It seems like about five years ago — and not exactly one week — when I sat down to write that Trump’s moral abdication, with his “many sides” statement that failed to call out neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, meant that America is essentially functioning without a president. Since then, Trump’s moral compass — which may have never existed — has faltered again and again, and the list of people who on one level or another have abandoned the president just seven months in has ranged from America’s top CEOs to Lionel Richie (hello?) to one-time possible secretary of state Mitt Romney to even a small handful of congressional Republicans who have called out Trump by name, a baby step in the right direction. Some Republican strategists now say they wonder how a Trump presidency can go on like this for another three years and five months.
Welcome to the club.
And that was before Friday’s shocking/not-at-all shocking ouster of top presidential strategist, and the “CEO” of Trump’s 2016 general election campaign, Steve Bannon. Since many people saw Bannon as “the guy behind the guy behind the guy” — Time magazine had even called him “President Bannon” in a cover story — who drove the most incendiary white-nationalist tendencies of the Trump White House, this was supposed to be a huge deal. And yet amid this reality-show presidency where some quirky cast…
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