…who has been unconscious for the past two years.
All Bannon did was put into quotable print what most sentient beings have been saying out loud since Trump went from being a political joke to being a political joke who ran for president.
Remember, as we normalize aberrant behavior, Trump is the man who—
—told two fourteen-year-old girls he’d be dating them in a couple of years,
—endorsed Roy Moore whom he must have used as a role model,
—said a reporter who accused him of sexual assault wasn’t attractive enough to assault,
—advocating murdering terrorists’ families,
—urged supporters to beat up protesters at his rallies.
There’s so much more, but the name calling from his own staff should have come as no surprise to anyone. After all…
Rex Tillerson, his Secretary of State, referred to him as a moron, modifying the word with an increasingly widespread and apt all-purpose modifier;
One report cites National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster as having referred to his boss as an “idiot,” a “dope,” and a man with the intelligence of a “kindergartener”;
CIA Director Mike Pompeo routinely excises text from intelligence briefings, replacing it with graphics so that Trump might understand better. (There’s no evidence of any success);
Senator Bob Corker called the White House an adult daycare center;
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reportedly told another official that “the president of the United States has a 12-second attention span.”
Bannon, in truth, broke very little new ground in his comments in Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury, but he did add some nice touches—like attaching the word treason to Trump Jr. (and by extension the whole campaign) and by claiming that Ivanka Trump is “as dumb as a brick.” (Oops, I meant White House Advisor Ivanka Trump.”)
The internecine warfare in Trump’s White House has been going on since January 2017, and there are times when it’s amusing. But with a world full of hot spots growing hotter, with America facing an infrastructure crisis, and with the disparity between the super wealthy and everybody else widening by the day, America has become an ignorant observer of the world stage, and if the play goes on without us this time, we may never be able to get that role back…if there is a role.