Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the father-and-daughter billionaires who fund right-wing interests like Breitbart, are “distancing themselves” from Steve Bannon amid the former aide’s feud with President Donald Trump over the former’s quotes in a new tell-all book.
As the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday afternoon, Breitbart News Network LLC board members have debated whether or not to oust Bannon, “with many supportive of the move,” a source close to the meeting said.
The board’s considerations, the report continued, include Bannon’s involvement with outside companies, including SiriusXM.
Breitbart staffers told the Journal that their offices had been “chaotic” in the day since Bannon’s interview responses for Michael Wolff’s Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House went public. Many of those staffers, included ones recruited by Bannon himself, wondered “whether he would last the day.”
Earlier on Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Breitbart should “consider” firing Bannon after Trump claimed his former aide had “lost his mind” when he was fired from the administration last year.