Former White House executive Steve Bannon was not on board with Trump’s choice of former Indiana governor Mike Pence for vice president, privately slamming the pick just a month before he was chosen to head Trump’s campaign, according to a new claim.
According to emails allegedly obtained by BuzzFeed News this week, Bannon saw Pence as a necessary evil that must be endured in order to get establishment Republicans on board. Now, as he rolls out a plan to undermine the efforts of rank-and-file GOP members in the 2018 midterms, the email exchange gains added relevance.
Breitbart’s former technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos wrote an email to Bannon and Breitbart editor Alex Marlow on July 15, 2016, the day Trump chose Pence. “Seems like a bad pick,” writes Yiannopoulos. “Should I tweet something ambivalent about him? People are telling me Trump likely didn’t want this. …What’s our party line on this?”
“This is the price we pay for cruzbots and #nevertrump movement,” Bannon responded. “An unfortunate necessity…very. feel free to do whatever u want. we, as always, will remain above it all.”
Two days later, Yiannopoulos dropped an eye-grabbing story in which he asks the socially conservative Pence to attend a “big gay party for Trump.” Yiannopoulos is gay.
“I’m cool,” wrote Bannon about the story.
“It’s a little mocking but we want to turn the screw,” Yiannopoulos replied.
News that Bannon wasn’t a fan of Pence is unsurprising, as the reason he took to the Trump campaign in the first place was its distance from the establishment.
According to Buzzfeed a spokesperson from Breitbart declined to comment.
Buzzfeed has been found guilty of publishing fake news about Trump in the past, namely the Russian dossier filled with false information. “It could very well be this email exchange never exited,” said Dennis Michael Lynch, CEO of DML News. “Even if it is true, I didn’t like the Pence pick either. So what.”
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