Bannon’s Beefs

Even a street fighter needs friends.

“What the f-ck is up with this Mooch stuff,” I asked a close mutual friend of Steve Bannon and Anthony Scaramucci several months ago. “Is this some pro wrestling shit?” The beef was real, he and other mutual friends assured me, which struck me as folly. No one wins. What a waste of time and energy.

The Bannon-Mooch beef was one of many that mutual friends tried to end. Bannon was always getting into it with someone within the White House, which frustrated people during Trump’s first 100 days, as it seemed like nothing was happening.

When talking to sources I heard everything from, “This is unproductive,” to, “Hasn’t Steve watched The Godfather? War is bad for business.” Business was a reference to ending DACA, building the wall, and not allowing the GOP establishment to dictate policy goals.

In April 2017 I reported that a long-time Bannon confidant said, “Steve’s big mistake was not bringing more people into the White House.”

Bannon sees himself as a street fighter. He’s great a starting fights, and less effective at winning friends. In a town like D.C., where “it’s chess boards all the way down,” you need allies.

While Bannon waged war within the White House and isolated himself, Never Trump’ers kept their heads down and employed people who actively seek Trump’s demise. As GOP establishment figures worked together, the barbarians who crashed the White House gates fought pyrrhic turf wars.

Bannon’s identity crisis.

Is Bannon a movement leader? Movement leaders live in golden cages. You get fame, you get long lines to meet you, you get money if you want it. In exchange, the crowd owns you.

People wonder why I don’t troll anymore, and rarely make outrageous comments to get a rise out of people. I was famous for being a “bomb thrower,” and now I play it straight.

Somehow through trolling I became an American icon, and leaders understand that it’s no longer about you. You must ask yourself: How will this behavior impact the movement? Leadership is slavery.

Is Bannon a street fighter?

There’s a lesson every fighter learns , “You come at the king, you best not miss.” In no world does Bannon win a fight against Trump or Don Jr. In no world does anyone win that fight. Although MAGA was an idea long before Trump understood it, today Trump is MAGA, and he and Don Jr. are at the top of the pecking order.

Is Bannon a vassal to the rich?

The Mercers may let you fly on their jets and even hire security to protect you, but they aren’t friend with their servants. The learned Bannon may want to heed Diogenes the Cynic:

Diogenes was knee deep in a stream washing vegetables. Coming up to him, Plato said, “My good Diogenes, if you knew how to pay court to kings, you wouldn’t have to wash vegetables.” “And,” replied Diogenes, “If you knew how to wash vegetables, you wouldn’t have to pay court to kings.”

Bannon will be back.

Bannon views himself as a historical figure. He thinks of himself, as all great men and women should, as simultaneously being protagonist and story teller.

Being removed from the kingdom is a story arc. Trials and troubles and tribulations are what happen in a story, and and it what makes the story engaging for an audience.

Only losers view being down as being out. Even Trump, now calling Bannon “sloppy,” isn’t calling him a loser. Hate Bannon or love him, he’s not going anywhere.

Bannon will be back, though how or when is a story only he can tell.

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Mike Cernovich is a journalist, author, and filmmaker. You can buy his best-selling book Gorilla Mindset worldwide.

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