Steve Bannon, who is President Trump’s former chief strategist, gave a lengthy interview for CBS’ 60 Minutes during which he revealed the Donald’s biggest mistake along with a series of truth-bombs:
“In the forty-eight hours after we won, there’s a fundamental decision that was made . . . you might call it the original sin of the administration . . . We embraced the establishment. I mean, we totally embraced the establishment.”
“Our whole campaign was a little bit the island of misfit toys. So [Trump] looks around and I’m wearin’ my combat jacket, I haven’t shaved, I got — you know, my hair’s down to here, and he says — he’s — he’s thinkin’. ‘Hey, I’ve gotta put together a government. I’ve gotta really staff up somethin’. I need to embrace the establishment.’”
And that was the great mistake. If you listen to the interview, you’ll hear that Jared really pressed the President to reach out to the establishment, as in “we don’t know how to govern”. Even the way Bannon paints the picture, with the “hair down to here” and wearing a military jacket, reveals that Trump’s team felt like political outsiders, even if they’ve pulled off that incredible election win against all odds, stunning the country and the whole world by that matter, not to mention the media/political establishment in Washington.
My God, what do we do now?
And to me, it’s very clear that ultimately they did not believe in themselves. Okay, they believed in the message, in the America First agenda, they believed in their ideas, but not in themselves as individuals, that they themselves could govern. And their instinct was to reach out to the political establishment, also known as the swamp. So instead of draining the swamp from day one, they tried to reach across the isle, they tried to work with the swamp, because “the swamp knows the ways around Washington”, right? Wrong.
Trump and Bannon’s illusion was that the establishment will bend to the will of the American people, they know what they’re doing, they know how Washington works (ultimately “we” don’t, because “we” are outsiders”), and this shows to me a deep and profound insecurity, in Trump and everybody around him (Bannon, Kushner et al).
It’s very clear now that Trump never should’ve reached out to the establishment, and by the way, that explains everything. It explains why Trump didn’t fire James Comey from day one, because he wanted to work with Comey. Also it explains why he trusted McConnell and Ryan in repealing Obamacare. In other words, Trump put the fate of his big America First agenda in their (the swamp) hands. He didn’t want to fight with them, but to work with them. That’s why he didn’t get rid of Reince Priebus in the first place. Trump wanted to get along with the Republican establishment, thinking that they know how to get things done.
And instead, the swamp infiltrated his administration and they’ve been seeking to sabotage it all along since day one.
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