(1) Protest in Durham NC:
Scheduled for noon and 4 pm. I’m following live feeds and the anti-protesters seem to have taken over downtown Durham. Not much of a fascist presence. Looks peaceful at the moment — some minor vandalism of base of statue that once had confederate monument. Basically everything postponed until 4 pm.
(2) By the way, this is Infrastructure Week at the White House, but it’s been overshadowed by racism in the Oval Office of the White House. Being Infrastructure Week, this news is particularly embarrassing:
President Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, source says https://t.co/LeKMJ0A3E6 pic.twitter.com/vfalaozsrS
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) August 17, 2017
(3) BREAKING — Bannon Out:
Yup, it’s true. WaPo:
President Trump has decided to dismiss his embattled chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general election victory, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest, according to two people familiar with the move.
Trump had been under mounting pressure to dispatch with Bannon, who many officials view as a political Svengali but who has drawn scorn as a leading internal force encouraging and amplifying the president’s most controversial nationalist impulses.
Bannon told friends on Friday that he expected to soon be informed whether he is being cut loose from the White House, according to multiple people close to him. One of them said Bannon is resigned to that fate, and has said he is determined to continue to advocate for Trump’s agenda on the outside.
“No matter what happens, Steve is a honey badger,” said this person, who like others interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. “Steve’s in a good place. He doesn’t care. He’s going to support the president and push the agenda, whether he’s on the inside or the outside.”
And this has gotta hurt:
Traders on the NYSE floor cheering after NYT reports Bannon’s departure from Trump’s executive office
— Kirsten Chang (@kirstenchang16) August 18, 2017
Not surprising, since Bannon wanted a trade war with China.
But let’s not kid ourselves. Bannon was not pulling the strings on Trump. Trump was weened on rightwing and fake news, email forwards, and general bullshit. Bannon simply was a kindred spirit in ideology. His removal was good in the sense that he was one of the few who could actually put some of the shit into action.
Ouch. “[Bannon] has no projects or responsibilities to hand off.” https://t.co/ySB0iNdk52
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 18, 2017
CNN is saying that Trump was upset with Bannon over his interview but Axios reports that Bannon resigned two weeks ago. Axios is right.
— digby (@digby56) August 18, 2017
This is about Bannon leaking and getting too much attention and the staff turning on him.It’s not about policy. #TrumpisTrump
— digby (@digby56) August 18, 2017
Remember, Bannon was not a party loyalist or even a Trump loyalist. Trump served Bannon’s interest. But Bannon, the ideologue, is unchained, and he has a mouthpiece in Breitbart News. This could get ugly:
a source close to Bannon says “he’s ready to go full Rambo spaceman rocket launcher”
— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) August 18, 2017
Bannon friend says Breitbart ramping up for war against Trump. “It’s now a Democrat White House,” source says.
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) August 18, 2017