Steve Bannon has been all over the news. He took a liberating exit from the White House deciding he could get more accomplished for Donald Trump outside the DC fishbowl that restricted his freedom. His bold assertion: “I cannot take the fight to who we have to take the fight to when I’m an advisor to the president as a federal government employee.” And he has wasted no time since leaving on August 14th. His much talked about ‘Sixty Minutes’ interview with Charlie Rose revealed his ability to summarize facts in lucid terms with no equivocation many found novel given his profuse honesty.
Some of his erudite declarations went something like this: “Hillary Clinton’s not very bright. Everybody says she’s so smart, so much smarter than Donald Trump. … She doesn’t really have a grasp. She doesn’t have a grasp on what’s important and what’s not. And that’s what’s essential in a leader……” A bombshell statement we appreciate hearing. Striking too how embarrassing she is and how detached from reality. She’s a feature onto herself and one clear reason Trump won in 2016.
Another Bannon gem: “The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face.” In other words, they’re virulently anti-Trump. Bannon shared Mitch McConnell’s revealing statement, ‘I don’t want to hear any more of this “drain the swamp” talk.’” A Republican leader claiming there is no swamp. Guess that means things are squeaky clean (certainly for Mitch). Our inclination: get rid of Mitch.
Bannon tell us, “we embraced the establishment because we had to staff a government – the original sin of the administration.” In truth, the sin is the establishment – Trump’s declared enemy. That’s all that needs to be said here.
Another kernel of truth: “I’m a street fighter. And by the way, I think that’s why Donald Trump and I get along so well. Donald Trump’s a fighter. Great counter puncher” (yes, and we appreciate the affirmation).
“I don’t need to be lectured–by a bunch of– by a bunch of limousine liberals, okay, from the Upper East Side of New York and from the Hamptons, okay, about any of this. My lived experience is that.” No conservative cares to be lectured by this vapid crowd of creeps.
“There’s nothing to the Russia investigation. It’s a waste of time. … I think it’s far from conclusive that the Russians had any impact on this election.” It was a distraction to take away Trump’s power and clout. This issue is dead. Tell that to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“I don’t need the affirmation of the mainstream media. I don’t care what they say. They can call me an anti-Semite. They can call me racist. They call me nativist. You can call me anything you want. Okay? As long as we’re driving this agenda for the working men and women of this country, I’m happy.” Bannon is genuinely behind our country and its people.
A final Bannon quote that hit the spot: “I was the last guy to speak [about the Billy Bush Access Hollywood video], and I said, ‘It’s 100%. You have 100% probability of winning. … They don’t care.’” And he was right! The American people didn’t care. Hillary talked about how Trump made her skin crawl during the tense debate. That’s interesting! Her husband’s rape victims were sitting in the audience ogling Hillary. Wouldn’t that make her skin crawl more? And why isn’t she embarrassed?
Bannon kept his dignity throughout the Charlie Rose interview. He was an extremely cool customer. Rose had some tempestuous moments revealing an inability to keep a lid on his liberal disposition. His questions were discordant at times and punctuated by choppy emotion. Bannon’s candor was not for the liberal faint of heart. He was off-putting and together.
Going from Steve Bannon to Eric Bolling sadly disrupts our sensibilities. Bolling is enveloped in a tragic drama. Were it not for that, he would happily cheer on Steve Bannon as a significant player behind Trump’s presidency.
If Eric Bolling had not embarked on a career in media at Fox News and remained as an award-winning commodities trader and financial consultant, would he be embroiled in defending against specious sexual allegations and more to the point, would he be mourning the death of his beloved 19 year old son, Chase Bolling? That’s a question we shouldn’t be forced to ask. We likely already know the answer though not the details. It’s a sad tale that follows a logical trajectory of harassment and accusations, career termination and tragedy. Young Chase Bolling died on the same day his father and FOX “agreed to part ways amicably.” Hard to figure his son’s death as wholly unrelated to the witch hunt foisted on Eric Bolling. We don’t know the facts at this juncture. Those scorned for having conservative views are adding up.
Fox News has suffered from a cluster of sexual accusations that invariably land on a popular conservative talk show host that ends with termination. The left booted Roger Ailes, the real genius behind Fox News, followed by the formidable Bill O’Reilly in a similar manner and is currently hounding Sean Hannity within a rebranded FOX News Channel now run by Rupert Murdoch’s unsavory liberal sons. Some wary FOX talk show hosts still remain while those solidly still-standing are politically imprecise at best. To be sure, no one’s future can feel stable in such an unreliable place where accusations thrive coming from a glut of upset and offended former female colleagues. Mr Bolling’s career was ended based on unsourced alleged inappropriate behavior dug up by a dubious Hillary donor, former Democrat political operative and freelance Huffington Post journalist named Yashar Ali Hedayat who Eric Bolling is suing for 50 million.
The Huffington Post is a far left website begun by Arianna Stasinopoúlou (remember her) who parlayed her thick accented Greek heritage to a well disclosed gay husband, Michael Huffington, who happened to be very rich. Her checkered past tells a story all its own but she’s off limits having moved decidedly from the Republican side to the un-impugned left. Her move hastily staged on her way to California, a place that doesn’t demand principle only the certainty that you’re a bona fide liberal even if you’re not.
Tweeting distasteful allegations with the caption “Bolling in the Gutter” should not have resulted in Bolling’s immediate suspension. The outrage we feel is palpable because Mr Bolling happens to be a nice man who is authentically conservative, a liability in these times. His decency and likability always apparent. We grieve for him though the sad details about his son have yet to be revealed within the auspices of an ethical news source.
Bannon and Bolling are both principled conservative men who express their views openly. Those with the courage to do that know it’s open season on conservatives who are hunted ruthlessly. Bannon moves forward in his fight for freedom and for President Trump.
Bolling mourns and those who respect him mourn with him.