Anthony Scaramucci’s criticism of Steve Bannon on Thursday suggests that the White House is being inhabited by two men at odds with each other. We’ve been hearing for months that Bannon, a nationalist if not quite a white nationalist, was going to be fired by Trump. Bannon is still in the White House, even if much less visible than during the election.
I found the following analysis of Bannon’s and Anthony Scaramucci’s mindsets on Reddit. I think the commenter who wrote it understands the potential for friction between “The Mooch” and “Trump’s Brain,” nicknames given to the men by the press.
Watch the White House closely the for the rest of the summer. There’s so much explosive potential that no one can really predict what’s going to happen.
Scaramucci doesn’t get Bannon and he’s threatened by him.
Scaramucci is a sociopathic climber, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing it’s just what he is. When Trump wasn’t the frontrunner, Scaramucci wasn’t on the train. Now that he is, he’ll ride the train because he thinks it’ll take him somewhere. He’s loyal to exactly zero ideas, he’s loyal to Trump because he thinks it’s going to help him.
Bannon is the opposite. Bannon doesn’t care about Trump or about helping himself. Bannon is in this for the culture war domestically and the civilizational war on a global scale. Trump is a tool he’s using to fight his war. Trump understands this, and accepts it. Trump is fighting the same war.
Scaramucci is a self-serving sociopath, he can’t understand the idea that someone might care about ideas more than themselves. He doesn’t understand Bannon or Trump. He needs Trump, and ideally he’d remove Bannon to be closer to Trump.
There is a reason Trump has Bannon as a strategist, and Scaramucci is just talking to the press. He knows what Scaramucci is and isn’t going to let him get in a position he’s not suited for. This is why he didn’t make him chief of staff.
Spez: This is why Mooch said Bannon was “sucking his own dick, trying to build his brand.” He literally can’t understand Bannon so he tries to frame him in his own terms. Bannon doesn’t give a shit about the Bannon brand. He doesn’t talk to the press, he stays in his office, he looks like a hobo. Bannon is in this because we’re in a civilizational war with Islam and China, and we’re going to lose it unless we win the culture war against the left at home.
Bannon is an American hero. Scaramucci is an untrustable weasel, but he’s good at this job.
In response comes this unflattering portrait of The Mooch:
Mooch’s first pick for president in 2016 was Scott Walker, when people thought he was the front-runner, then Jeb Bush, when people thought it was him. During this time, he openly mocked Trump on tv and said globalization was great, because he thought that was the winning side. He pivoted 180 as soon as Trump became the presumptive nominee, and now acts like he’s fully on the Trump Train. But it’s only because Trump is winning. If Trump looks weak, he’ll be the first to stab him in the back to curry favor with the next winner.
He doesn’t care at all about policy, only winning. Mooch is the cunning businessman side of Trump’s personality, whereas Bannon is the Nationalist ideologue side. Both are necessary for Trump’s success, and Mooch might prove useful as Communications Director to get the message back on track, but the Bannon side is what really matters. With just Mooch, you get Pyrrhic victories that look good in the media but mean nothing. Bannon is interested in fundamentally changing America, through drastic changes in immigration, trade and foreign policy. Mooch is just a salesman.
Smooch the Mooch. Women notice:
Dilbert’s creator approves: