Controversial White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has been ousted from the Trump Administration, and many Twitter users celebrated by turning #BannonOut into a worldwide trend.
The White House announced on Friday that President Donald Trump and Bannon, the former Brietbart executive chair who admitted that his site was a “platform for the alt-right,” mutually agreed to part. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said in a statement.
Bannon was a controversial figure because of his extremist views and clashed with members of Trump’s White House. In an interview with the American Prospect this week, he admitted, “…The apparatus is going crazy. Don’t get me wrong. It’s like, every day.” He also told the Prospect that white supremacists are a “collection of clowns.”
“Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more,” Bannon said.
Bannon’s departure was celebrated by Trump’s critics. Rosie O’Donnell, who once offered to play Bannon on Saturday Night Live, wrote:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi also issued the following statement:
Others noted that there are still others with extremist views in the White House. Some had very little hope that this would change Trump’s decisions.
Others shared memes and gifs.
Meanwhile, Brietbart writer Joel B. Pollack tweeted “#WAR.” That appears to back-up a tweet from MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid that reads, “Hearing from a source that Bannon is going ugly. Stay tuned…” A Breitbart friend also told Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, “Breitbart ramping up for war against Trump. ‘It’s now a Democrat White House,’ source says.”