Steve Bannon continues to express frustration with former President Donald Trump and some Republicans, more than a month after Trump announced he would run for president again in 2024.
Bannon, a longtime Trump ally who served as White House strategist in 2017, has been critical of his former boss since the midterm elections. During an episode of his War Room podcast, Bannon urged Trump to dwell more on political issues like the massive $1.5 trillion omnibus bill the House approved on Friday.
“You have to get away from the truth [Social]Now I have to engage in those struggles up here because that sets the stage for your second term,” Bannon said.
Bannon also spoke out against Republicans who supported the bill’s passage, saying it would “kill the economy” and calling anyone who voted for it “your political enemy.”
On Monday, Trump targeted what he called the “terrible” bill and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was among his Republican backers.
“The Marxist Democrats must have something really big against Mitch McConnell to get him and some of his friendly ‘Republican’ senators to pass the awful ‘All Democrat, All the Way’ OMINOUS Bill,” Trump posted on Truth Social.
“If the Old Crow had just waited 10 days, the Republican majority in the House of Representatives could have made the ‘ominous’ bill MUCH, MUCH, MUCH BETTER. Just another victory for the Democrats, Mitch, this wouldn’t have happened if “Trump” were President!”
Bannon also took a dig at Trump’s Dec. 15 “big announcement,” which turned out to be a digital trading card collection. The $99 collection of non-fungible tokens (NFT) features the former president’s face photoshopped onto the bodies of others, including Superman and an astronaut.
“I can’t do this anymore,” Bannon said during the podcast that day. “He is one of the greatest presidents in history. But I have to tell you whoever, a business partner and everyone in their communications[unication]s team and everyone else in Mar-a-Lago, and I love the people down there, but we’re at war. You should be fired today.”
This month, Bannon praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for moving “to the right” of Trump, citing DeSantis’ position on the coronavirus vaccine. DeSantis hasn’t announced a formal 2024 White House bid, but several recent polls show he’s beating Trump in a hypothetical matchup.
Bannon’s recent criticism of Trump changes the tone and comes as some Republicans distance themselves from the former president.
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