The loss of Trump’s chief strategist is a triumph for Jared Kushner and the White House ‘New York’ faction. But that doesn’t mean the end of Bannonism
From the moment Steve Bannon compared himself to Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors and Darth Vader in the Star Wars saga, his demise was perhaps historically preordained. Cromwell fell out of favour with Henry VIII and was beheaded for treason, while Vader was fatally wounded while saving Luke Skywalker from the Emperor’s lightning bolts.
News that the White House’s chief strategist and chief ideologue is the latest to get the chop in what has become a West Wing bloodbath will be cheered by those in America and around the world who saw him as the personification of Donald Trump’s dark and dangerous populism. That came boiling to the surface in last Saturday’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and when Trump failed to condemn the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan who had come to the city to protest against the removal of a Confederate monument.