Yesterday’s and today’s headlines are reasonably focused on the escalating war of words and legal threats between Donald Trump and his ex-top adviser Steve Bannon. Bannon is rightfully accusing Trump of “treasonous” activities. Trump is making what are most likely empty threats to sue Bannon. Bannon is threatening to countersue. These two creeps are perfect for each other. But it’s drowning out a bigger pattern over the past day which has seen Trump go to war against his own allies in general.
It started today when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, supposedly one of the few people left in the West Wing whom Trump trusts, said that no one will be allowed to bring their personal cellphones and other personal devices around anymore. This is an obvious reaction to the fact that Michael Wolff spent several months wandering around the White House, recording anything he wanted, only to make it into a devastating insider book. So now Trump is punishing his staffers by closing the barn door after the horse has left the stable. But this is just the start.
Trump has already forced former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Katie Walsh out of a job one time. Now that she’s been quoted saying negative things about our orange president and his administration in this new book, he’s attempting to get her fired again, says a Bloomberg report. She is now working at a Republican Super PAC, which isn’t allowed to have any coordination with any candidate or politician. Yet multiple media outlets are now reporting that Trump is really trying to get the Super PAC to fire Walsh, as a punishment for her remarks in the book.
Donald Trump is going straight to punishing Katie Walsh, a woman, even though a large number of his male advisers have said far harsher things about him in this book. But Trump will probably go to Gary Cohn and the others next. He’s declaring war on his own allies, because he cares more about petty personal grudges than he does about succeeding as president, or defeating his true adversaries.