President Trump has the knack for packing a lot of commentary into just a few words, and his use of nicknames is one preferred tactic. “Crooked Hillary” is right on the money to anyone who’s been paying attention to her exploits over the years; the word “crooked” pretty much says it all. (Of course, now that investigations into the Clinton Foundation and the handling of Hillary’s email case have been opened by the Justice Department, he might want to simply refer to her by her case number.) And now, Steve Bannon has the distinct honor of being renamed “Sloppy Steve.”
“Sloppy” can mean a lot of things. It can mean tossing one’s clothes on the floor, as Trump himself has been accused of doing by trivial fiction writer Michael Wolff. But in calling Bannon “sloppy,” Trump is referring to something much more serious than not hanging up one’s clothes: sloppiness with the facts and the message. Perhaps “Grossly Negligent Steve” –- or at the very least “Extremely Careless Steve” –- would have been just as apt, though perhaps a bit confusing because when we think of gross negligence, we naturally think of Hillary.
Anyone who flaps his lips as much as Steve Bannon obviously does, and who has an ego the size of his enormous mouth, has got to be looked at as a possible source for many of the leaks –- shown to be wrong over and over –- that have come out of the White House. It was reported in the days before Bannon’s departure that Trump himself suspected him of being the leaker-in-chief. And Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show that he, Rush, believes Bannon is responsible for over half of the leaks.
So why was Bannon there in the first place? Rush has an explanation for that, too. It has to do with big-time campaign money from the Mercer family, which once pushed for Bannon’s influence but now has had enough of him and wants him out. Maybe now, a year into the Trump administration, the current staff is getting the picture that the media --- not just the so-called journalists in the Press Room but the so-called writers taking notes for scurrilous books --- are pursuing their own twisted narrative and are not friends any more than a school of hungry piranhas would be. They instinctively swim in the direction of giant egos, towards the prey who's so full of himself he can't resist attracting attention. In this case, that appears to have been Bannon, but there will always be more like him near any seat of power.