Bannon’s Hit Shit List.

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast.

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast.

According to multiple Trump administration officials speaking to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity to talk freely, the president is angry that his first big legislative push is crumbling before his eyes—and his chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon is advising him to take names and keep a hit list of Republicans who worked for Trumpcare’s defeat.

“[Bannon] has told the president to keep a shit list on this,” one official told The Daily Beast. “He wants a running tally of [the Republicans] who want to sink this…Not sure if I’d call it an ‘enemies list,’ per se, but I wouldn’t want to be on it.”

One aide described it as a proposed “hit list” for Republicans not sufficiently loyal. Courses of action stemming from any related tally is yet to be determined, but the idea and message is that “we’ll remember you.”

Two senior Trump administration officials with direct knowledge of the process told The Daily Beast that Bannon and Trump have taken a “you’re either with us or against us” approach at this point, and that Bannon wants the tally of “against” versus “with us” mounted in his so-called West Wing “war room.”

“Burn the boats,” Bannon (in his typical, pugnacious style) advised Trump, according to one official involved. Burning one’s boats is a reference to when military commanders in hostile territories order his or her troops to destroy their own ships, so that they have to win or die trying.

Sources also said that others including Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget and co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, endorsed the idea of the running list, and that Trump agreed with the idea.

The Daily Beast has the full story.


  1. kestrel says

    That is one interesting thing about regressives: they will eat their own young. Not a good survival strategy.

  2. komarov says

    Well, hurrah for pointless infighting. I am reminded of Tolkien’s trolls arguing all night about how they should cook the dwarves. All you have to do is keep them -- the Republicans, not the trolls -- at each others’ throats for … er … four years. Good luck?

  3. AndrewD says

    The problem with this strategy is, when ones opponents know you are using it there is a temptation to get ones retaliation in first.Impeachment anyone…

  4. says


    Looks like the bill failed

    This is just round one. Won’t be the end of it. Right now, all the blame will be shoveled onto Ryan, Trump already said all the blame will go there, and they’ll get busy on extortion and other dirty tricks to get what they want.

  5. says

    Paul D. Ryan, the House speaker, rushed to the White House shortly after noon to tell Mr. Trump he did not have the votes for a repeal bill that had been promised for seven years — since the day President Barack Obama signed his landmark health care act into law.

    Oh my effing gods, look what the Times did -- it’s Mr. Trump all the way through!


  6. blf says

    This (Trump Blames Democrats as Major Push to Repeal Health Law Fails) appears to be the New York Times article mentioned and briefly excerpted in @8. Some other excerpts:

    Mr Trump, in a telephone interview moments after the bill was pulled, blamed Democrats and predicted that they would seek a deal within a year, he asserted, after Obamacare explodes because of high premiums.


    But the effort to win passage had been relentless — and hardly hidden. Vice President Mike Pence and Tom Price, the health secretary, rushed to Capitol Hill for a late appeal to House conservatives, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

    “You can’t pretend and say this is a win for us,” said Representative Mark Walker, Republican of North Carolina […]

    […] Republican leaders doomed the bill by agreeing to eliminate federal standards for the minimum benefits that must be provided by certain health insurance policies.

    “This provision is so cartoonishly malicious that I can picture someone twirling their mustache as they drafted it in their secret capitol lair last night,” said Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts. […]

  7. says

    Trying to get through the tweetstream on the AP’s tweet, holy shit, the gifs run the gamut from the muppets to Hamilton. Going by the few Trumpholes here and there, they are, like the Tiny Tyrant, going to “wait for Obamacare to EXPLODE” next year, or hope there’s a push for a full repeal, no replacement.

  8. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Ah can the Trump frown make up for Koch money? Interesting battle for the billionaires (well, Trump might only be a millionaire).

  9. says


    The Times was being respectful. It was Mr. Tiny-hands in the draft.

    After his recent “I’m president and you’re not” remark, it he sees that, he’s going to tweet the fuck out.

    :falls over laughing:

  10. machintelligence says

    Earlier Spicer: “The president has left everything on the field.” Including his ass.

  11. Kreator says

    And the slaughter of Ryan begins

    Knowing those people, I could picture that becoming literal.
    PS: Also, if the bill had passed it could have been said “And Ryan’s slaughter begins.” Thank goodness it’s not the case for now.

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