Former Trump White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said Thursday that he ‘can’t do this anymore,’ following the ex-commander in chief’s ‘MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT’ turning out to be digital trading cards.
Bannon, who in October was sentenced to four months in prison following his conviction on contempt of Congress charges, reacted to the anticlimactic reveal on his Right Side Broadcasting Network with exasperation.
He flatly admitted that while he considers Trump one of America’s greatest presidents, the digital trading cards were a step too far.
Bannon, speaking with fellow Trump White House advisors Dr. Sebastian Gorka and Steve Cortes on his show ‘The War Room,’ blamed either business partners or comms staffers who Bannon believes pushed these NFTs on Trump.
He commented that ‘you will not find three harder cores’ than he and his two co-hosts, with Bannon – who continues to support Trump – expressing that the NFTs made him look like he’s not taking the run seriously.
The former Breitbart News chairman remains out of prison on appeal after he was sentenced for his defiance of a congressional subpoena from the House January 6th committee.
Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon is the latest ally of the ex-president to turn on him, after Trump teased a ‘MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT’ that turned out to be digital trading cards
Bannon, who in October was sentenced to four months in prison following his conviction on contempt of Congress charges, reacted to the anticlimactic reveal on his Right Side Broadcasting Network with exasperation
Bannon, speaking with fellow Trump White House advisors Dr. Sebastian Gorka and Steve Cortes on his show ‘The War Room,’ blamed either business partners or comms staffers who Bannon believes pushed these NFTs on Trump
The former Breitbart News chairman remains out of prison on appeal after he was sentenced for his defiance of a congressional subpoena from the House January 6th committee
Above is an image of the new Trump digital collectible card
He said: ‘I can’t do this anymore. He’s one of the greatest presidents in history, but I gotta tell you: whoever – what business partner and anybody on the comms team and anybody at Mar-a-Lago – and I love the folks down there – but we’re at war. They oughta be fired today.’
Trump left his supporters on the edge of their seats when he touted a ‘major announcement’ just weeks after he revealed his run for president again in 2024.
Speculation swirled that it could be the announcement of a rally after a pause since the midterms or a move that could upend the Republican primaries.
Despite the anticipation, it turned out to be a line of his own digital trading cards, costing $99 each and featuring him posing as various dreamed-up characters – including Superman and as a cowboy with a hunting rifle.
‘They will be gone, I believe, very quickly!’ Trump wrote on Truth Social, confirming he was joining wife Melania in the NFT game.
‘MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!,’ he said. ‘My official Donald Trump Digital Trading Card collection is here! These limited edition cards feature amazing ART of my Life & Career! Collect all of your favorite Trump Digital Trading Cards, very much like a baseball card, but hopefully much more exciting.’
Two versions of Trump’s trading cards
In a video ad for the cards, Trump began: ‘Hello everyone this is Donald Trump – hopefully your favorite president of all time, better than Lincoln, better than Washington, with an important announcement to make. I’m doing my first official Donald J. Trump NFT collection.’
Each card allegedly enters the purchaser into a raffle where they could score dinner with the former president, a golf trip or a Zoom call with him.
‘Buy one and you will join a very exclusive community,’ Trump said.
President Biden mocked Trump’s ‘major announcement’ that he was selling e-trading cards by touting what he saw as his administration’s wins over the past few weeks.
‘I had some MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS the last couple of weeks, too…’ the president began.
He then ticked off lowering inflation, signing the gay marriage bill, bringing home women’s NBA star Britney Griner from Russia, gas prices being down from one year ago and ‘10,000 new high-paying jobs in Arizona.’
Inflation in November was up 7.1 percent from one year ago, a decline for the fifth straight month, down from a 9.1 percent peak in July. As of Thursday, the average price of a gallon of gas is $3.19. This time last year it was $3.31 – though it spiked to over $5 a gallon over the summer.
Biden also credited his administration for Taiwan semiconductor firm TSMC investing $40 billion to build operations in Phoenix.
Trump’s ‘major announcement’ was a collection of digital trading cards
The release comes as recent polls show Republicans souring on the former president after he portrayed himself as an unserious candidate with a number of recent moves – including dining with Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.
‘AMERICA NEEDS A SUPERHERO!’ Trump said along with a clip posted to Truth Social on Tuesday. ‘I will be making a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT tomorrow. Thank you!’
The clip was a cartoon of himself posing like Superman outside Trump Tower, one of three properties that his legal team had a contractor search in pursuit of additional government material, in part of a Justice Department investigation into a trove of classified documents uncovered at Mar-a-Lago.
That probe is one of multiple challenges Trump is facing on the legal front. Despite a stable of lawyers, a federal judge he appointed in Florida this week finally ended a special master Trump had demanded, after being shot down by an Appeals Court.
Last month the 76-year-old ex-president announced he was running again in 2024, and many had speculated his ‘major announcement’ might be related to his campaign.
Trump has yet to hold a campaign rally since announcing his run, so the tease raised speculation speculation that he could provide an update on his plans to connect with voters as Republicans assess who they want to carry the party banner after the GOP captured the House but lost a seat in the Senate.
Trump got an early jump on 2024 by announcing a run to try to retake the White House – just days after the November elections, when some Republicans blamed the former president for backing candidates like Georgia’s Herschel Walker, who lost.
Now his numbers are starting to slip against DeSantis, the Florida governor.
A new Wall Street Journal poll of likely voters – conducted two years ahead of Election Day 2024 – shows DeSantis in the lead. Among likely primary voters, the poll found that 54 percent favored DeSantis, compared with 38 percent backing Trump.
That lead grows to 30 points among more moderate Republicans, although they tend to be a more marginal force in the primary process.
DeSantis is also viewed more favorably, with 43 percent compared to 36 percent for Trump.
Prominent Republicans came out in droves against the former president’s third run after the party’s lackluster showing in the midterm elections, and even Trump’s staunchest allies have refused to come to his support.
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has included attacks on the former president in his last three weekly press conferences. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy punted on the question on Wednesday.
‘We haven’t talked about that yet,’ he said in a press conference, asked if he planned to endorse Trump after Trump endorsed him for speaker.