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GOP establishment plans to ‘kneecap’ Bannon by taking his money and ‘driving a wedge’ between him and Trump: report

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After Roy Moore’s embarrassing defeat in Alabama, Breitbart executive and erstwhile Trump aide Steve Bannon is entrenching himself in his war against the GOP establishment — and they’re responding in kind.

As the New York Times reports, Bannon’s anger at the more traditional wing of the party simmered just below the surface in a meeting of conservatives at D.C.’s Trump International Hotel following Democrat Doug Jones’ victory over his candidate.

“If we want to win, we need to stop playing footsie with the establishment,” he said, according to three Times sources who attended the meeting. “They’re just going to string you along, pat you on your head, and send you on your way.”

He went on to say that he was “not going to name names,” referencing the Republicans who left Moore — and Bannon — out to dry after woman after woman came forward to allege they had inappropriate relationships with the former Alabama Supreme court chief justice when they were teens and he was in his thirties.

To avoid the factious “spasms” that choked GOP during the reign of the Tea Party, the Times report continued, establishment Republicans “intend to kneecap him before he has the chance to recover.”

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Scott W. Reed, the chief political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (a backbone of the GOP establishment) told the Times that in order to cut Bannon off at the knee, the party must first “dry up his money.” He explained that Republicans are already calling donors around the nation to urge them not to donate to Bannon or his candidates.

“Two is to try and drive a wedge between him and Trump to the point where Trump is questioning him and his judgment,” Reed continued. “You win, you win. You lose, you’re a loser. And that’s what Bannon has to wear around his neck now. A big L.”

Reed and the GOP establishment have their work cut out for him — in an interview with the Times shortly after Moore’s loss, Bannon expressed his intention to play a long game.

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“Revolutions and civil wars take a long time,” Bannon said. “I never said Alabama was going to solve anything.”


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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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