In a Wall Street Journal editorial on Tuesday, Bannon and aide Stephen Miller are described as being detrimental to Trump’s ability to shake off his losing streak.
They are described as being the architects of the strategy of polarization that has characterized Trump’s White House. The editorial board then blames the two for Trump’s “biggest mistakes of the first five weeks,” including the resignation of retired General Michael Flynn and his so-called Muslim ban.
According to the editorial, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon will never be able to produce what both him and the President have promised to the American people. The editorial board also rejected some of Trump’s most publicized declarations, including his aggressive immigration laws, saying that they will ultimately cause a substantial labor shortage and force companies to take their businesses elsewhere.
Republicans are also distancing themselves from the administration as a result of the policies set forth by Bannon and Miller. As the editorial explains, this is the reason that many senators completely abandoned Trump’s first Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder. At this point, even Rep. Darrell Issa has had enough of Trump’s shenanigans and recently called for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia.
Despite all of this, however, the real issue for Trump will be how well he can deliver on the conservative reform agenda and also how well he can deliver on his promises of future economic prosperity within the country.
As such, the editorial begins by stating,
“The paradox is that while Bannonism dominates the media and public debate, the Trump Presidency will rise or fall on whether he can pass a conservative reform agenda through Congress.”
It is also necessary for Trump to make good on his promises to repeal and replace Obamacare, passing a tax cut, and following through with his border wall in order to maintain the support of his base.
However, in order to do so, Trump will need to abandon the polarization that both Bannon and Miller have advocated for in favor of a bipartisan effort to push his agenda through congress.