Breitbart Funder Rebekah Mercer Hits Steve Bannon in WSJ Op-Ed: Took Breitbart in ‘Wrong Direction’

Mysterious GOP megadonor Rebekah Mercer is speaking out in a rare op-ed — and she’s taking her rare opportunity in the public eye to take a stand against a prominent former ally. In an op-ed published in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal (paywall protected), the reclusive Mercer — a minority stakeholder in Breitbart — made her opinion known of the site’s former chairman, Steve Bannon. “Stephen Bannon, [Breitbart’s] former chairman, took Breitbart in the wrong direction,” Mercer wrote. “Now that Mr. Bannon has resigned, Breitbart has the opportunity to refine its message and expand its influence.” Mercer, along with her husband Robert Mercer, have been major figures in Republican politics in recent years. The Washington Post reports that the couple has donated nearly $40 million to GOP candidates and super PACs since 2010. “The Mercers laid the groundwork for the Trump revolution,” Steve Bannon told the New Yorker last Continue reading "Breitbart Funder Rebekah Mercer Hits Steve Bannon in WSJ Op-Ed: Took Breitbart in ‘Wrong Direction’"

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Pitching Book That Promises Details on Stormy Daniels Affair

The lawyer who reportedly set up a private LLC and used pseudonyms to pay porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money to stay quiet on her sexual affair with Donald Trump is now shopping a book that promises details on the whole saga. As first reported by The Daily Beast, Michael Cohen has sent a book proposal to multiple publishers. The book will likely be titled Trump Revolution: From The Tower to The White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump and will center on Cohen’s role in Trump’s campaign as well as the president’s businesses. Cohen is pitching the book as both a rebuttal to Michael Wolff’s White House tell-all Fire and Fury and a more expansive Trump explainer than we’ve recently received from Trump allies. In the proposal, Cohen writes that the “reality is that all of these books, across the lot, are based on arm’s length observations Continue reading "Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Pitching Book That Promises Details on Stormy Daniels Affair"

Scaramucci to David Axelrod: Priebus ‘Horrific Guy’ and Bannon ‘Liar, Messianic Figure, Nihilist’

Anthony Scaramucci continues to talk into microphones, this time sitting down for an hour-long interview with David Axelrod, former White House aide to Barack Obama.  This week’s episode of Axelrod’s appropriately named podcast The Axe Files, featured the pair discussing the Rob Porter scandal, his unyielding respect for Chief of Staff John Kelly, among other topics. Scaramucci’s vitriol, and candor, regarding former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon continues unabated, with him telling Axelrod that they were both “horrific guys, bad guys.” He also singled out Bannon for being a “liar, nihilist” and a “messianic figure,” even claiming to have warned President Donald Trump about him on several occasions. Scaramucci took his former boss to task for that proposed military parade that has been eating up cable news coverage this past week. Guess what? He’s not a fan. “These guys wanna Continue reading "Scaramucci to David Axelrod: Priebus ‘Horrific Guy’ and Bannon ‘Liar, Messianic Figure, Nihilist’"

Bannon Reportedly Considered Running For President in Case of Trump Impeachment

Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, considered running for president should Donald Trump resign or be impeached — and even mulled launching a new political party — according to Joshua Green’s book Devil’s Bargain. Excerpts of the new edition of Green’s book on Bannon and Trump’s storming of the presidency were released by Politico, and report that the Breitbart chairman turned White House chief strategist told friends of his own presidential ambitions.
“If Trump quit or was impeached, Bannon told friends, it would eliminate the first great champion of Trumpism—but it wouldn’t be a negative judgment on the politics that had swept him into office. In such a scenario, who better to succeed Trump than the man who got him elected? Bannon shared his interest in running for president with only a few close friends, and even they were never quite sure how seriously to take these Continue reading "Bannon Reportedly Considered Running For President in Case of Trump Impeachment"

Bannon Reportedly Said of Trump: ‘I’m Sick of Being a Wet Nurse to a 71-Year-Old Man’

Bloomberg correspondent Joshua Green appeared on State of the Union Sunday morning to react to the latest turmoil in the White House — and dish on the ousting of former chief strategist Steve Bannon. Bannon, who was pushed out from his powerful perch in the White House after the appointment of John Kelly as chief of staff, was apparently less than enthused about his ouster than it appeared at the time. Green, who penned Devil’s Bargain — a book about Bannon and Trump’s journey to the White House — told CNN’s Jake Tapper that despite Kelly having been brought on board to bring order to the administration, the latest domestic abuse scandal shows “clearly the staff isn’t being managed properly.” “Things are still in a state of chaos,” Green said. Tapper asked about the current state of the relationship between Bannon and Trump. “The day that Bannon was pushed Continue reading "Bannon Reportedly Said of Trump: ‘I’m Sick of Being a Wet Nurse to a 71-Year-Old Man’"

Bill Murray Talks Playing Steve Bannon on SNL: ‘They Had a Really Good Wig’

Bill Murray was on CNBC yesterday because of course he was, and he spoke on Squawk Box about everything from the markets to #MeToo. And on the wave of scandals throughout Hollywood, Murray said, “If people are monstrous, it comes back. Eventually it comes around.” He was also asked about playing Steve Bannon on SNL a few weeks ago. Murray said of the show, “It’s pretty amazing how it runs now.” Becky Quick asked Murray how that Bannon cameo came together. Murray quipped, “The people spoke.” And then he just explained, “My friend called me up and said, ‘Would you like to be Steve Bannon?’ I said, ‘Who wouldn’t? Sure, okay, I’m going that way anyway, so.’ And they had a really good wig.” Watch above, via CNBC. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Steve Bannon Apparently Has Some Thoughts on ‘The Anti-Patriarchy Movement’

Steve Bannon has some thoughts on the #MeToo movement that have been reported today. According to CNN, these quotes from Bannon are included in the updated paperback edition of journalist Joshua Green‘s book coming out next Tuesday:
“The anti-patriarchy movement is going to undo ten thousand years of recorded history.” “You watch. The time has come. Women are gonna take charge of society,” Bannon said, according to Green. “And they couldn’t juxtapose a better villain than Trump. He is the patriarch. This” — the Golden Globe Awards — “is a definitional moment in the culture. It’ll never be the same going forward.”
He continued, “It’s even more powerful than populism. It’s deeper. It’s primal. It’s elemental. The long black dresses and all that — this is the Puritans! It’s anti-patriarchy.” And regarding the Golden Globes, Bannon also feels that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson “ruined his Continue reading "Steve Bannon Apparently Has Some Thoughts on ‘The Anti-Patriarchy Movement’"