President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that Steve Bannon’s return to Breitbart after his departure from the White House will provide competition to the “fake news.” Breitbart then went on to attack Ivanka Trump and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
Trump’s daughter and McMaster have been the focus of “hit pieces” from Breitbart before. However, Bannon is now explicitly in charge of the site putting these attacks in a different light. Breitbart’s White House correspondent Charlie Spiering tweeted Friday that Bannon is serving again as the site’s executive chairman and oversaw Friday’s editorial meeting.
The following day on Saturday, Breitbart does what it does on many days and focused on itself, prominently featuring articles on Bannon’s return to the conservative news outlet. Sunday, however, featured two lead stories about McMaster.
The first earlier in the day was “Report: Powerful GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Supports Campaign to Oust McMaster.” This article detailed how major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson reportedly is supporting a campaign against McMaster that claims the national security adviser is anti-Israel.
Later in the day, the lead story on the site was “McMaster Of Disguise: Nat’l Security Adviser Endorsed Book That Advocates Quran-Kissing Apology Ceremonies.” This piece from frequent McMaster critic Aaron Klein said that McMaster endorsed a book that “calls on the U.S. military to respond to any ‘desecrations’ of the Quran by service members with an apology ceremony, and advocates kissing a new copy of the Quran before presenting the Islamic text to the local Muslim public.”
The article went on to say that McMaster has “troubling views” on Islamic terrorism.
The site also published two articles Sunday critical of Ivanka. One of them is an aggregate of a Daily Mail report that claimed Ivanka helped push Bannon out of the White House. Shortly after the story was published, the article received an update that said a White House senior aide stated the Daily Mail report is “totally false.”
Breitbart also wrote a piece that highlighted six times Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner’s displeasure with President Trump had been leaked to the media.
Bannon said in interviews after his departure from the White House that he will use Breitbart to fight for the president’s agenda.
“In many ways, I think I can be more effective fighting from the outside for the agenda President Trump ran on,” Bannon told The New York Times. “And anyone who stands in our way, we will go to war with.”
One person Breitbart continued a war against Sunday was Republican Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, who has been endorsed by President Trump. Strange is currently in a run-off election with former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
Breitbart’s Washington political editor Matt Boyle, who is close with Bannon, wrote about the race Sunday and described Strange as “the Washington establishment backed candidate” who received a “questionable endorsement.”