Tag: Steve Bannon

Erick Erickson, Editor at http://TheResurgent.com and Host at WSB Radio, joins Dave to discuss the Democratic National Convention, Kamala Harris, Bill Clinton, what happened to his buddy Joe Scarborough, the upcoming debates, Never Trump and the Lincoln Project, Laura Loomer and Steve Bannon. Find Erick on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EWErickson.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris is having very little impact on the presidential race. They also roll their eyes as Hillary Clinton suggests to the convention yet again that she really won the election and Barack Obama, of all people, says we need a president who will faithfully defend the Constitution.  And they react to the news that former White House official and Trump 2016 campaign honcho Steve Bannon is under indictment for allegedly defrauding a charity supposedly funding a border wall.

Bill shares his thoughts on the feud between Steve Bannon and Pres. Trump. Then, Bill interviews Larry Kudlow, a key architect of the Republican tax reform legislation, about the impact tax reform will have in 2018. Kudlow also shares his perspective on Bannon vs. Trump and why he thinks Bannon “is through politically.” Next, Michael Rubin joins Bill to explain what’s behind the protests in Iran and why Trump was right to come out in support of the protesters.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy three good martinis today.  First, they get a kick out of President Trump blasting former aide Steve Bannon over Bannon’s comments in a forthcoming book, with Trump saying Bannon has lost his mind.  They also celebrate the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossing the 25,000 barrier for the first time, and point out that businesses have some certainty that they’re not about to get blindsided buy tax hikes or burdensome regulations for at least another three years.  And they enjoy the news that the Republican candidate won the tiebreaker in a Virginia legislative race, giving control of the chamber to the GOP for the next two years.

Well Done, Mr. President


President Trump and Steve Bannon, his former strategist, have come to verbal blows. It began earlier today when Bannon attacked Paul Manafort and several of the president’s family members in the pre-release of a new book, Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff. Hours later, the president hit back in an official statement:

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, 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.

Trump repudiating Bannon is unambiguously a good thing. Bannon is a nasty piece of work with — President Trump excepted — a nearly perfect record of picking political losers. Appointing him as senior counselor to the president was a terrible idea. Firing him back in August, however, was a step in the right direction. Repudiating him now is even better.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the retirement of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and give him credit for the things he’s done well, and while they like Mitt Romney, they wonder if Utah is missing out on a younger and more conservative replacement for Hatch.  They also slam President Trump for his childish tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong-Un.  And they react to Steve Bannon unloading on his former White House rivals and accusing Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort of treason.

Update:  Since this recording, Trump has responded to Bannon.  “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.”  Trump also accuses Bannon of leaking extensively during his time in office.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to liberal Democrat Doug Jones winning a Senate seat over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama but see a silver lining in that it will be tougher for Democrats to link Moore to every GOP candidate in 2018.  They also see some troubling parallels between 2017 election results and the ones in 2009 and 2010, suggesting Republicans may be on the brink of a Democratic tide similar to the Tea Party wave of 2010.  They roll their eyes as Roy Moore refuses to concede the Senate race despite trailing by more than 20,000 votes, but Greg and Jim also get an idea from the Alabama Senate race that could boost the Senate GOP and solve Jim’s NFL woes at the same time.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching the Russians get barred from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics because of an ongoing doping scandal, and they also get a kick out of the International Olympic Committee suddenly caring about corruption.  They also shake their heads as Steve Bannon tries to discredit Mitt Romney’s denunciation of Roy Moore by saying Moore served in Vietnam and Romney avoided it by “hiding behind his religion.”  And they scold Arizona  Sen. Jeff Flake, who not only condemns Roy Moore but is contributing to liberal Democrat Doug Jones.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America note Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie grabbing a small lead in one poll and greatly closing the gap in others as his tough stance on gang violence resonates with voters.  They’re also stunned to see Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones knotted at 42-42 in a new poll of the special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.  And they suggest an intervention may be needed after Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig unveils his ludicrous five-point plan to make Hillary Clinton president in the near future.

In Defense of “Half-Baked Nationalism”


To say that I’m not a big fan of Sen. John McCain (R-NYTimes Editorial Board) would be an under-statement.

I’m a huge fan of his military service, but as a senator he has only two speeds: Irrelevant and Obnoxious. When he’s not voting like a pretty traditional Republican and going along with the party, he’s out declaring how much better he is than the party he regularly carries water for.

You think Steve Bannon likes beating the crap out of the GOP? He’s a piker compared to John McCain who, since 2000, has made a fetish of it. During the 2008 presidential primaries, I created the website “MyDearJohnLetter.com” where conservatives could post their break-up messages with the Republican candidate who clearly had such a low opinion of GOP voters.

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Stephen Bannon has announced that he will be trying to find primary candidates to challenge all incumbent Republican Senators running in 2018 with the exception of Texas’ Ted Cruz. Cruz has previously received significant financial support from Bannon’s primary financial supporters Robert and Rebekah Mercer. He will require candidates he supports to agree to three […]

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An irony of Donald Trump: in the process of besting Hillary Clinton, he also divided conservatives into three camps. So contends Tevi Troy, a best-selling author and political analyst who worries about the lack of an intellectual presence in the current White House.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review is back!  Today, after some sage insights on today’s solar eclipse, he and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud alumni and parents of college-age students for ending donations and sending their children to other schools after administrators there caved into the demands of social justice warriors in 2015.  They also get chills in learning just how close ISIS came to blowing up an international jetliner and have a newfound appreciation for the weight limits for luggage.  And they discuss the end of Steve Bannon’s time at the White House and what he means by saying the Trump presidency he worked for is effectively over.

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel for simply stating there is no room in the Republican Party for white supremacists and that the GOP does not want their votes.  They’re also surprised by Steve Bannon’s on-the-record interview with a liberal publication, in which he dismisses the military option on North Korea, outlines his push for a trade war with China and more.  And they take a deep sigh as Ohio Gov. John Kasich gets closer to convincing himself there is a “moral imperative” for him to run against President Trump in 2020.

Are Supply-Siders Losing Their Grip on the Trump GOP?


Trump adviser Steve Bannon is supposedly pushing for higher taxes on the rich to pay for middle/working-class tax cuts. As Axios reporter Jonathan Swan reports: “Bannon has told colleagues he wants the top income tax bracket to ‘have a 4 in front of it.’”

Even if the Trump White House proposed raising the top rate just a smidgen to 40% from the current 39.6%, it would be a pretty big deal in a modern GOP built around the “supply-side,” tax-cutting doctrine. (And remember, what’s really key for supply-siders is lowering that top marginal tax rate.) Many conservative Republicans, such as Paul Ryan, deeply believe lower rates are the maximum driver for faster economic growth. The Bannon plan would also be directly opposite from the most recent iteration of the Trump tax plan, which proposes 35% top rate.

Ben Shapiro on Antifa, Bannon and Conservatism


Best-selling author, columnist and former Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro joins Whiskey Politics to discuss President Trump, Conservatism, his strong feelings about Steve Bannon, the Iran Deal, the Antifa threats against campus free speech and answers some Ricochet Member questions. You can find Ben’s columns at The Daily Wire, musings on Facebook and his #1 ranked conservative podcast on iTunes & Soundcloud.

Poll: Who Should Trump Fire?


White House watchers have spent a lot of time criticizing President Trump’s top staffing choices. Some want former GOP Chairman Reince Priebus booted off the team for being a swamp-enabling RINO squish. Others think former Breitbart boss Steve Bannon will tie the administration to kooky alt-right nationalism. And some think Ivanka’s hubby Jared Kushner is just a Wall Street globalist.

The President is already sick of each team leaking and counterleaking, and Beltway types are wondering when he will decide that enough is enough. What do you think? If Trump had to say “you’re fired” to one of these three, who do you want to be the first to get the boot?