The Wall Street Journal is hardly a bastion of progressivism. In fact, of the three major newspapers that are regularly reporting on the Trump Administration in a credible fashion from the Beltway, they are easily the most conservative, especially when compared to the Washington Post or the New York Times. However, despite their right-leaning ideology, the good folks at the WSJ are sick and tired of the constant chaos that is roiling the Trump White House. Further, they seem to have a target in mind who is responsible for much of said chaos: White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon.
Now, many argue that it is Trump himself who is responsible for this chaos, but certainly Bannon contributes. After all, this is a man who brought white supremacy mainstream via his post as the head of Breitbart, and then completed that project when he became the head of the Trump campaign going into the fall of 2016. Bannon’s ideology is one of seething anti-establishment, anti-immigrant, and, yes, white supremacist sentiment. One of Bannon’s main goals is the “deconstruction of the administrative state” – in other words, end government as we know it – in order to achieve the all-white state he wants America to be. Obviously, having such a man in a position of high power is dangerous. He is made even more so because of Trump’s malleable personality and non-existent ideology. In other words, the Wall Street Journal is right to be worried about Bannon’s doings in the Trump White House.
In a scathing editorial, they said of Trump’s chief strategist, when it comes to the alt-right’s attacks on National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster:
Rather than question the general’s loyalties, perhaps Mr. Kelly should question Mr. Bannon’s. The former Breitbart publisher has been a White House survivor, but his warring habits have also been responsible for much of the White House dysfunction.”
The paper went on to go after Trump and Bannon’s white supremacist supporters over at Breitbart, and lamented the activities of “the alt-right brigades who seem to rise up as if on call to smite some White House policy opponent of aide Steve Bannon.”
They weren’t done there though, and continued:
Trump may worry about the damage Mr. Bannon and his allies could do to his administration if he is no longer part of the White House team. But if his minions continue to vilify his colleagues inside the White House, how can anyone tell the difference?”
The Wall Street Journal is correct. Bannon needs to go. His influence on Trump is dangerous, and he is causing problems for credible, steady hands like General McMaster. We need these people in place in order to keep us as safe as possible during this chaotic, disgraceful excuse of an administration.
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Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 2 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.