Two years ago, an irate Stephen Bannon said in an email that Republican leaders in Congress “are all c**ts.”
Bannon was tapped to lead Donald Trump‘s campaign this week, effectively replacing Paul Manafort whose resignation was announced Friday morning.
Leaked emails from his days stewarding Breitbart appeared Friday afternoon in an article by Daily Beast‘s Betsy Woodruff, and they reveal a man with a coarse, unrestrained antipathy for GOP leadership and a scorched-earth approach to handling conflicts.
Bannon uttered his colorful denunciation of Republican congressional leaders in 2014 after it became clear Breitbart was not invited to a summit of Capitol Hill reporters.
“Leadership are all c**ts,” he wrote. “We should just go buck wild.”
“Let the grassroots turn on the hate because that’s the ONLY thing that will make them do their duty,” he added.
The revelation about Bannon’s emails indicates that Trump’s new campaign manager is unlikely to ameliorate Trump’s at times rocky relationship with Republican leaders in Congress. This includes occassional Trump critics like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was among the 2014 leaders Bannon called a “c**t,” and House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose Trump-esque challenger in the Wisconsin primary Breitbart heavily supported.
[h/t Daily Beast]
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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