How Steve Bannon led Trump’s 2016 victory but now faces jail

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Steve Bannon, who was arrested on a boat in Long Island Sound Thursday, helped craft Donald Trump’s populist campaign message – to fall out of favor and be charged with allegedly pocketing thousands of dollars from staunch supporters of ‘a border wall.

Bannon was a dark and influential figure in Trump’s campaign in 2016, where the president systematically attacked his main opponents, clashed with the elites of the Republican Party, opposed China and world trade and made a populist appeal to “forgotten” Americans.

He had advised Trump informally before boarding from the conservative Breitbart website, backed by billionaire Rebekah Mercer.

After his stunning election victory over Hillary Clinton, Trump brought Bannon to the White House as chief strategist, where he sketched the first points of Trump’s agenda on a whiteboard.

He fought turf battles and at times forged unexpected partnerships with Trump’s first chief of staff, Reince Preibus, during the chaotic start of the Trump administration.

Steve Bannon, who was arrested on a boat in Long Island Sound Thursday, helped craft Donald Trump’s populist campaign message – to fall from grace and be charged with allegedly pocketing thousands of dollars from staunch supporters of a border wall.

After his stunning election victory over Hillary Clinton, Trump brought Bannon to the White House as chief strategist, where he sketched the first points of Trump’s agenda on a whiteboard (pictured)

He is quoted in Wolff's book calling Ivanka's first daughter `` stupid as a brick. '' He lambasted Ivanka and Jared Kushner in an interview with Vanity Fair in late 2017. `` The leader of all bad decisions is the same leader: Javanka, '' he said. Pictured: Kushner, Ivanka and Bannon in 2017

He is quoted in Wolff’s book calling his first daughter Ivanka “stupid as a brick”. Pictured: Kushner, Ivanka and Bannon in 2017

How it was marketed: This was the GoFundMe originally set up to 'privately fund' a border wall

How it was marketed: This was the GoFundMe initially set up to “privately finance” a border wall

But after it was revealed that he had cooperated with Michael Wolff in his scathing dismantling of Trump, “Fire and Fury,” the president fired him.

Not only had Bannon consented to taped interviews, but he was targeting members of the Trump family, including Donald Trump Jr.

He called the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting on Hillary Clinton’s Dirt attended by Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner as “traitor” and “unpatriotic.”

He predicted to authorities, “They’re going to crack Don Jr. like an egg” – which didn’t happen.

Wolff reported in 2018 that Bannon told investigators, “Even though you thought it wasn’t betrayal, unpatriotic, or bad **, and I think that’s all of it, you should have called the FBI immediately. . “

He is also quoted in Wolff’s book, calling his first daughter Ivanka Trump “stupid as a brick.”

He took a public photo of Ivanka during his ill-fated effort to support Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, even after Moore was accused of preying on teenage girls as an older man.

“There is a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better,” Bannon said after leaving the White House and crossing paths for foreign candidates.

He is also quoted in Wolff’s book, calling his first daughter Ivanka Trump “stupid as a brick.” He also clashed with Kushner and, on CBS ’60 Minutes’ in 2017, called for Jared and Ivanka’s views to be ‘balanced’ by ‘economic nationalists’ in the administration like Peter Navarro and Stephen Miller.

After it was revealed that he had cooperated with Michael Wolff in his scathing dismantling of Trump, `` Fire and Fury, '' the president fired him.

Not only had Bannon consented to taped interviews, he was targeting members of the Trump family, including Donald Trump Jr.

After it was revealed that he had cooperated with Michael Wolff in his scathing dismantling of Trump, “Fire and Fury,” the president fired him. Not only had Bannon consented to taped interviews, but he was targeting members of the Trump family, including Donald Trump Jr.

Ivanka had said earlier, “There is a special place in hell for people preying on children” when shooting Moore, who ultimately lost the race.

Bob Woodward’s Trump book in the White House: “Fear: Trump in the White House,” contains an account of an angry clash between Bannon and Ivanka after an alleged end of race around Priebus.

“You are fucking staff! Bannon yelled at him, Woodward writes. “You walk around this place and act like you’re responsible, and you’re not. You are part of the staff!

She retorted, “I’m not a staff member! I will never be a staff member. I am the first girl.

He also clashed with Kushner and, on CBS ’60 Minutes’ in 2017, called for Jared and Ivanka’s views to be ‘balanced’ by administration ‘economic nationalists’ like Peter. Navarro and Stephen Miller.

He blasted the powerful couple in an interview with Vanity Fair in late 2017. “The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka,” he said.

He scoffed at Kushner, “He doesn’t know anything about Hobbits or Deplorable,” referring to terms adopted by Trump’s staunch support base.

Trump characteristically distanced himself from Bannon after throwing him overboard, although he said he was “a good person.”

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump said at the time. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, but he lost his mind.

Bannon has eclectic interests and has taken an unusual path to power outside of normal channels. He served seven years in the Navy, serving aboard a destroyer. He attended Harvard Business School (pictured) and landed a job at Goldman Sachs

Handcuffs: Steve Bannon was arrested and due to be taken to Manhattan federal court to face a judge for fraud

Handcuffs: Steve Bannon was arrested and due to be taken to Manhattan federal court to face a judge for fraud

Bannon has eclectic interests and has taken an unusual path to power outside of normal channels.

He served seven years in the Navy, serving aboard a destroyer. He attended Harvard Business School and landed a job with Goldman Sachs.

He sometimes appears disheveled in appearances and cultivates a rough image, appearing unshaven and sporting crumpled jackets.

In one of his best preliminary bets, he helped convince a company in a buyout to take a percentage of “Seinfeld” earnings, earning its own percentage on the show’s reruns.

He co-founded Breitbart News, calling it “the platform of the alternative right,” and helped use it to detonate political enemies like the Clintons while strengthening the Tories.

He also looked at Hollywood cinema and made a documentary on Ronald Reagan.

Trump had called Bannon a `` good person '' when he left the White House. Bob Woodward's Trump book in the White House: 'Fear: Trump in the White House', contains an account of an angry clash between Bannon and Ivanka after an alleged final run around Priebus

Trump had called Bannon a “good person” when he left the White House. Bob Woodward’s Trump book in the White House: “Fear: Trump in the White House,” contains an account of an angry clash between Bannon and Ivanka after an alleged final run around Priebus

On the campaign, he had the unusual title of managing director, which reflected his role as a strategist who sought to develop a candidacy based on the historical currents he perceived.

After being in the White House, Bannon was subpoenaed by Special Advocate Robert Mueller investigators who were investigating the Trump campaign’s contacts with the Russians.

He is said to have met them for 20 hours, speaking on several occasions, and his assessments are reflected in the Mueller report.

Trump on Thursday downplayed his contact with Bannon in comments to the White House, downplaying his time as an adviser with an office near the Oval Office – just as he did when he fired him.

“I haven’t dealt with him for a very long time,” Trump told reporters when asked about the indictments – just the latest to bring one of his senior associates into a legal quagmire.

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