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Bannon’s Ouster

If I were a committed Trumper, I’d be worried about the president losing his chief ideologist who had a major role in getting him to the White House. Now, the high-level Trump team is overwhelmingly composed of New York Democrats of various sorts — family and bankers — and impressive, patriotic, but not highly ideological generals. Trump is going to Trump regardless, as we know, but this is a very strange match of a populist/nationalist at the top with a bunch of people who aren’t in sympathy with that worldview around him. Bannon’s departure probably signals that we are entering the phase of the Trump phenomenon when his hard-core supporters argue everything would be going much better if the president weren’t being ill-served and betrayed by all the globalists around him.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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