Steve Bannon is leaving Breitbart News in the face of major blowback from remarks about the Trump family that he allegedly made. The comments, which appear in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” include referring to Donald Trump, Jr., as “treasonous” and “upatriotic,” and to Ivanka Trump as “dumb as a brick.”
According to the New York Times, Bannon’s exit was engineered by Republican donor Rebekah Mercer, a major contributor to Breitbart. Bannon had served as executive chairman of the network since 2012.
In a story on the Breitbart website, it says that “Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.”
The story also quotes Bannon as saying: “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”
Breitbart CEO Larry Solov said that “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
That’s considerably more complimentary than the comments his other former boss, Donald Trump, has made about him. “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” the President said in a statement last week. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”