The White House today announced the ouster of Steve Bannon following a tumultuous tenure as chief strategist, with observers suggesting Bannon’s firing will turn Breitbart Media against Trump.
Breitbart, formerly headed by Bannon, has been one of Trump’s most steadfast media allies.
“Bannon, his allies and the site’s staffers have not been subtle about what is likely to happen now,” CNN reports. “Joel Pollak, a senior editor-at-large at Breitbart, tweeted ‘#WAR,’ a reference to the site’s early days and the mission statement of its founder, Andrew Breitbart.”
The report cites a source who recently spoke with Bannon saying the now-former White House chief strategist will not remain quiet.
CNN quotes the source saying: “It will be Bannon the barbarian. He’s not going to go out peacefully.”
The report adds: “Following news of Bannon’s exit, Breitbart started to prepare stories critical of people in the Trump White House, a person at the website told CNN. It’s most likely the site will not — for now at least — directly attack the president, but will focus its fire on people in Trump’s circle who had clashed with Bannon, or who are viewed as Democrats or ‘globalists.'”
There has been widespread speculation that Bannon, who left Breitbart last year to join the Trump campaign, will return to the media site.