Don’t get your hopes up

The news outlets are excited that Bannon may be on his way out. I can’t get all that excited about it, myself – he’s loathsome and he doesn’t belong there times a billion, but it’s not as if his departure will make anything better. It’s all too clear that nothing will make anything better, because Trump is Trump and isn’t going to morph into a reasonable adult devoted to the general welfare.

But anyway, Bannon may be on the We Don’t Like Him Any More list.

In an interview with the New York Post’s Michael Goodwin, Trump seems to push away Bannon.

“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.”

Forget the Bannon part for a second. This is what I mean. This is the president, and he still says things like “crooked Hillary” in public – indeed, to the press. He’s mentally a toddler, and nothing will make anything better.

Bannon has always been a controversial figure, having touted Breitbart as “the platform for the alt-right,” which is closely aligned with white nationalism.

The Trump campaign had difficulty balancing the fact that white nationalism, and white supremacists, were supportive of Trump and the need to push back against them publicly. Trump’s campaign team, even after the election, angrily denied that it had given a boost to racists. But Trump’s campaign and he himself repeatedly (his team says unwittingly) retweeted or used alt-right memes.

It’s interesting – and not in a good way – how the media always call him a white nationalist and almost never mention that he’s also a male nationalist. He hates women at least as much as he hates brown people. It’s interesting how that’s never seen as all that important.

But anyway – whatever. It’s going to go on being horrific with or without Bannon.

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