Alleged infighting between Trump supporters and ‘globalist’ White House staff members is evidence of “some kind of coup” according to alt-right website.
Breitbart News, the alt-right flagship and home to former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, published an interview with pizzagate activist Mike Cernovich to assist their fight against Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and other ‘globalists’ whom they view as threats to Trump’s MAGA agenda.
Vanity Fair reported on Tuesday that:
The protracted isolation and eventual excision of Steve Bannon from the West Wing this month was a humbling moment for the populist-nationalist movement that he cultivated as executive chairman of Breitbart. The news site, which Bannon famously called “the platform for the alt-right,” seemed to have achieved a remarkable, unexpected victory with the election of Donald Trump last November. Bannon and Breitbart envisioned a swift global expansion, added veteran Wall Street Journal reporter John Carney, and aspired to take their movement mainstream. Eight months later, however, Bannon and his acolytes have been purged from the West Wing as the “globalists” shape policy from within. “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon told the Weekly Standard, shortly after his ouster. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency.”
Initially, it seemed that Bannon was going to use his influence within the alt-right movement to open up a “new front in the war on the GOP establishment,” as Vanity Fair put it. However, it seems that this assessment is far from accurate.
In interviews and emails obtained last week by a Bannon impersonator, Breitbart‘s editors indicated they were ready to use the site to do “dirty work” on Bannon’s behalf. “#WAR,” one editor tweeted shortly after the news of Bannon’s firing broke. Another told Vanity Fair Bannon wanted to “beat … into submission” his White House rivals’ ideas. The same article included an even more explicit threat from an unnamed high-level staffer: “we’re prepared to help Paul Ryan rally votes for impeachment” if Trump strays too far from the Bannon-era Breitbart ideals that put him in office, the person said.
If yesterday’s reporting by Breitbart is any indication, the alt-right website intends to follow through on that plan.
As Right Wing Watch reported on Wednesday: “Breitbart News called on Mike Cernovich, a pro-Trump social media personality and Infowars contributor, who once promoted a conspiracy theory alleging that top Democrats were operating a child sex trafficking ring beneath a pizza parlor, to further its attacks on White House officials Breitbart believes have compromised President Donald Trump’s campaign agenda.”
Continuing, Right Wing Watch reported that:
On [Wednesday] morning’s episode of “Breitbart News Daily,” host Alex Marlow told Cernovich he was “really excited to talk to” him because he is “kind of a legendary figure online.” Marlow also called Cernovich’s work “pretty much must-reading,” congratulated him for having gained rapid success in right-wing journalism, and told him he was “one of the most well-sourced guys in journalism.”
Breitbart published an article detailing that interview later on Wednesday, reporting that Cernovich’s sources tell him that Trump is effectively under a sort of “house arrest,” invoked by his new Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow asked Cernovich about those reports, telling him:
I just wanted to unpack some of it with you, the first place where it starts in your dispatch is that Trump is on house arrest and you cite John Bolton who people thought was under consideration for National Security Advisor, for Secretary of State who can’t even have access to the President right now and this is a pretty big departure from campaign trail Trump.
I’d heard from people that Trump is on house arrest, I thought “Oh come on, the President of the United States, that’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard,” but I kept digging into it and I kept hearing the same thing over and over again and then, of course, John Bolton wrote his column for National Review and he’s begging people to retweet it, he said “This is the only way the President is gonna see it,” and I’ll say Alex, I don’t really understand, how can Trump not see who he wants to see? This is something I don’t really fully comprehend within the White House. I have talked to a lot of people, it’s a very weird situation.
Marlow agreed with Cernovich, responding:
It is a very weird situation, and this is something that I’m afraid is systemic of something that’s happening inside, people that listen to the show know that I’m not a huge “Javanka” fan [a reference to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump] and I’m just seeing the numbers here Mike and the people inside the White House, you’ve got Kushner, you’ve got Ivanka Trump, Gary Cohn, Dinah Powell, H.R. McMaster… And it’s just overwhelming and now with no Bannon and with no Gorka, just where is the President getting information that can tie him, connect him to his own base?
I heard [John] Kelly had taken [Trump’s] phone, so he wouldn’t be getting messages on his phone which again I thought was a weird story when people were telling me that I said, “come on, get out of here you can’t take the President’s phone this is incomprehensible” but again that Bolton thing confirmed it… I don’t have anything against him but I found it amazing that he was, again, begging for retweets saying “the only way the President is gonna see my article is maybe if it goes viral,” because it has to get past General Kelly, that shows there is some kind of coup going on there.
“Coup is a strong word,” Marlow responded, adding “but it’s very hard to argue against it at this point.”
You can listen to the interview below, and as Right Wing Watch conclude: “Cernovich’s appearance both demonstrated that Breitbart intends to deliver on its promise to fight against ‘Javanka’ administration officials that it fears jeopardize the Trump agenda, and provided Cernovich with the validation as a legitimate journalist that he so craves.”