The New York Times is reporting that Steve Bannon, Trump’s closest adviser and founder of the white nationalist alt-right movement, may be developing an “enemies list” to keep track of Republicans who defy the Trump White House.
As reported by Slate: “[T]he president’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has no patience for negotiating with Congress and is more comfortable with threats than compromise. The New York Times reports that Bannon kept on pushing President Donald Trump to pressure the health care vote to move forward so that an ‘enemies list’ could be compiled of all those who voted against the measure.”
It appears as though House leader Paul Ryan sought to dissuade Trump from implementing Bannon’s plan, pushing the president to adopt a less vindictive approach. Again, from Slate: “Speaker Paul Ryan repeatedly told the president that making enemies out of fellow Republicans in the House was not the smartest idea considering that he would need them for other pieces of legislation in the future.”
Given that it was Paul Ryan’s job to whip enough Republican votes to get Trumpcare passed in the House, Ryan’s failure to do so was certainly noted by Bannon. Perhaps not coincidentally, Trump recently urged his supporters to watch a Fox News program that demanded Paul Ryan’s resignation. It seems that, due to his Trumpcare failure, Ryan may have earned himself a top spot on Bannon’s enemies list.