Steve Bannon has had a turbulent past couple of days in wake of his disparaging remarks towards President Trump in a recent tell-all book. It only went downhill from there as he lost the support of many conservatives. With what seems to be no way to revitalize his position within the Republican ranks, Bannon announced he will be stepping down from Breitbart.
The New York Times was first to publish the story of Bannon voluntarily stepping down from his executive chairman position within the right-wing news outlet. Bannon, in a statement released by Breitbart, announced he plans to have a smooth transition.
“Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition,” Breitbart wrote on their site Tuesday evening.
Bannon looks to have come to terms with his decision to leave the company. He stated he was “proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”
Speculation has grown if conservative mega-donor Rebekah Mercer forced Bannon to resign after he made those salacious comments.
When Bannon left his position as an advisor to President Trump in August, he expressed his willingness to continue to help Trump in any way he could.
The relationship between the two men began to deteriorate at a rapid pace after Bannon was heavily quoted numerous times in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury” in which he made negative remarks towards the president and his family members.
One of the most prolific quotes came when Bannon called Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with alleged Russian lawyers “treasonous.” According to CNN, Trump, in turn, responded by telling the media Bannon had “lost his mind.”
When the book was released on Friday, four days ahead of its intended release, Bannon was beginning to feel the pressure with his affiliates.
“I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency,” he said in a statement Sunday night.