Following the departure of Steve Bannon on Friday, Breitbart senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak warned President Donald Trump that if he lurches to the left and governs like a liberal — like former Republican Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger did after running for office as a conservative — that there would be “war” with the popular populist website.
In an interview on MSNBC’s Meet the Press on Friday, Pollak was asked by host Chuck Todd about a Breitbart article written by Pollak following Bannon’s exit in which he suggests that President Trump “risks becoming Arnold Schwarzenegger 2.0.”
Joel Pollak explained the comparison in his article:
“Like Trump, Schwarzenegger ran for high office as a celebrity outsider, promising to reform a corrupt, wasteful and lethargic political system, reaching across party lines.
When he took office in 2003 as Governor of California, “The Terminator” carried the hopes of conservatives in the Golden State, who saw him as a vehicle for their ideas, even if he was not a doctrinaire conservative himself. The faltering California Republican Party looked to Schwarzenegger to reverse its long-term decline, and Republicans elsewhere saw his success as a model from which they could learn as they courted moderate, swing-state voters.
But after struggling with intense media criticism, and after losing a key referendum on reforms to state government, Schwarzenegger gave up on his agenda, and abandoned the political base that had brought him into office. He re-invented himself as a liberal, embracing policies such as California’s controversial cap-and-trade program, which had zero effect on climate change but has chased businesses, jobs, and middle-class families out of the state.
Whether Breitbart, which was a giddy supporter of Trump during the GOP primary when there were much more conservative choices, like Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the running, ultimately declares war on Trump is up to the President, Pollak told Todd.
“That depends entirely on President Donald Trump,” he said. “If he sticks to the issues on which he was elected — if he fulfills that used to hang on Steve Bannon’s wall in the West Wing — then I think you’ll see positive coverage not just from Breitbart News but from other conservative media outlets,” he explained.
“However, if it this becomes an Arnold Schwarzenegger situation where he swings to the left in an attempt to appease his critics in the media and the Democratic Party, then I think you will see war.”
Just hours after Bannon’s departure was announced, Breitbart News announced that the “populist hero” Stephen K. Bannon returned to his former leadership post and had already “chaired the company’s evening editorial meeting.”
“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow. “Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.”
As Chris Pandolfo wrote in Conservative Review on Friday, with Bannon out at the White House President Trump is surrounded almost entirely by New York liberal elites and Democrats:
The only ones left are liberals.
From the beginning of the Trump presidency, there were three warring factions in the White House, each vying for the president’s favor to push the agenda in their direction.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, along with Gary Cohn and Dina Powell, are the New York liberals President Trump brought with him from the finance world inhabited by Goldman-Sachs. Democrat donors all, they have several allies in the Cabinet, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Joel Pollak’s warning to Trump should be viewed as some tough love. If Trump goes full-on RINO, as Arnold Schwarzenegger did, his presidency will be a total failure just as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s was as governor of California. And obviously, Pollak, Breitbart, and every other supporter of the President want him to succeed for the good of the country.