At today’s exchange rate, 30,000 euros is roughly $31,853. That’s the amount of money trial lawyer Robert Barnes of Chattanooga wagered that President Trump would win the election, traveling to Dublin, Ireland to make his bet. He was paid 4 to 1, $127K and change and with it came some notoriety.
Barnes is back on Fox News with another prediction, that if President Trump continues in what is an apparent slide away from his base, which would be represented more than symbolically by a parting of ways with Mr. Bannon, that it would cost him the presidency.
It’s increasingly becoming a component of the discussion, the President’s apparent shift away from his base. Gone are the promises to “lock her up” and many of his other positions have been “modified, including the pledge that the illegals would have to leave. If they’re not committing violent crimes or in a gang, Trump doesn’t intend to make them get in line with everyone else or give up the American’s job that they’ve stolen. President Trump abandoned General Mike Flynn, attacked the Freedom Caucus, and has loaded his administration up with enemy agenst, the globalists, neocons and even his Democrat son-in-law and his undeclared Democrat daughter.
To that point Barnes wrote in the American Thinker, “Some media suggest that Trump could replace Bannon with Jared Kushner. Jared Kushner is to Steve Bannon what Dan Quayle was to JFK. Barnes’ observations may or may not be correct but they are noteworthy, although Qualye was biker-macho compared to metro sexual girly man Kushner.
Barnes says three rules he highlights in an article in The American Thinker, which MacCallum references, helped to win the election for Trump. No preachy politics, No more dumb war, and No more job-killing deals. He says Bannon’s understanding of those points as well as the multiple adversaries, including the deep state and the media establishment, helped Trump win where most said he couldn’t. He’d be flirting with disaster to show Bannon the door, he says.
In contrasting Kusher and Bannon, Barnes wrote, ” Kushner’s apparent deference to the war-mongering elements of the national-security establishment and the bank-adoring financiers of Wall Street reveals that he suffers from the same delusional understanding of politics and policy that got the GOP so hated by its own base over the last half-decade. Kushner looks to the approval of Goldman Sachs; Bannon looks to the approval of those who hate Goldman Sachs.”
In the discussion with MacCallum, Barnes points to the way Bannon was able to woo working-class northerners from Maine to Minnesota and the five month war to eliminate him as proof that at least his opposition knows how valuable he is.
He calls Bannon the Troy Landry of gator hunters and that Trump can’t give that up without also losing his ability to drain the swamp. He points out that “Right now Steve Bannon is the only voice in the room that represents that [core] constituency, and if he’s relegated, that whole constituency is relegated and traditionally, that does not work out well for presidents, to lose a key part of their base going into their presidencies.”
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