Trump Blasts Bannon: “He’s Lost His Mind”

By on January 4, 2018

In an interview with author Michael Wolff (revealed Wednesday in excerpts from an upcoming book about Donald Trump, his campaign, and his time in the White House so far), former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon made several disparaging comments about his former boss.

Bannon suggested, for example, that a meeting that took place between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner in the summer of 2016 was a bad idea — and that it was a mistake to not alert the proper authorities after making contact with people who had strong connections to the Kremlin.

“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers,” Bannon said. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

Many more embarrassing comments about Trump were revealed in the excerpts released by Wolff. And of course, because his name was mentioned, Donald Trump himself decided to respond.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” Trump wrote in a statement in response to the revelations. (That goes against what Trump actually said when he appointed Bannon in November 2016, saying that he and his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus would be “equal partners.”) “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

Trump fired Bannon back in August.

His entire statement is truly something to behold. Here’s part of what Trump had to say:

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, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.

The right is starting to implode into itself, and it isn’t even over ideological issues — it’s about who has the bigger ego, and who has the perseverance to outlast the other in a battle of wits. Between Trump and Bannon, however, that’s a battle that’s more comical than anything else.