How did we end up with a president who lies as easily as he breathes? And how did so many voters, supposedly most of them Evangelical Christians, decide that was okay? Those are questions that we may never have good answers for.
Today’s big lie, brought to you by The New York Post, is regarding Trump’s relationship with White Nationalist KKK Platform Provider Steven Bannon, Trump’s Chief Strategist. How well did Trump know him before bringing him on board his campaign? There are two answers to that question, not depending upon whom you ask, but rather depending upon when you ask.
When Trump announced he was hiring Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway back in August, he stated:
“I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win,” Trump said. “I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics, with the experience and expertise needed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and continue to share my message and vision to Make America Great Again. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to win this election, and ultimately become President because our country cannot afford four more years of the failed Obama-Clinton policies which have endangered our financial and physical security.”
However, he told The Post Tuesday:
“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump said. “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.
“Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”
As with many of Trump’s lies, it is not readily discernable why he is lying about his relationship with Bannon. Also, it is easily disprovable. Trump began his relationship with Bannon when he first considered running for president in 2011. They were introduced by mutual friend David Bossie, the president of Citizens United. Although Trump ultimately decided to wait on a run, he stayed in touch with Bannon, even becoming the first interview on Bannon’s radio show. He was a regular guest, appearing nine different times.
Steve Bannon is struggling in his position at the White House. He and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, have been involved in a very public fight. The New York Times reports Bannon finally told Kushner, “Here’s the reason there’s no middle ground. You’re a Democrat.”
The rumor mill has suggested Bannon may be on his way out. He was removed from his position on the National Security Council just last week. Trump’s comments to The Post suggest he has little tolerance left for Bannon. He refused to say that he supported him. It is quite possible Bannon has received so much publicity of late, Trump is feeling jealous. We all know Trump has zero room in his world for anyone to outshine him in the media spotlight.