Trump’s way of doing business is so obvious that the simple answer to the above question is a resounding “yes.” They have caused embarrassment for him so they must go. One thing you must know is Trump is not a loyal guy. It’s not how long you have been doing things for him that counts it is what you have done lately. He treats people like pistachio shells.
Poor Sean Spicer committed the most grievous of sins. He apologized for his gaff. You’ve all heard the meaningless expression that became popular a couple of generations ago: “love mean never having to say you are sorry.” That applies in spades to working for Trump: “Being a Trump person means never saying you are sorry.”
Spicer had been having a good run but should have known the knives were under the cloaks of those who found his style in defending the indefensible off-putting. He did well repeating the words he committed to memory by rote in answering questions with his rapid fire delivery. But at times as he was pouring out words he would forget the talking points which he spoke while his brain stayed in neutral and let his tongue run on like a car with a jammed accelerator. So was it that he blundered badly implying that Hitler was not as bad as Assad because he did not use gas against his own people.
The knives quickly flashed calling Spicer a Holocaust Denier and those with brains in the same gear as Spicer’s when he erred repeated the slander without any idea what the term meant. To suggest Spicer was denying Hitler used gas to murder millions of Jews and others is folly. It is part of the current American trend where lies are thrown about as easily as rice at weddings.
This trend is so Russian where anyone who says things in opposition to Putin is labeled a Nazi; or where actions taken by others outside Russia in opposition to Russian policy are said to be fascist inspired. Each side of the debate casts conclusive epithets at the other without having any real understanding of the background of slur.
It’s not only in the hyperbolic stretching of a minor misstatement but also in taking statements out of context. An example of the latter is when AG Sessions spoke about illegal immigrants and called those who join gangs and then rape and murder people as being filth. Many writing about it left out part of it and suggested he referred to all illegal immigrants as filth. That’s another trend but Sessions walked into it. I suggest it is unwise to use the term “filth” against any people no matter how bad.
Spicer sadly misspoke and apologized so soon the hook will come out for him. It will be hard to replace him since the job requires one who is part junk yard dog biting those who demean the leader as the leader watches. Maybe because no on else wants it he may have saved himself.
Bannon’s dire future is seen in the recent interview of Trump by his friend at the NY Post Michael Goodwin. Trump mentally has already pushed Bannon out the door making his role much lesser that it was when he said: “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” The truth is Bannon came along when Trump was in deep trouble in August and pulled his marshmallows out of the fire and directed him to victory.
Trump went on: “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.” True, he won the primaries but the general election was a cat of a different breed. He did change strategies under Bannon and Kellyanne Conway (missing in action lately.)
Trump’s gratuitous denigration of Bannon will not sit well with the proud Bannon. Also, Bannon’s anti-foreigner philosophy suffered a severe blow with the attack on Syria. To paraphrase Tex Tillerson comment on Ukraine: “Why should the American taxpayer care about gassed Syrians?”
Bannon clashed with a person who is instinctively a New York liberal Democrat, Jared Kushner. He’s been told he is no longer king of the hill. Trump may try to hang on to Bannon for show but put him in a less influential position; the question is whether Bannon will take the humiliation of being just another toady. Those who astutely examined the picture of the suits around the table with Trump as he considered attacking Syria might have noticed Kushner sitting at the head table while Bannon and Spicer were positioned right next to the door. It won’t take much to push them out.