Right-wing firebrand Steve Bannon was removed from his post at the head of the Breitbart News
Breitbart CEO Larry Solov said in a statement on the organization’s website: “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
Bannon, in the same post, said he was “proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”
Bannon’s comments enraged Trump, with whom Bannon had occasionally spoken after Bannon was forced out of the White House in August. In a statement last week, Trump said Bannon had “lost his mind” and accused him of being a leaker.
Though Bannon’s circle pushed him to release a statement smoothing over the incident last week, Trump’s came out first, making Bannon’s position in Trumpworld clear. Then, in a rare public statement, Bannon’s wealthy conservative patron Rebekah Mercer said she was cutting ties with him and that her family was no longer supporting his political projects. Mercer had been unhappy with Bannon for some time; according to a source with direct knowledge of her comments, Mercer told people over six weeks ago that she was finished with Bannon.