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The Right Reacts to Steve Bannon's Sacking

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Friday, 18 August 2017 07:40 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It was only a few hours after Steve Bannon's sacking as Counselor to the President on Friday that conservative leaders at the state and national level began weighing in on the latest big change in personnel in the White House.

With few exceptions, most on the right who spoke to Newsmax were dismayed and even upset at Bannon's departure. Several warned of a diminished conservative agenda following the exit of the former Breitbart CEO.

Richard Viguerie, direct mail czar and a founding father of the modern conservative movement, spoke for several on the right when he told Newsmax: "It seems that the West Wing is now being run by the liberal Democrats, Gary Cohn, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Generals John Kelly and H.R. McMaster, and the Obama holdovers at the National Security Council have all survived and thrived.

"But the conservatives such as Steve Bannon, [NSC staffers] Derek Harvey, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Rich Higgins, and even the establishment Republicans such as Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, have been run off."

Viguerie recalled how "when Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway joined Donald Trump's campaign, conservatives were electrified — and many who had previously been skeptical were convinced that a Donald Trump administration would be a conservative administration as long as Steve and Kellyanne were at Trump's side.

"As I explained in my book TAKEOVER, personnel is policy, and with few conservatives left in senior positions at the White House, we conservatives are rightly skeptical that Donald Trump's many commitments to us will be fulfilled."

Viguerie's warnings were echoed by conservatives who rode the "Trump Train" last year in key states.

"The resignation of Steven Bannon as Trump's senior advisor is a major blow to the America First movement," declared Western Pennsylvania attorney Marc Scaringi, volunteer organizer for Trump in the Keystone State and national convention delegate.

"Steve Bannon is a brilliant campaign strategist and true patriot. He turned America First from a slogan into a winning campaign strategy and was beginning to turn this country around and for the better."

Scaringi predicted that Bannon's departure would "leave a gaping hole in Trump's inner circle. Now, it's President Trump left nearly alone in the White House to continue the fight, against seemingly overwhelming odds, to 'Make America Great Again.'"

Tom Pauken, former Texas Republican state chairman and Reagan administration official, told us he felt Bannon "was the best strategic thinker in the White House. The left wing is ecstatic. The neocons, Never-Trumpers and Bushies are thrilled. Trump came to Washington to 'drain the swamp,' but wound up having his administration run by people who helped create the swamp."

Bannon's firing, Pauken stressed, was "a huge loss for the president and for conservatives like myself who supported Donald Trump in the primary."

But other prominent conservatives disagreed with the notion that Bannon's firing was fatal to the national conservative agenda.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, pointed out that Trump's commitment to conservative judges, low taxes, deregulation, the second amendment and avoiding wars of choice are longstanding, well-known and have been tested under fire.

"His strong commitment to conservative policies is not the result of any one or two advisors."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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