Former White House Strategist and political strongman Steve Bannon has announced that he is planning to step down from his position as Executive Chairman at the Breitbart News Network, a title he has held since 2012.
“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, promising a smooth transition and saying that he plans to work hand in hand with other executives at the company to ensure that his replacement is up to par and is aware of the goings on within the network.
Despite the shocking revelation that he had betrayed President Donald Trump, Breitbart CEO Larry Solov said that there would be no hard feelings against the outgoing chairman and says that Bannon was crucial in getting the network to the place it is today. “Steve is a valued part of our legacy,” Solov said in a statement, “and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
Bannon took the helm of Breitbart in 2012, after the passing of the company’s founder and namesake Andrew Breitbart, and brought the company to unprecedented new heights, even becoming a key part of the Trump Presidential campaign. In the summer of 2016, then-nominee Donald Trump announced that he was making Mr. Bannon CEO of campaign operations, and after their stunning election night victory Bannon went on to follow the President to the White House, where he served a stint as the administration’s Chief Strategist before being released in August of 2017.
After leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Bannon returned to Breitbart, but his career went skidding off course with the recent publication of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury, where it was revealed that the ex-strategist had repeatedly railed against the Trump family Among the various slanders documented, Bannon was quoted as saying that Ivanka was “dumb as a brick” and claiming that Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with a Russian lawyer was “treasonous.” This resulted in a falling out with his former boss, and a subsequent rift with many of his former supporters including Breitbart board members and shareowners.
President Trump quickly distanced himself from his former friend, telling his followers “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.” Rebekah Mercer a key shareholder in Breitbart, also began a push to remove him from the company, a push which, it seems, ultimately proved successful this afternoon.
It is sad that we now live in a world where trust is such a hard thing to come by. Even those who appeared to be the most loyal supporters of our President were revealed to be two-faced snakes, fawning publicly over Trump’s accomplishments but lambasting him and his family behind closed doors. America thought better of you, Mr. Bannon, but treachery will not be tolerated, and I can’t say that I am sorry to see you go.
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