Donald Trump vs. the Koch brothers: A major rift – or a stunt staged by Steve Bannon?

Steve Bannon is back, almost – and is likely pulling Trump’s strings in his supposed feud with the Koch brothers.

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The last we heard of Trump’s former “populist” muse Steve Bannon, he was across the Atlantic, plotting with Britain’s recently departed foreign secretary Boris Johnson about plans to challenge Prime Minister Theresa May and enact a “hard Brexit” plan. He’s turned up all over Europe the last few months, talking up far-right politicians and lending his support to anti-immigrant platforms. He’s even started an official nationalist movement which he’s cleverly called “The Movement.

Bannon’s just following through on what many of us assumed was his long-term goal after Donald Trump’s likely defeat in the 2016 presidential election. When Bannon and his team unexpectedly pulled off the win, he was elevated to one of the most powerful jobs on earth and then, months later, was banished for speaking out of turn about the president. That has not stopped him from pursuing his own agenda, which is global “disruption” on a grand scale to usher in the “Fourth Turning,” described by the authors of the book that dramatically shaped Bannon’s thinking this way.



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