Steve Bannon Burns Out As Feud Boils Over

The nasty feud between President Trump and one-time trusted adviser Steve Bannon is a no-win battle for the alt-right strategist whose influence in the 2018 midterm elections suddenly seems “more bark than bite,” political analysts told the Herald.

Bannon’s stunning fall from the White House to the doghouse came as excerpts from a new book by journalist Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury,” claimed the Breitbart chairman called the 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Russian operatives “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” and referred to Ivanka Trump as “dumb as a brick.”

Trump has responded in customary fashion — with a combination of tweets, legal action and name-calling. His lawyer slapped Bannon with a cease-and-desist order for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement.

On Twitter, Trump has dubbed Bannon “Sloppy Steve” and labeled him a “leaker.”

“The voters elected Trump and not Bannon,” Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said. “If Bannon thinks the base of the Republican party is going to side with him, he’s the one with the screw loose.”

The Republican establishment is likely letting out a collective sigh of relief, because they had been bracing for Bannon to try to influence key Senate races in Arizona, Tennessee and Florida, O’Connell added.

Read more from Chris Cassidy at the Boston Herald

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