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Trump Campaign CEO Called Paul Ryan “The Enemy” — And I Know How That Feels

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:00 pm

As we all know by now, Donald Trump today quintupled down on his antagonism toward Paul Ryan. Trump is back in his element: attacking Republicans. It’s what he does best. And The Hill reports that his right-hand man, campaign CEO Steve Bannon (formerly of once called for the political destruction of Paul Ryan:

On editorial conference calls, the Breitbart chairman would often say “Paul Ryan is the enemy,” according to a source who worked with Bannon at the news organization.

In December 2015, weeks after Ryan became Speaker, Bannon wrote in an internal Breitbart email obtained by The Hill that the “long game” for his news site was for Ryan to be “gone” by the spring.

. . . .

Bannon’s disregard for Ryan has been recorded in other reports, but this is the first time emails have emerged that showed him setting a timeframe for trying to get rid of the Speaker.

Bannon is now giving Trump advice as his campaign CEO.

A brief personal note: I know how Paul Ryan feels when Steve Bannon calls him “the enemy.” Steve Bannon once used those exact words about me.

I have told this story in more detail before, but in brief, I once criticized the Breitbart Web site for attempting to paper over a mistake and pretend it had never happened, rather than forthrightly acknowledging it. The next day, one of the staffers at Breitbart told me the following. I’ll remove some letters from the curse words . . . but they were not removed in the version of the message I received:

I was told by Bannon — with Larry listening — to tell you, from them
F**k you, go f**k yourself — you’re the enemy and a backstabber
And you’re dead to them
that’s a quote — and I was told to go tell you

Bannon at the time was the executive chairman of Breitbart News, and “Larry” is Larry Solov, the site’s co-founder.

So: having been the target of a screaming Steve Bannon rant myself, I can empathize with Paul Ryan.

Getting back to the Hill piece, I think my favorite part of the article is this passage:

“Bannon has Alex Jones-level paranoia about Paul Ryan,” the source said, referring to the right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist who runs the pro-Trump website Infowars.

“He goes on these amazing rants,” the source added of Bannon. “He thinks Paul Ryan is part of a conspiracy with George Soros and Paul Singer, in which elitists want to bring one world government.”

If you don’t know who Alex Jones is, by the way, he thinks Hillary Clinton is a demon from hell. And he’s rather passionate about it, as this video attests:

Really, watch the video. I’ve watched it several times. You’ll thank me.

I wonder if that’s what Steve Bannon looks like as he screams at Trump that Paul Ryan is the enemy.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]

57 Responses to “Trump Campaign CEO Called Paul Ryan “The Enemy” — And I Know How That Feels”

  1. Considering all the things Trump voters are willing to sacrifice to stop the enemy they call “Hillary”, perhaps they could be a bit more patient about expanding their set of enemies?

    CayleyGraph (353727)

  2. These are the people that want to run the country. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had nothing on Alex Jones. Hey, do you suppose we ought to wrest the GOP away from these crazy people, by whatever means necessary?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  3. Does Bannon comment here under the name “mg”?

    Beldar (fa637a)

  4. Funny, Beldar. I wish I had his knowledge.

    mg (31009b)

  5. Ryan is a shill for the import of lower wage non-English speaking diseased crimaleins. I am not. Ryan has did nothing to stop the constitutional abuse by his uniparty leader obama.

    mg (31009b)

  6. I want to see if I got the timeline and facts right.

    11 years ago Trump says something laddish, in public, on TV. And don’t bullshit me you lying motherfuckering dreamers of grabbing pussy, every single one of you has said the same or worse, in the same laddish tones.

    Recently, Paul Ryan, despite the resources of the Speaker, was too stupid to find the clip befoe endorsing Trump.

    Now he, and you, are indignant that Trump behaved like every one of you.

    Gutless, cheese eating surrender monkeys, the whole sniveling bunch of you. And worse for Ryan, he is stupid, lazy and incompetent. But you knew that.

    Ah well, Hillary will always have your pussies to grab.

    Fred Z (b0a041)

  7. Next time ryan crosses the aisle, he should stay put.

    mg (31009b)

  8. The chance for Ryan to prove his worth—.— I’m a not holding my breath.

    mg (31009b)

  9. In which circle of hell must you be residing to have Steve Bannon running a website with your name on it?

    Nick M. (d6362a)

  10. Ryan built a fence. A big, beautiful fence. Around his house.

    Pinandpuller (3f76b2)

  11. Alas! I’m just not big enough to have been called an enemy by the Trumpelstiltkins!

    There are lots of stories out there today about more and more Republicans dropping their support for Donald Trump. I am not among their number, because to have dropped my support for Mr Trump, I’d have had to have supported him at some point, and I never did.

    The insignificant Dana (f6a568)

  12. Mr M wrote:

    Hey, do you suppose we ought to wrest the GOP away from these crazy people, by whatever means necessary?

    They don’t have the GOP. A 70-year-old reality show host with huge charisma said most of the right things, and swayed a bunch of very stupid primary voters. He will lose and fade away.

    The insignificant Dana (f6a568)

  13. Don’t remember seeing asdf here before. Don’t recognize spreaker. Not clicking that link.

    John Hitchcock (d19b78)

  14. Ya know, adj Dana, Perry Hood of Lose, Delaware, used to call us all the same type of crap the Trump Idolators are calling us now. Such as traitors to the US, traitors to our kind, etc, etc.

    John Hitchcock (d19b78)

  15. @14 Fair enough. I’m a long-enough time lurker.
    spreaker is an audio sharing service, a la soundcloud.

    disclosure: the man interviewed in the clip works for the Trump campaign.
    but, his take seems to comport with what we know.

    asdf (4227f2)

  16. @15 I wouldn’t call any of you any of those things. with due respect, “useful idiots” seems appropriate.

    asdf (4227f2)

  17. @17 (me)
    I regret my last message.
    I didn’t say anything I don’t believe, but it’s silly to say it here.

    This is your place and you’ve made your stance well known and you’re consistent about it.
    I’ll see myself out for now. I apologize for the insult.


    asdf (17c9ec)

  18. Bannon is a fighter, something team republican has no idea how to do. Quit and concede is team rino’s battle cry.

    mg (31009b)

  19. mg,

    Bannon is scum. He doesn’t fight for anything I want. He fights against American values and he’s losing.

    Alex Jones thinks his species is better. That’s his political view. These are the folks who would have ‘gone nazi’ in the 1930s and 40s, and many Trump fans are too. They take politics too far and many of them have mental problems much as Trump himself does.

    The GOP is done. It may not be ruled by the Alex Jones types, but its hostility to an earnest conservative is so much that it would rather turn things over to them than face the chance of reform. It will always pretend to be fighting the good fight against democrats, but it’s a total lie. The GOP is the democrats and will either run democrat-lite efforts or will crash itself into a wall before it defeats them in any meaningful way. That’s what we learned this year.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  20. I say that the GOP is done even though most GOP voters are good people. Many of the staff are good people, and some of the officeholders are good people. Good people who place their faith in a rigged party because they don’t think there are any other options.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  21. yes yes plus the GOP’s done nothing to address the disgustingly squishy-soft store-bought cookie crisis and they’re gonna pay the price for that this year

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  22. Bannon and Trump are for America.
    Clinton and her ilk are for oblivion.

    mg (31009b)

  23. Alex Marlow has taken over Bannon’s a.m. show on Breitbart radio and is superb. Great way to start the morning.

    mg (31009b)

  24. Trump is as much for America as Blagojevich is.

    John Hitchcock (d19b78)

  25. Perhaps if Herr Trump used Dolchstoßlegende, the German original, it would sound better.

    The Dana who doesn't speak German (f6a568)

  26. if stinkypig can eat your cookie with her teef out

    it too soft

    this is just a helpful guideline

    it means you mixed too many softness molecules all up in it and made something gross and disgusting instead of something tasty and nice

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  27. let us recall when did ryan last take an affirmative stand for us,

    narciso (d1f714)

  28. well mxltplk and sullivan, the one who left steyn in the lurch, are on your side, how does that feel like, a friend of mine, even ran as a write in candidate for senate up there, to illustrate the travismockasham, btw I’m off the island, ahead of the cannibals,

    narciso (d1f714)

  29. paul ryan stands up every time he finishes servicing pervy mitt romney Mr. narciso

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  30. he serves the combine, it’s his right, but lets not pretend it’s out of high principle,

    narciso (d1f714)

  31. so it’s only fair, that a fundamentally transformed alaska’s representatives would behave this way,

    narciso (d1f714)

  32. C’mon, Dustin. Save that stuff for Sally Field.

    Colonel Haiku (f8bfb8)

  33. surprise,

    btw, maverick’s part was no surprise in this, neither was fideloflake,

    narciso (d1f714)

  34. of course ryan is for cve, the hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil school of counter terror,

    narciso (d1f714)

  35. Bannon and Trump are for America.
    Clinton and her ilk are for oblivion.


    That’s what Trump tells you. He is what is known as a ‘con artist’. Trump donated to Hillary, promoted her on national TV, and voted for her, while supporting many other die hard lefty democrats, but he waves his hands around and says don’t worry about that. Meanwhile you guys, who are vigilant in rooting out secret Hillary supporters, are doing all you can to defend Trump from God knows what else this week.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  36. C’mon, Dustin. Save that stuff for Sally Field.

    Colonel Haiku

    That went over my head, much like the BS from the GOP this year.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  37. Dustin,

    Trump steps on his crank.
    Trump Idolators come over here and say “everyone steps on their crank, just like our idol, and if you attack him for it, you’re a paid Hillary shill”.
    Trump steps on his crank again.
    Trump Idolators come over here again and say it again.
    Rinse, repeat.

    John Hitchcock (d19b78)

  38. and now you’re giving her the final promotion, did macho grande teach you nothing,

    narciso (d1f714)

  39. and much of the frameworks discussed therein, are about just this type of molding subjects, or what one would call serfs

    narciso (d1f714)

  40. John, it does get a little tiresome.

    The problem is that it’s hard to come up with a better option. We all know the democrats aren’t the solution to a huge and dysfunctional government. The GOP isn’t either and as I’ve been saying for years, a GOP that doesn’t want to fix this stuff, but absorbs all the votes of those who do, is effectively blocking reform.

    This year is even worse, as Trump isn’t just the democrat-lite. He is a genuinely worse candidate than anything either party has run in my lifetime. The die hard partisans don’t have it in their program to see the GOP presidential candidate as worse than the democrat candidate, because in their heads, the democrat candidate is automatically the maximum evil possible, a threat to the continued existence of the universe, and every election is the most important election ever so we all have to get out the vote. Hillary is quite bad, but just because I agree on that doesn’t mean Trump can’t be worse, which he obviously is.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  41. macho grande teach you nothing,

    You mean the time the guy was paralyzed in fear, the way GOP partisans are always paralyzed in fear?

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  42. no macho grande is my shorthand for delaware, where the dark enchantress was properly dispatched because she had the nerve not to consult her betters, the phony lien, the trumped up ethics complaints, the hrumfing over whether she had one course or two of the oxford extension course,
    and we saw a similar thing, up above the 48 states, where lisa mxtlpk has shown her colors again,
    sullivan was a bit of a surprise, but considering the ambush of mark steyn, not really,

    narciso (d1f714)

  43. I still have a hard time understand the devout Trumpians that think everyone that doesn’t bow at the feet of their orange idol is a Hillary supporter.

    Sean (36ad9a)

  44. Oh noes! Someone is attacking Paul Ryan! What to do???

    Please make it stop!!! We need to get this awful Trump to quit attacking Republicans like Paul Ryan so that the rest of us can go back to our regularly scheduled programming consisting of attacking Mitch McConnell, John Boehner (oh, OK, he was already driven out of office by Republicans), Mitt Romney, and the rest of the GOPe.

    A.S. (23bc66)

  45. narciso, I amazingly knew you were talking about O’donnell somehow. No idea how, but I did.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  46. 40… here you go, Dustin…

    Colonel Haiku (f8bfb8)

  47. C’mon, Sean. Many have a hard time understanding how any lucid person could possibly support Hillary Clinton.

    Colonel Haiku (f8bfb8)

  48. C’mon, Sean. Many have a hard time understanding how any lucid person could possibly support Hillary Clinton.

    Colonel Haiku (f8bfb8) — 10/12/2016 @ 8:22 am

    True, but the absence of support for one individual does not equate to the support of another. But if you insist it does then I’d ask if someone does not support Hillary does that mean they support Trump? What if someone supports neither candidate, do they in fact support both?

    Sean (41ed1e)

  49. 50. I thought Macho Grande was Ted Cruz, but then I only have been following this blog for about 1 year or so.

    On the Sally Field front, Norma Rae would totally be on the Trump Train.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  50. 50… teh “Broken Clock Rule”…

    Colonel Haiku (f8bfb8)

  51. well one of norma rae’s attys, a name you may be familiar with, certainly is,

    narciso (d1f714)

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