After the White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was fired, a senior Breitbart staffer issued a warning that news organization is very likely to ’help with the President Trump impeachment effort in the administration do not keep its campaign promises.
According to Vanity Fair, a ’high-level’ staffer at Breitbart sent threats that the far-right website is able to ’help Congress impeach President Donald Trump if his administration breaks campaign promises after the firing of the White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
The unidentified staffer told the magazine that, if Trump “deviates too far from the positions he ran on,” then, “We’re prepared to help Paul Ryan rally votes for impeachment.”
Finally, one Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman (Calif.) issued formal articles of impeachment against Trump. Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen made an announcement about his plans of introducing his own series of articles of impeachment as soon as the Congress reconvenes after the August recess.
Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow leaked out to Vanity Fair that Bannon “has a lot of things up his sleeve,”.
Trump said Friday that Bannon was released of his position. Afterwards, multiple outlets reported that Bannon should return to his previous position as the helm of Breitbart News.
Why this is problematic
According to the previous announcements, Bannon has made the site would support Trump and his presidency.
Bannon told Bloomberg on Friday: “If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.”
Breitbart White House correspondent Charlie Spiering announced Bannon’s return to the news organization on Friday, and said, “Steve Bannon returned to Breitbart News as executive chairman of Breitbart News and chaired our evening editorial meeting.”
In a celebratory post on the news outlet, staff proclaimed Bannon as a populist hero and predicted greater heights of glory under his new direction.
“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” Marlow said. “Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.”
“Breitbart’s pace of global expansion will only accelerate with Steve back,” CEO and President Larry Solov said. “The sky’s the limit.”
The greater issue
If staffers are telling the truth to Vanity Fair, it would turn out that Breitbart’s loyalties lie not with Trump, but in his campaign promises.
Conservative author and speaker Ann Coulter raised her concerns about the departure of Bannon in Friday, saying, “STEVE BANNON OUT! Media is the most powerful branch of government.”
In a follow-up interview, Coulter expounded on her comments: “This makes it appear that Trump is easily manipulable by the media. They just need to give all credit to any White House staffer they want to get rid of. I dread to think of who the media decide to get rid of next.”
Conditional support from a large media group like Breitbart could easily sway other right-leaning media, and if Trump loses his conservative media support, mainstream media could further capitalize on the Trump administration’s scandals over the last 200+ days.