In the ongoing debate about who’s actually the President of the United States, there are two frontrunners. Steve Bannon (the odds-on favorite) and Jared Kushner (who has recently been tasked with executing on such “trivial” tasks as “bringing peace to the Middle East” and “reforming the entire central government” simultaneously).
As most readers know, Steve Bannon isn’t a guy who is fond of the prevailing political order. Indeed, he’d burn it to the ground if he could. And that includes anything to do with globalization, progressivism, multiculturalism, etc. Basically anything to do with things that contribute to the advancement of humanity, you can bet Bannon is against.
So it’s perhaps not entirely surprising that he isn’t particularly fond of Jared Kushner who is… how should we put this… “privileged,” and has benefited immensely from societal stability and the existing order.
Well according to at least one report, Bannon had some Alex Jones-ish words for (or at least “about”) Kushner recently as the two clashed in what some have described as a “non-stop” battle for Pennsylvania Ave. supremacy.
Donald Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon has called the president’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner a “cuck” and a “globalist” during a time of high tension between the two top aides, several Trump administration officials told The Daily Beast.
The fighting between Kushner and Bannon has been “nonstop” in recent weeks, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. It’s been an “open secret” that Bannon and Kushner often clash “face-to-face,” according to senior officials.
One official said Bannon has lately complained about Kushner trying to “shiv him and push him out the door” and likened him to a fifth column in the White House.
“[Steve] recently vented to us about Jared being a ‘globalist’ and a ‘cuck’…He actually said ‘cuck,’ as in “cuckservative,’” the administration official told The Daily Beast.
“Cuck,” a portmanteau of “cuckold” and “conservative,” has become a favorite slur on the right, used like a sexually and racially charged version of “RINO,” a Republican In Name Only. “Globalist” is a term typically used by nationalist, pro-Trump right-wingers against political opponents; however, the term has also come under fire for at times carrying anti-Semitic tones. (Kushner is Jewish.)
Bannon is a self-described “nationalist” and long-time Republican, while Kushner was, until his father-in-law ran for president, a lifelong liberal and a Democratic donor.
“There’s a big fight [going on],” one senior official said. “It’s all about policy. There’s tension [between them] on trade, health care, immigration, taxes, [terrorism]—you name it.”
The White House and Bannon did not respond to emails seeking comment.
“Steve thinks Jared is worse than a Democrat, basically,” another official close to Bannon said. “[Steve] has a very specific vision for what he believes, and what he shares [ideologically] with Trump. And he has for a long time now seen [Jared] as a major obstacle to achieving that.”
Well maybe that goes some way toward explaining why Bannon lost his seat on the National Security Council…