Steve Bannon and Donald Trump were friends before they were enemies and then became friends again. One of the reasons the two men became enemies for a short period of time was revealed this week on the Skullduggery Podcast.
Michael Isikoff took to Twitter to shed some light on the situation just ahead of the podcast episode’s release. Isikoff reported that while Bannon was at the White House, he concluded that Trump suffered from “early-onset dementia.” The former Trump aide told 60 Minutes producer Ira Rosen that it got so bad, Bannon started a push to invoke the 25th Amendment.
While it’s hard to take Bannon’s word for something like this, it is at least what the current YouTuber asserted. Rosen told the podcast he has texts from Bannon to back up the reporting.
Isikoff pointed out the push to invoke the 25th is just one of the many wild stories Rosen has amassed over the years. The tale stands out in large part, because of what’s happened in Washington since January 6, 2021.
Steve Bannon Was The First, But Not The Last
For those who may have forgotten, January 6 was the day Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol. Many in Washington believe the ex-president incited the riot that followed. Not long after Capitol police regained control of the building, Democrats and some Republicans pushed for vice president Mike Pence to invoke the 25th.
While at WH, Steve Bannon concluded Trump was suffering from "early stage dementia" & later started a covert campaign for invoking the 25th A to remove him, veteran @60Minutes producer Ira Rosen tells @dklaidman and me in new @SkullduggeryPod. (Hes got B's texts to back it up.) https://t.co/z3w5UGwBvS
— Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff) February 16, 2021
Pence eventually refused to take the rather severe step of involuntarily removing Trump from office. In part, the vice president cited that the president only had 14 days left of his term. On January 20, Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States.
However, Bannon’s push to remove Trump started much earlier. The former campaign manager departed the White House in August of 2017. His exit came less than a year after his hiring.
During that period of time, Bannon saw enough, according to him, to convince him that Trump was not suited to lead the country.
Behavior a Mystery
Just what Bannon saw from his boss that moved him to take action isn’t known. Publicly the ex-EIC of Breitbart continued voicing support for the president.
He seemingly tried to mend fences. Perhaps to win back the ear of Trump.
It’s also possible that the former White House aide just wants to jump on the “Trump wasn’t fit to lead bandwagon.” There are plenty of Republicans doing just that these days.
Bannon, after all, got what he wanted from the former president. On Trump’s way out the door, he issued a pardon for Bannon. His recently reunited friend was facing jail time for a Ponzi scheme he helped coordinate since leaving the White House.
Bannon and a business partner solicited funds from Trump supporters to help build the border wall. However, the con men pocketed the money and instead bought things like new boats.
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