Rebekah Mercer Publicly Breaks With Steve Bannon
Billionaires Bob and Rebekah Mercer say they’ve slash Steve Bannon off from the millions that acquire kept him a key player in right-wing politics and in the White House over the final year.
“I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected,” Rebekah Mercer said in a statement Thursday, distancing herself from Bannon following the release of excerpts from a forthcoming book in which Bannon is critical of the president’s son.
“My family and I acquire not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and acquire if no financial support to his political agenda, nor accomplish we support his recent actions and statements.”
But the statement, a rare public one from Rebekah Mercer, leaves a lot to the imagination approximately when and where her family stopped being a benefactor to Bannon’s efforts.
It’s not clear when Mercer and Bannon final spoke, multiple people told BuzzFeed News. What happens next at Breitbart, where the Mercers are major investors, is also unclear.
Bannon allies acquire indicated for months that they were coordinating with the Mercers in selecting the candidates to occupy on Republican incumbents whom they did not consider to be supportive enough of the president’s priorities. Bob Mercer contributed fundraising to two of those candidates final summer: $300,000 to a super PAC boosting Kelli Ward in Arizona and $50,000 to a super PAC helping Chris McDaniel in Mississippi.
After leaving the White House, Bannon reportedly spent five days in Long Island assembly with the Mercers. Even after Bob Mercer stepped down from his hedge fund in section because of the media attention on his connections to Bannon, those close to the former Trump adviser insisted that Rebekah Mercer continued to stay engaged.
And Republican candidates had been wooing Bannon in hopes that his support would translate into financial support from the Mercers. But for most, the endorsement so far meant slight more than name recognition and favorable coverage by the far-right, Bannon-led website Breitbart.
Bannon did create a nonprofit, Citizens of the American Republic, in November to serve as a vehicle for pushing his political agenda, but a source told BuzzFeed News that the group was largely dormant and discussions regarding a detailed website — crucial for fundraising and messaging — never really materialized.
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