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Trump Trying to Ban Bannon-Based Book

The media are all abuzz about the “feud” between Donald Trump and former adviser Steve Bannon. It started with reporter Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury,” which quotes Bannon. Wolff interviewed many people in the White House, over a long period of time. Could it be that Bannon was taken out of context? Could things he said have been irony? It doesn’t matter, Trump has come out shooting from the hip, with both guns blazing.

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First, let’s look at some of the “revelations” in the book.

1. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, described a meeting set up by Donald Trump Jr. with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon is quoted as saying.

2. Bannon reportedly said the president likely met with the meeting’s participants afterward, speculating that Trump’s son brought them up to his father’s office. “The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero,” Bannon said.

3. Trump didn’t want to win, and no one in his campaign thought he would win. “Well, it would only be a problem if we won,” ­former national security adviser Michael Flynn assured his friends about his decision to accept $45,000 for a speech in Russia.

4. Trump would speculate on the flaws of his staff after hanging up the phone with them. “Bannon was disloyal (not to mention he always looks like shit). [Reince] Priebus was weak (not to mention he was short—a midget),” Wolff recalls about Trump’s reflections. “[Jared] Kushner was a suck-up. Sean Spicer was stupid (and looks terrible too). Conway was a crybaby. Jared and Ivanka should never have come to Washington.”

5. Trump [told] Hope Hicks. . .who had dated former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. . . “You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have.

6. As a candidate, Trump had no interest in learning about the Constitution, which he knew very little about. . .

7. Trump [said of]. . . Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. . .“She was, he steamed, ‘such a c—.’”

8. Trump didn’t enjoy his own inauguration. “He was angry that A-level stars had snubbed the event. . .

9. Trump never reads. “He didn’t process information in any conventional sense. . .

10. Trump would mention getting in bed with other women. “Trump liked to say that one of the things that made life worth living was getting your friends’ wives into bed,”. . .

Let’s turn to Breitbart, which Bannon leads, to get more on the story. Here’s a portion of Trump’s reaction:

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. . .

Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well.

Remember that the quotes were from when Bannon was still at the White House, not after he left. As for Bannon’s position, Breitbart quotes Trump, himself:

In November 2016, in a statement announcing Bannon’s appointment as chief strategist in the White House, Trump said: “Steve [Bannon] and Reince [Priebus] are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory. Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again.”

And Breitbart notes that Trump is hurting only himself, quoting Trump detractors:

Members of NeverTrump — conservative pundits who said they would never vote for Donald Trump — are celebrating President Donald Trump’s attack Wednesday on Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon. . .

Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller says Breitbart readers are standing behind Trump, not Bannon.

Christine Biz
Not sure what Bannon is trying to accomplish here, but it only helps the democrats, so what’s the point?. . .

Christine Elizabeth
Banon has got to go! He is ruining himself by his own hand. No one believed that he helped Trump win. . .

Sharon Wubern
The investigation ws Russian collusin based on a DNC fake dossier. Want to go after money laundering, go after Clinton Foundation.

Mary Kata Kimbe
Bye, Steve. If I have to choose between Trump and Bannon. . .Too bad Breitbart is in the crossfire.

The DailyCaller takes an even more painful stab at both Bannon and Breitbart:

On the other hand, Bannon doesn’t even consider Breitbart — his own publication — to be a reputable outlet.

“[The information from the meeting could be] dumped down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication,” Bannon told Wolff in excerpts released to the press Wednesday.

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze quoted Trump Junior.

“Alabama now has one US senator who is a Democrat and another who used to be a Democrat,” Trump first retweeted from a Bloomberg reporter, adding the comment, “Thanks Steve. Keep up the great work.”. . .

“Minus the foul language The Mooch pretty much nailed it,” Trump Jr. said, referring to a rant from former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci last summer:

“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c**k. I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f***ing strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country,” he said at the time.

Trump Jr. ended his tirade of tweets blasting Bannon for his transformation of Breitbart News. . .

And finally, from Business Insider, a surprising evaluation by Bannon.

Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, called Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter and top White House adviser, “dumb as a brick.”

But the most worrisome of the whole episode is not Trump’s wild rant about what a reporter wrote that Bannon may or may not have said months previously. The real concern is that Trump is trying to ban the book.

“Banning books.” Why does that sound familiar?

Here it is, from Fox News:

President Trump’s legal team on Thursday sent a letter to the publisher and author of a forthcoming book about the White House demanding they immediately stop its publication, a day after excerpts led the president to issue a rare, blistering takedown of former adviser Steve Bannon.

“Mr. Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book,” the attorney, Charles J. Harder, wrote in a letter obtained by Fox News.

Goethe Behr :Goethe Behr is a Contributing Editor and Moderator at Election Central. He started out posting during the 2008 election, became more active during 2012, and very active in 2016. He has been a political junkie since the 1950s and enjoys adding a historical perspective.

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  • On Thursday, Trump's attorney issued a cease-and-desist letter to try to halt and ban future publication of Michael Wolff’s book,Fire and Fury. Trump took a page right out of Adolph Hilter’s ban and burn practice.

    Thanks to Jeff Bezos, Fire and Fury is available on Amazon Kindle ebooks for $14.99, meaning you can instantly share it with friends at no charge to them. 328 pages showing Trump's White House as chaotic and dysfunctional and leaves one certain that Trump is unhinged and mentally unstable.

    There has to be large segments of truth in the book since the contents of the book are supported by recorded interviews. If that were not so then Donald Trump would not have had his personal lawyer (Charles Harder) trying to stop its publication. When this didn’t work, Trump used the one strategy he always falls back on: insulting Michael Wolff on Twitter.

    • Please explain why the author admitted some parts were made up to sell books, Which parts were made up? If some parts were made up then none of it is reliable, right? Well, just the parts you like.

      Also please explain why if I were to call you an idiot that you wouldn't complain? As you know you would. Calling someone an idiot is childish, right?

      Also please explain why those who were supposedly quoted said the incident never happened?

      You know the book is fantasy. Some thing you might like. But it is guaranteed to fire up his base.

      • All authors embellish. Just take a look at the Smithsonian’s biographies of past presidents to really understand creativeness in writing. However, Wollf wisely recorded the people he quoted in the book. Do you not read the reference pages in the back of any book? No one knows if Trump personally granted Wolff access, but his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that Wolff had access to administration officials at the White House. Sanders also said Wolff and Trump spoke by phone for "five to seven minutes" after Trump became president, which contradicts Trump’s denials.

        The word idiot archaically referred to the intellectually disabled, but has since gained specialized terms. Dullard seems to be the chosen word of the press. Persons in Trump’s administrative circle are not as polished, as shown when his secretary of state called Trump a moron. Calling others insulting names is a Trump trademark but, at some point, all bullies are called out for their crude and rash behavior. This book is simply the first step. Will it fire up Trump’s base? Certainly. Trump followers who do not read, the followers who lets someone else make their political decisions, the followers who believes the government owes them a living, and these followers will condemn, without question, anything that Trump tells them to rant against. As of Dec, Trump’s approval rating sits at a new low of 32%, according to a poll just released by the Pew Research Center. The poll also found that disapproval of Trump’s job performance is at 63%.

        • The speaking on the phone after he became president was, 7f it happened, probably a congratulatory call.

          If he actually was carrying around a recorder wouldn't the secret service have known? Sounds fishy to me.

        • Your referencing the democrats, not Trump's core, when you say Trump's followers do not read, lets others make their political decisions, who believe the government owes them a living, etc. Why you think Trump's followers believe that?

          The book is garbage. People like Corey, Pompo, etc. that were supposedly referenced have said so. Is is strictly fantasy.

          It's interesting that a black woman, Donna Brazile (sp)? was crticize for telling the truth by democrats but Wolf is believed. Lots of sexism coming from the liberal media.

          I wouldn't waste my time reading a garbage book like wolf's. I'm sure you loved reading it. He wrote it to sell books.

          Have you checked Truman's approval rating? Or Japan's. and France's leaders approval ratings?

          • Why did I say Trump follower does not read? You are a prime example. Your words “I wouldn't waste my time reading a garbage book like wolf's”. Meaning you have no earthly idea what is actually written on those 328 pages. You have allowed someone else to do your reading and control your mind’s thinking process.

            Nearly 70 percent of those benefiting from the so-called cost-sharing subsidies of the ACA live in states Trump won last November, according to the Associated Press. Destroying the ACA underscores a political risk for Trump and the Republicans who could end up owning the blame for increased costs, loss of insurance coverage, and chaos in the insurance marketplace.

            Being black had nothing to do with Donna Brazille’s troubles. Brazille’s downfall was she chose to lie when the truth would have served her better. No one uses the Sexism Smears more often than Donald Trump so don’t blame the social media for Trump’s sins.

            It is true Harry Truman inherited a hard row to plow as is often the fate of an honest man. Truman made all the necessary humane decisions with great and simple courage. He simply lacked the gift of illuminating his reasons for doing so. Firing General MacArthur was a milestone the world hung around his neck. It took years before his redemption and the world realized MacArthur was guilty of many, many acts beyond human decency. His most inhumane act of war was using the agent orange bombs which not only killed the Korean people but made the land barren of vegetation of any kind for up to twenty years. His approval rating was never lower than Trump’s present rating so what’s the point of your asking?

        • Trump's followers who do not read. I am a follower of President Trump and I have read many of your vitriolic rants. I know you are still in denial that Queen Hillary is in upstate New York instead of the White House.?

          The followers who believe the government owes them a living? Are you sure you aren't talking about the poor souls who have been brainwashed by the Democratic party into thinking without the Democrats their gravy train is over? As far as I know I have never asked for anything from the government. Another one of your fallacies up in flames.?

          Of course you have to mention approval and disapproval ratings. President Trump has done more in his first year than the Muslim in Chief did in his entire eight dismal years. When will you accept that you are truly lucky to be alive in this period of American Renaissance??

          • It isn’t a question of what Trump and Wolff discussed on the phone. The question is: why would Trump choose to lie and say he had never talked to Wolff. Seven minutes is more than “hello”.

            Please explain the statement that you have never ask anything from the government. Are you saying that you don’t appreciate or want your freedom of speech? Your right to live where you please and work where you please. Are you going to refuse to draw social security when disabled or retired? How will you manage when there are no roads and highways and no police force to protect you?

            The American Renaissance was a period from 1876 to 1917 which offered a theory that the United States was the heir to Greek democracy, Roman law, and Renaissance humanism. Or did you simply mean American Renaissance the monthly online magazine which is a white supremacist publication?

            Trump, in his bully fashion, labels others and calls them derogatory names. He is loyal to no one. His cabinet posts are in continual change. No one is safe.