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Bannon is already going to war — on Trump

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Lyndon B. Johnson, deciding whether to fire FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, famously reasoned that “it’s probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.”

President Trump has made a different choice, opting to fire Stephen K. Bannon, the nationalist envoy of the “alt-right” in the White House. And now Bannon, who only last week was boasting that his rivals within the administration were “wetting themselves,” is on the outside, fly unzipped.

Bannon has returned to Breitbart News, his former haunt and the voice of the white right, and on Tuesday night, when Trump addressed the nation about Afghanistan, Bannon’s Breitbart hit Trump with three unfriendly headlines:

Trump “defends flip-flop in somber speech”

“His McMaster’s voice: Is Trump Afghanistan policy that different from Obama’s?”

“Donald Trump echoes Obama’s ‘Blank Check’ rhetoric in Afghanistan speech”

It was a rhetorical golden shower.

Which way the flow goes now in these early days of the post-Bannon White House could well be determinative — not just for the Trump presidency but for the country as it grapples with a reemergence of white supremacists. Can Trump control the wave of racism he has released? Does he even want to?

Tuesday night brought an encouraging sign. Trump announced a........

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