The former White House Chief Strategist was Trump’s latest ally to turn on the former president after his “major announcement” turned out to be the sale of $99 dollar Trump-superhero NFTs.
“I can’t do this anymore. He’s one of the greatest presidents in history, but I’ve got to 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,” Bannon said on Thursday.
Bannon, who in October was sentenced to four months in jail for two counts of contempt of Congress, lamented the underwhelming announcement on the Right Side Broadcasting Network.
He still supports Trump, and he blamed business partners or comms staff for pushing the idea on the former president who is still dealing with the fallout from a dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes.
Speaking with fellow Trump White House advisors Dr Sebastian Gorka and Steve Cortes, whom he described as three “hardcore” Trump supporters including himself, he said that the NFTs made him look like he wasn’t taking the presidential campaign seriously.
Bannon remains out of prison on appeal after his refusal to comply with a subpoena from the House of Representatives January 6 Committee.
“Whoever wrote that, that pitch, should be fired,” Gorka said on Bannon’s show The War Room. “I don’t want them making the presidential napkins for Mar-a-Lago…anybody who came up with that.”
He added: “If you want to do this kind of stuff, have a peon do it. Get somebody who’s recognized in the MAGA world to, you know, put their face to this thing and do it. But the president should not be involved with this.”
Trump supporters had anticipated a “major announcement” touted by Trump, just weeks after he announced his 2024 campaign on November 15.
The former President has been largely quiet since the midterms, which were unspectacular for the GOP.
Many in the MAGA camp thought that the “major announcement” might be one of Trump’s famous rallies.
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However, it turned out to be a line of his own digital trading cards, costing $99 each with various renderings of the former president from a superhero to a cowboy with a hunting rifle.
“MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!,” he said on Truth Social. “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.”
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.”
The cards enter each purchaser into a raffle where they could win dinner with the former president or a golf trip or a Zoom call with him.
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“Buy one and you will join a very exclusive community,” Trump added.
Joe Biden was quick to mock the former president citing his administration’s perceived win over the past few weeks.
“I had some MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS the last couple of weeks, too…”, Biden said on Twitter.
He then checked off, Inflation’s easing, I just signed the Respect for Marriage Act, We brought Brittney Griner home, Gas prices are lower than a year ago- and 10,000 new high-paying jobs in Arizona.