
This strategy so far has worked for Bannon, either because Trump understands he needs him or hasn’t caught wind of the fact that he might be being played. The reason why Kushner rose to prominence so quickly, after all, is the fact that Trump knows where his loyalty lies, and that is squarely behind him. If Trump feels that Bannon’s own motives are setting him up to lose, then it’s anyone’s bet as to how topsy-turvy this West Wing could get.