The ongoing slap fight between Donald Trump and Stephen Bannon reached some magnificent levels of petty today, as the White House made additional efforts to distance themselves from the Breitbart head honcho.
For your listening enjoyment while you read this post, here is Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” his 2011 hit about doing your best to pretend that your former bae is nbd:
According to Daily Mail White House correspondent Francesca Chambers, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told her today that she was “not aware” that the President and Bannon “were ever particularly close.”
Sarah Sanders, clarifying POTUS' relationship w/Bannon to me: "I'm not aware that they were ever particularly close. I would certainly say they've spoken a few times since [he] left the White House, but it's not like there were regularly scheduled calls or certainly no meetings"
— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) January 4, 2018
Then, another blow: first daughter and much-rumored favorite child Ivanka Trump is no longer following Bannon on Twitter, according to the @TrumpsAlert bot:
IvankaTrump appears to no longer follow @StephenBannon. (This bot cannot tell if this was an unfollow, suspension or block.)
— Trump Alert (@TrumpsAlert) January 4, 2018
Excuse me while I enjoy a nice spoonful of this Schadenfreudelicious sundae.
UPDATE: Rebekah Mercer also doesn’t want Bannon sitting at her table, according to the Washington Post:
Stephen K. Bannon’s main financial backer is formally cutting ties with the former Trump adviser.
In a new statement Thursday, billionaire conservative donor Rebekah Mercer said that she has not spoken to Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, in many months and that she continues to support President Trump.
“I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected,” Mercer said. “My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements.”
🎵"But you didn't have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don't even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough"🎵#Bannon #BannonvsTrump #Trump https://t.co/B5TuQMpDZW
— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) January 4, 2018
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