From a Politico report by Eliana Johnson on the rupture of Donald Trump’s relationship with his former campaign chairman and his preferred pick for original chief of staff, Steve Bannon:
Since then, however, most of the fights that Bannon has engaged in
have pitted him against the Trump White House. Though he has cast
himself as the ultimate loyalist — an indispensable translator of
the political sentiments of the Trump base — it became
increasingly clear, in recent months, that he and the president
had different interests and that Bannon would, when necessary,
work to thwart the president, and vice versa.
Back at the helm of Breitbart News, for example, he endorsed Roy
Moore in the Alabama Senate primary while the president backed
appointed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange. He blamed the president’s
decision on lobbying efforts by Kushner, whom he privately
referred to as “Fredo,” the traitorous brother of The Godfather.
FUNNY CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story misidentified
the fictional character name Bannon uses to refer to Jared Kushner
as Frodo, a “Lord of the Rings” reference, rather than Fredo, a
reference to “The Godfather.”
It’s hard to overstate the gaping chasm between Frodo — a noble, heroic figure — and Fredo Corleone. Describing Fredo merely as “traitorous” is euphemistic — Fredo was weak, ineffective, oblivious, and stupid, too.
★ Thursday, 4 January 2018