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How Steve Bannon led the 2016 Trump victory but is now facing jail


Steve Bannon, arrested on a boat in Long Island Sound Thursday, helped draft Donald Trump's populist campaign message – only to be disgraced and charged, allegedly pocketing thousands of dollars by ardent believers on a border wall to have.

Bannon was a shadowy and influential figure in Trump's 2016 campaign, in which the president systematically pursued his main opponents, clashed with Republican Party elites, opposed China and world trade, and made a populist appeal to "forgotten" Americans.

He had advised Trump informally before stepping on board from the conservative Breitbart website, which was backed by billionaire Rebekah Mercer.

Following his impressive election victory over Hillary Clinton, Trump brought Bannon to the White House as his chief strategist, where he sketched early Trump agenda items on a white board.

In the chaotic beginnings of the Trump administration, he waged internecine battles and sometimes unexpected partnerships with Trump's first chief of staff, Reince Preibus.

Steve Bannon, arrested on a boat in Long Island Sound Thursday, helped draft Donald Trump's populist campaign message – only to be disgraced and charged, allegedly pocketing thousands of dollars by ardent believers on a border wall to have

Following his impressive election victory over Hillary Clinton, Trump brought Bannon to the White House as his chief strategist, where he sketched out early Trump agenda items on a white board (pictured)

He is quoted in Wolff's book in which he describes the first daughter Ivanka as "stupid as a brick". He beat up Ivanka and Jared Kushner in a Vanity Fair interview in late 2017. "The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka," he said. Pictured: Kushner, Ivanka and Bannon in 2017

He is quoted in Wolff's book in which he describes the first daughter Ivanka as "stupid as a brick". He beat up Ivanka and Jared Kushner in a Vanity Fair interview in late 2017. "The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka," he said. Pictured: Kushner, Ivanka and Bannon in 2017

How It Was Marketed: This was the GoFundMe that was originally set up to privately fund a border wall

How It Was Marketed: This was the GoFundMe that was originally set up to privately fund a border wall

But after it became known that he had worked with Michael Wolff on his devastating Trump takedown "Fire and Fury," the president fired him.

In addition to having agreed to conduct interviews, Bannon targeted Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr.

He called the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting over dirt on Hillary Clinton, attended by Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

He predicted to the authorities, "You will crack Don Jr. like an egg" – something that did not happen.

Wolff reported in 2018 that Bannon told investigators, "Even if you thought this wasn't treasonous, unpatriotic, or bad, and I think that's all, you should have called the FBI right away."

He is also quoted in Wolff's book in which he describes the first daughter Ivanka Trump as "stupid as a brick".

He publicly shot Ivanka as he tried to support Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, even after Moore was accused of chasing teenage girls as an older man.

"There's a special place in Hell for Republicans who should know better," Bannon said after leaving the White House looking for outsider candidates.

He is also quoted in Wolff's book in which he describes the first daughter Ivanka Trump as "stupid as a brick". He also clashed with Kushner, calling on CBS & # 39; 60 Minutes & # 39; in 2017 that Jared and Ivanka's views of & # 39; Economic nationalists' being "balanced" in administration such as Peter Navarro and Stephen Miller

After it became known that he had worked with Michael Wolff on his devastating Trump takedown "Fire and Fury", the president fired him

Not only had Bannon agreed to conduct interviews, he also targeted Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr.

After it became known that he had worked with Michael Wolff on his devastating Trump takedown "Fire and Fury", the president fired him. Not only had Bannon agreed to conduct interviews, he also targeted Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr.

Ivanka had previously said, "There's a special place in hell for people who hunt children" when Moore was shot, who ultimately lost the race.

Bob Woodward's Trump White House book, Fear: Trump in the White House, contains an account of an angry clash between Bannon and Ivanka after an alleged final run for Priebus.

"You're a bloody employee!" Bannon yelled at her, writes Woodward. “You go around this place pretending to be responsible and you are not. You are on the staff! & # 39;

She replied, “I'm not an employee! I will never be an employee. I am the first daughter. & # 39;

He also clashed with Kushner, calling on CBS & # 39; 60 Minutes & # 39; in 2017 that Jared and Ivanka's views of & # 39; Economic nationalists' being "balanced" in administration such as Peter Navarro and Stephen Miller.

He blew up the energy couple in a Vanity Fair interview at the end of 2017. "The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka," he said.

He grinned at Kushner, "He doesn't know anything about the hobbits or the lamentable things," referring to terms borrowed from Trump's passionate support base.

Trump characteristically distanced himself from Bannon after throwing him overboard despite saying he was "a good person".

"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency," Trump said at the time. "When he was fired, not only did he lose his job, he also lost his mind."

Bannon has many interests and has taken an unusual route to power outside the normal channels. He served seven years in the Navy and on board a destroyer. He attended Harvard Business School (picture) and got a job at Goldman Sachs

Handcuffed: Steve Bannon was arrested and was due to be brought before a Manhattan federal court to face a judge for fraud

Handcuffed: Steve Bannon was arrested and was due to be brought before a Manhattan federal court to face a judge for fraud

Bannon has many interests and has taken an unusual route to power outside the normal channels.

He served seven years in the Navy and on board a destroyer. He attended Harvard Business School and got a job at Goldman Sachs.

Sometimes he looks disheveled and cultivates a rough image, unshaven and with wrinkled jackets.

One of his best early bets was helping a company get a percentage of the & # 39; Seinfeld & # 39; income during a purchase and making his own percentage on reruns of the show.

He was a co-founder of Breitbart News and called it "the platform for the old right". He helped crush political enemies like the Clintons while building conservatives.

He also worked in Hollywood films and made a documentary about Ronald Reagan.

Trump had called Bannon a "good person" when he left the White House. Bob Woodward's Trump White House book, Fear: Trump in the White House, contains an account of an angry clash between Bannon and Ivanka after an alleged final run for Priebus

Trump had called Bannon a "good person" when he left the White House. Bob Woodward's Trump White House book, Fear: Trump in the White House, contains an account of an angry clash between Bannon and Ivanka after an alleged final run for Priebus

During the campaign, he held the unusual title of Chief Executive Officer, reflecting his role as a strategist seeking to develop a candidacy based on historical currents that he perceived.

After going to the White House, Bannon was summoned by Special Envoy Robert Mueller's investigators, who were investigating Trump campaign contacts with Russians.

He reportedly met with them for 20 hours and spoke several times. His assessments are reflected in the Mueller report.

On Thursday, Trump minimized his contact with Bannon in comments at the White House and downplayed his time as a consultant in an office near the Oval Office – just as he did when he was fired.

"I haven't dealt with him in a very long time," Trump told reporters when he was asked about the charges – only at the latest to bring one of his most important employees into a legal quagmire.

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