Less than 24 hours after being removed from the National Security council, Donald Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon is going after the president’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, calling him a “cuck” and a “globalist” as high tension between the two top aides threatens to send the chaotic White House into civil war.
The fighting between Kushner and Bannon has been “nonstop” in recent weeks, several Trump administration officials told The Daily Beast.
One official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Bannon has lately complained about Kushner trying to “shiv him and push him out the door” and likened him to a fifth column in the White House.
It’s been an “open secret” that Bannon and Kushner often clash “face-to-face,” according to senior officials.
“Steve recently vented to us about Jared being a ‘globalist’ and a ‘cuck’…He actually said ‘cuck,’ as in “cuckservative,’” the administration official told the website.
“Cuckservative,” a portmanteau of “cuckold” and “conservative,” has become a favorite slur on the right, used like a sexually and racially charged version of “RINO,” a Republican In Name Only. “Globalist” is a term typically used by nationalist, pro-Trump right-wingers against political opponents; however, the term has also come under fire for at times carrying anti-Semitic tones. (Kushner is Jewish.)
Bannon is a self-described “nationalist” and long-time Republican, while Kushner was, until his father-in-law ran for president, a lifelong liberal and a Democratic donor.
“There’s a big fight going on,” one senior official said. “It’s all about policy. There’s tension between them on trade, health care, immigration, taxes, terrorism —you name it.”
“Steve thinks Jared is worse than a Democrat, basically,” another official close to Bannon said. “Steve has a very specific vision for what he believes, and what he shares [ideologically] with Trump. And he has for a long time now seen [Jared] as a major obstacle to achieving that.”
Bannon was removed from his post on the National Security Council on Wednesday.
The White House and Bannon did not comment on the report.