Bannon sloppy with facts and message

January 6, 2018

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.

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Comments 1-44 of 44

  • Don Tobias

    01/09/2018 12:17 PM

    I thought rather highly of Steve Bannon before this! To put it mildly, let's say my opinion has radically changed!

  • Oscar Williams

    01/08/2018 12:58 PM

    Sloppy Steve enjoys -- NEEDS -- the lime-light so much one would think he's been bitten by a TICK! He's publicly THREATENED many elected officials, just to hear applause. He's very insecure, spiritually, and needs approbation to "feel loved". He's really done stupid stuff to get attention, and this is one of the STUPIDEST. So long, Steve. Oh, I see the limelight is getting dimmer...and dimmer......and dimmer.......and....(and yes, I do know how the disease is spelled, but I just couldn't resist).

  • Charles M

    01/08/2018 08:33 AM

    What, no mention of any relationship between Bannon and Gen. Kelly? One can only imagine. ;-)
    Bannon, of all people, should have known what type of person that Wolf character is since seemingly he is a known item (pos) among Coastal Elites and the Swamp Dwellers. Did not Bannon get to read a draft copy before the book was published? If Bannon really is innocent of being a traitor, then he would have been squawking like a molested chicken - nobody signs off on such a book deal knowing the potential consequences, unless that is the purpose.

  • Dianna Huhn

    01/07/2018 11:48 PM

    P.S. You don't have to publish my previous comment.... it was just for you

  • Dianna Huhn

    01/07/2018 11:46 PM

    Could be a brilliant distraction from approaching "storm" The men are friends, Steven and the President... just sayin'

  • Helen Jones

    01/07/2018 02:26 PM

    I love it when The Donald comes up with these nicknames!!!! Some would say it's childish but it certainly gets folks riled up doesn't it? Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

  • Donna W. Hogg

    01/07/2018 12:49 PM

    Read your article; always find what you think and say "right on target" and it is all said without vulgarity. I like that!

  • Vivian Corll

    01/07/2018 12:10 PM

    RE: The President's comment to Kim that he, the President, has a "bigger button" a button that "actually works."
    FROM: Vivian Corll, Ph.D.
    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    I find it amusing that the liberal media has not realized that the President's comment to Kim was an ironical tongue-in-cheek comment. Such tongue-in-cheek humor achieves several objectives. First, holding up Kim's serious threat to subtle humor shows that Trump, still in charge, is not only calling the dictator's bluff, but also diminishing Kim as a leader. Second, Kim has no come-back and cannot save face short of his own nuclear annihilation.

    Thanks for "listening."

    Vivian M. Corll, Ph.D.

  • Randy Plessinger

    01/07/2018 10:39 AM

    I really miss your Guitar sessions on your old FOX program. I also enjoy watching "Snappy Sarah" at the Podium. I definitely feel "Sloppy Steve" fits him perfectly. He never looks sharp in so many ways.

  • Kathy Henrikson

    01/07/2018 07:49 AM

    This is another example of the foul spirits that live among us. They are causing a lot havoc in this sinful world. Our family gives thanks that there are still leaders with integrity like yourself and your daughter. You always give us hope for a brighter future by sharing the "truth". You are in our prayers, keep up the good fight!

  • George L Shetler

    01/07/2018 07:38 AM

    Seems to be less leaking since Bannon was moved on. What an honor for your daughter to be WH spokesman for President Trump, She's tough and not rattled by persistent Fake news media STUPID questions and twisted allegations they try to lay on her during the briefings. God Bless you and your family!

  • James Joseph

    01/06/2018 07:57 PM

    Mike, I have 4 daughters. I can't tell you how many times I have pointed out your daughter Sarah as an example of what I would love my daughters to be. Godly, intelligent, articulate, firm in her faith, making her husband and kids a priority, confident. I am soo impressed. Kudos to you for LIVING your faith in a way that your daughter wants to follow you and your faith. We wrote her a letter at the White House telling her so and I just waned you to know. Great job Governor!!!

  • Patsy Martin

    01/06/2018 06:39 PM

    Bro. Huckabee, you are following, observing, and presenting things pretty much as they are. I appreciate you great insight and directness on any given subject. Enjoy you commentary very much.

  • Paula Harris

    01/06/2018 06:35 PM

    Heck I had 4 kids and 8 grandchildren who don't hang up their clothes. So if the President doesn't either, then why the big deal. I am so sick of the pettiness of the media and folks who have nothing else in their lives to talk about. He is our POTUS and was sworn in almost a year ago, so for pete's sake get over yourselves. I voted for him and for the most part despite Congress, he has been able to get something done. I don't agree with some of his choices and policy but for better or worse (and we have had worse), he IS our President

  • Ray Munn

    01/06/2018 06:29 PM

    Really enjoy your show and newsletter.

  • Susan Dyar

    01/06/2018 06:12 PM

    Thanks Governor. I’ve been waiting for your take on this. Bannon was a fool to get so caught up in his position and ego. Hard to believe he self-destructed as quickly as he did. I know from personal experience, blood is thicker than water, and you never attack another person’s relatives. The majority of the time it’s “suicide.”
    Bannon shot himself in the foot attacking Don Jr and Kushner.

  • Marilyn Mulligan Fischer

    01/06/2018 05:22 PM

    You have a "way with words", too, Mr. Huckabee! And, we "true Patriots", are quite thankful your daughter, Sarah, takes after her father!

  • Jill Jones

    01/06/2018 05:15 PM

    Bannon was kept on because of Brietbart...but Andrew Brietbart would not be the person Bannon is. Sloppy Steve was the main leaker at the WH, and I believe the President made the a decision about the importance of Brietbart News. He probably will watch to see if Brietbart shops Bannon. I am also waiting. If Brietbart keeps Bannon on, they will have lost me as a reader and a supporter. Thank you for the tireless good work you do. I appreciate your newsletters and always come here to get the real story.

  • Jill Jones

    01/06/2018 05:08 PM

    Bannon was kept on because of Brietbart...but Andrew Brietbart would not be the person Bannon is. Sloppy Steve was the main leaker at the WH, and I believe the President made the a decision about the importance of Brietbart News. He probably will watch to see if Brietbart shops Bannon. I am also waiting. If Brietbart keeps Bannon on, they will have lost me as a reader and a supporter. Thank you for the tireless good work you do. I appreciate your newsletters and always come here to get the real story.

  • Velma Ardis Marshall

    01/06/2018 05:05 PM

    Mike - your commentaries are wonderful, and so accurate! You have a terrific way of getting the truth out, and also including humor in your articles. I look forward to reading your comments every day. Also love to see Sarah on Fox News. She also does a great job!

  • Michael Egbert

    01/06/2018 04:22 PM

    I wonder if he accomplished whatever it was he set out to do by all the "leaking"? I have noticed that now that Bannon is out of the White House the leaking no longer seems to be the issue it once was...coincidence? My own instincts about Bannon kept bothering me saying "something about him isn't right". I often found myself wondering why President Trump kept him around....

  • Ann Ault

    01/06/2018 03:12 PM

    "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY!" II Co. 3:17 and John 8:32 "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." SO REFRESHING to read your unbridled TRUTH! You are not an "apologist for living!" You tell it like it is ... unvarnished, with accuracy, truth and ironic humor. Keep up the GOD work! Your fan, Ann

  • Ann Ault

    01/06/2018 03:09 PM

    "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY!" II Co. 3:17 and John 8:32 "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." SO REFRESHING to read your unbridled TRUTH! You are not an "apologist for living!" You tell it like it is ... unvarnished, with accuracy, truth and ironic humor. Keep up the GOD work! Your fan, Ann

  • DAVID W PROFFITT

    01/06/2018 02:23 PM

    Always trust your well measured but courageous commentary. So glad your there for many of us. Your daughter sarah is just as good! Praying for your prptection from the roaring lions.

  • Carol Kirchner

    01/06/2018 02:05 PM

    I believe you are spot on sir. You have it correct! Steve Bannon was the leaker and it was a lot of information that was leaked. I appreciate your commentary . God Bless you in the New Year!

  • Walter Michalk

    01/06/2018 01:51 PM

    Looks like Bannon has over stayed his welcome. We turned to Breitbart for up to date and accurate news and that is the exact opposite of slanted left-wing media like CNN and Yahoo. It is time for Bannon to be dismissed or tens of thousands of loyal Breitbart readers will be forced to seek other outlets for our news.

  • Mike Ryan Sr

    01/06/2018 01:42 PM

    After reading your commentary I wondered who in history was like Bannon.
    At first came Judas. Then came Brutus. But I decided on Benedict Arnold who was a war hero who turned traitor.

  • Sandra Lisella

    01/06/2018 01:42 PM

    I read all of your comments and have for quite some time. So far you have been dead on, at least where I am concerned. Keep up the good work you are appreciated.

  • Bonnie J McCurdy

    01/06/2018 01:30 PM

    Hi Mike,
    I thought Trump was poking fun at the way Bannon looks, always like the kid that no matter how well his mom tries to dress him he always looks disheveled and in disarray. Although his choice of clothing is really ridiculous for a man his age! By the way, I am wondering how much Hillary paid Michael Wollfe to write that book? Love my President Trump! Best President everrrrrrrrr...

  • Don Zimmerman

    01/06/2018 01:28 PM

    Unfortunately, I now firmly believe that "Sloppy Steve Bannon" was responsible for a lot of the leaks that occurred in the White House. I also believe, that Sloppy Steve was buddy , buddy with "Lying Wolf", giving him easy access to the White House. Lying Wolf's book is just packed with nothing but lies. I for one will not be purchasing a total fiction book.

  • Alice Blanton

    01/06/2018 01:26 PM

    I think you are absolutely right! Go Trump!

  • Mike Ryan Sr

    01/06/2018 01:22 PM

    After reading your commentary I wondered who in history was like Bannon.
    At first came Judas. Then came Brutus. But I decided on Benedict Arnold who was a war hero who turned traitor.

  • Barbara Adiletto

    01/06/2018 01:09 PM

    If this is pure slander, then everyone who is misquoted for bad inter should sue the writer.

  • Frank Gilchriest

    01/06/2018 12:56 PM

    Steve Bannon has no loyalty, honor, or
    respect for the faith placed in him by the president. He's a disgrace of a human being bordering on being a traitor. My advice to him would be to go home and to keep his big fat mouth shut. He's irrelevant to MAGA and has zero credibility. Nice try bozo.

  • David Steuber

    01/06/2018 12:56 PM

    One has to wonder about Trump's ability to size people up and make personnel decisions. From Lewandowski to Manafort to Priebus to Flynn to Bannon (and undoubtedly others I can't remember) the longevity of his appointees seems to approximate that of a fruit fly.

    Sessions has been a disappointment as AG. Why did he recuse himself from the investigation of "collusion with the Russians" when his only "offense" (so far as we know) was to meet with a Russian ambassador while he was a U.S. senator? His recusal was almost an admission of guilt.

    Why is Rosenstein still working at a high position in the DOJ? Was wasn't Koskinen let go of as IRS commissioner on day #1 of his administration? These are just a few examples.

    These people aren't his friends. Doesn't he know that?

    A Democrat president would have lost no time in cleaning house. Remember when Bill Clinton asked for the resignation of every U.S. Attorney?

  • carolyn parnelll

    01/06/2018 12:42 PM

    Trump is doing a good Job and Hilary needs to be in prison. I prayed dearing the elections that our God would put would put a Godly man in as president and I believe Trump/Pennce is. Trump catches a lot of you know what. But I truly believe he cares about The Amercian people. I really believe god put him in (and is with him guiding him along this why they cant stop him. )
    I believe this is america last change to get it together and get rid of the librals no moral ways.

  • Kelly Vance

    01/06/2018 12:33 PM

    Mike, Trump is a genius at branding. Little Mario, Low Energy Jeb, Crooked Hillary. I suspect that he brought Bannon in to keep a friendly Breitbart. But Bannon was always an outsider and not to be trusted, and his overblown sense of self importance led him to leak a lot. But at least some of those leaks were disinformation designed to make the media look bad. Still, Bannon used his role badly and not for the good of the country. He wanted to elevate himself beyond his deserved station in life and pride cometh before a fall. He deserves every bit of the ridicule he gets.

  • Dawn DeMarco-Book

    01/06/2018 12:26 PM

    Hi Governor,

    I always read your commentary and appreciate your wit and insight in to the crazy world of Trump Derangement Syndrome! I never knew a lot about Steve Bannon nor do I care to. The comments I have heard him make about Ivanka are absolutely ridiculous. I will continue to surround the President and his family in prayer as I have always done. I am glad our Lord is in control of this madness!

  • Earl Tomlinson

    01/06/2018 12:25 PM

    Bannon did not get his way in the White House nor ultimately with the President. He now knows his influence with Trump is gone, his ability to influence the GOP is greatly diminished and he appears a frustrated and angry guy, despite the big smile. More than any other transgression he showed he has no loyalty other than to himself. He should reside in a dust bin, but time will tell.

  • Suzie Baker

    01/06/2018 12:25 PM

    I am a Trump supporter and I believe that with all that Trump had going against him and then to win like he did...well, to me, that is divine intervention. However, if it is Gods plan for Trump to lead this country, I don't understand why all these roadblocks like the Steve Bannons, keep popping up on a daily basis and keep Trump from doing what is necessary for this country to be great again. The AMericans voted him in to give us back our country. I am thrilled with the tax cuts, but I truly thought that by now he would have accomplished more. As a man of faith, can you tell me your thoughts on why God keeps allowing these distractions? My God is greater than Hillary and all of her cronies, so why hasn't he struck her down yet? We only have three more years to get so much done. The clock is ticking. I am beginning to get a little discouraged.

  • Gleneva Higley

    01/06/2018 12:23 PM

    It is just too bad that if it is true, the book sales are enormous. People seem to like to read about "dirt" even when it is so obviously false.

  • Uwe Gutknecht

    01/06/2018 12:23 PM

    Thank you for your invite on all the issues you present. I always look forward to reading them.

  • Carol Navarra

    01/06/2018 12:20 PM

    Hello Mike Huckabee: It's very sad when a good person, or a person who claims they're on the same side, has to ingratiate themselves with the press to form a dialogue, which results in bad reporting, salacious reporting, or false reporting. Did Steve Bannon actually say the things he's reported to have said, through the fictional writer, Mr. Wolff? If Steve Bannon did not say those things, then he needs to make a reversal of those comments and say exactly what he meant, or what was changed in the dialogue. Steve Bannon claims, on his Twitter page, that what he said was completely taken out of context. It seems Mr. Wolff had plenty to say about other people in his book, such as Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity, which are completely false, as well as even other liberal writers. He's made a book which reads like a fictional novel, as more than half the information is made up, as well as circumstances and people involved in his story telling.
    I would hope Steve Bannon is able to talk with President Trump personally, and let him know about what actually transpired between he and Mr. Wolff, so a lot of this will end. If Steve Bannon was the main leaker, it defies logic as to why.

  • Linda Trammel

    01/06/2018 12:19 PM

    I always enjoy your take on currents news and events. You seem to have "gotten it" and I have always agreed with your comments. Regarding "sloppy Steve" I can look back and see photos of him and how his hair looked and maybe not even shaved and he knew that he was in the public eye. The way a person appears does have some relation to their handling of business. Not saying that a person needs to look like they are about to appear on a popular magazine cover but they can at least comb their hair and shave if they are a man! Too bad that he turned out to be what he is and Trump did not see it at first. But Trump seems to give people second chances before he throws the axe to them.