Steve Bannon Embraced as #TheResistance Continues To Mock Itself

Steve Bannon?! Seriously?

Steve Bannon sure kept some strange company before getting tabbed by #TheResistance.

Washington DC, cable news and social media have been abuzz since getting their hands on excerpts of Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Democrats and NeverTrumpers have watched in glee as juicy details have come to light, featuring Trump Administration insiders savaging President Donald Trump’s intelligence and competence—mental or otherwise.

At the center of the frenzy is former White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, who’s quoted as making several highly critical remarks about President Trump and his family, including an assertion that Ivanka Trump is “dumb as a brick.” However, the excerpt that really has #TheResistance types jumping pertains to the infamous meeting in Trump Towers attended by Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a handful of dastardly Russians. Apparently, Bannon was not impressed:

The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers. Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s***, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.

Bannon went on to predict special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election would ultimately zero in on money laundering.

Russian meddling! Treason! Money laundering! And all from one of the Orange Combover’s closest advisors! You can see why this is all music to the ears of President Trump’s most virulent critics.

Unsurprisingly, MSNBC has been running virtually non-stop coverage of Bannon’s broadsides. Meanwhile, CNN has published several stories with at least two bordering on glowing praise for Breitbart News’ executive chairman (for now). Chris Cillizza trumpeted that Bannon was “100% right about Russia and the Trump campaign” while Errol Louis touted Bannon’s “logical, cold-eyed recognition” of the perils facing Team Trump.

This would be all well and good except the voice of reason they’re breathlessly citing is Steve goddamn Bannon. Y’know, the architect of Breitbart’s rise to far-right—some might say alt-right and for good reason—power. The guy who these same people spent most of 2016 and 2017 denouncing as viciously racist and anti-Semitic. The creep who was first to jump aboard the Roy Moore bandwagon in Alabama and continued actively stumping for him in the face of heinous allegations of sexual impropriety, some of which involved girls who were only teenagers.

This is the person we’re now supposed to believe is a credible voice in the struggle against Donald Trump? That doesn’t strike anyone else as sort of myopic, counterproductive and, well, stupid?

Judging from the speed with which Bannon’s remarks spread through Twitter accounts with donut emojis in their handles, I guess not.

The embrace of Steve Bannon would be more stunning if it didn’t follow a disturbing pattern of anti-Trumpers wrapping their arms around anyone and everyone who has a negative word to say about Donnie regardless of background or sanity.

First, it was Eric Garland, who went viral thanks to all #TheResistance’s brightest minds after he vomited up a Twitter rant about a month after Trump’s 2016 victory. Now, the left’s version of Mike Cernovich is tweeting incoherent ramblings like these, which actually aren’t too different from the one that launched his dumpster fire of a star in the first place.

Next, it was Louise Mensch, who is even less impressive than Garland, a feat that doesn’t seem like it should be possible. This British nutter earned such impressive #Resistance bona fides even mainstream media members were thanking her for her invaluable work covering Russiagate. Then, she claimed Vladimir Putin murdered Andrew Breitbart. After that, she claimed Russia was behind the Black Lives Matter movement and that was that.

Various resisters lionized John McCain for casting a theatrical vote against the Trump-led efforts of the GOP to repeal Obamacare. They overlooked McCain’s opposition was mainly to the mechanics of the repeal effort, not the repeal itself. Not to mention his enthusiastic support for bedrock Republican agenda items like every foreign military engagement of the last 20 years and the blocking of liberal Supreme Court nominees. Jeff Flake got the hero’s treatment for a rousing speech denouncing Trump from the Senate floor…

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After supporting all of the President’s nominees and before voting for the GOP tax reform bill. Sean Spicer was a villainous punchline until he resigned his position, at which point he got invited to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the 2017 Emmy Awards (by Stephen Colbert, no less) where he was suddenly a big hit.

The list goes on and on.

These are not the people around whom you should build a resistance to President Donald Trump, not if you want to retain any iota of credibility. Parasites like Garland and Mensch are as narcissistic, opportunistic and deranged as the man atop the US government. Right-wing operators like Bannon, McCain, Flake and Spicer share the vast majority of Trump’s problematic ideology and only break with him on his comportment, which is bothersome, but nowhere close to the main issue.

Those who cannot stomach the Trump administration definitely should cast a wide net in order to galvanize people of diverse ideologies against an admittedly chaotic and dangerous presidency. That doesn’t mean discretion should be abandoned.

Until #TheResistance learns that lesson, it won’t be taken seriously by anyone outside its ranks.

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