09 Jan The Wall Street Journal: Steve Bannon leaves Breitbart News following furor over Trump book
WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon lost his patrons, and now he has lost his platform.
The former chief strategist in the Trump White House stepped down as executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network on Tuesday, five days after his longtime political benefactors — billionaires Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, who are also major investors in Breitbart — distanced themselves from him.
“I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform,” Bannon said in a statement. Breitbart Chief Executive Larry Solov said, “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
The changes mark a rapid descent for Bannon, the former Trump campaign chairman who had positioned himself as a mouthpiece for an ascendant wing of economic nationalism within the Republican Party. But his relationship with President Donald Trump quickly unraveled after publication last week of a book, “Fire and Fury,” that focused on the White House.
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