An article in the hill alerts its readers to the stealth caucus gaining steam in the White House. There is plenty of intrigue and one of the questions being asked is who is leaking stories to whom and who will win in the end.
On one side are Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump known as the Jarumps (who registered as Republicans only to vote for Donald), Gary Cohn the carbon tax Democrat, Dina Habib Powell (the only Republican – a nonideological one), and the other Democrat Steve Mnuchin. The other side, the one losing power, is Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Miller, Reince Priebus, and Sean Spicer.
The article batted about the usual banter about Trump not tolerating staff getting more attention than him, but one thing did stand out.
We’ve heard that Bannon is planting stories he thinks will benefit him, and he has been quoted as calling Jared Kushner a “globalist” and “worse than a Democrat”. But Bannon’s allies say it is the Jarumps, Powell, and Cohn who are planting stories meant to play up his influence, knowing that the image-conscious Trump would resent Bannon for it.
“Steve is not a guy who plants stories int he press to toot his own horn,” one Bannon ally said.
The palace is full of intrigue and the two sides are diametrically opposed. The establishment tried to destroy Trump and it didn’t work, now they are out to swallow him up into the mire of the swamp.
Kellyanne Conway has all but disappeared from sight, allegedly because of a couple gaffes. She too is high profile, perhaps too much so. Trump’s biographer said that the right-wingers in the White House are getting more press than Trump and that is “the kiss of death”.
K.T. McFarland and General Flynn are already gone. Stephen Miller has lost standing as well.
It’s possible the Bannon side is simply trying to lower their profile, but Democrats are gleefully predicting their impending career demise and Populism along with them.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough – leftist Mika Brzezinski’s main squeeze – said he’s been told for weeks that Bannon has been “trashing Jared to anyone who would listen”. However, Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam asked Scarborough how often he and co-host Mika Brzezinski exchange text messages with Powell.
“The reality is Powell is their guiding operative,” Kassam tweeted.
All that being said, there is a concern that Donald Trump will abandon his Populist message and become the Establishment. It’s a possibility. He did belittle Steve Bannon in a recent interview with NY Post’s Michael Goodwin.
When asked if he has confidence in Bannon, he said, “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump said. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”
Referencing the infighting, he said, “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”
Bannon is not only at odds with Kushner, he is a serious threat to the entire establishment – military, industrial, financial, and media, banks, Wall Street, government agencies – and the establishment knows it. They want him gone.
The irony is the battle from the right was against the RINO establishment, and it was fierce, but the winners, in the end, might well be Democrats.
In the end, Trump is so much better than Hillary, we can live with it.
Following is an analysis with Lee Stranahan.