The hashtags #FireKushner and #KeepBannon trended on Twitter late Friday evening into Saturday morning as social media users waded into recent reports that two of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers are warring for influence inside the White House.
Senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, adheres to a traditional, establishment set of political priorities while chief strategist Stephen Bannon represents the populist-conservative base that elected Trump. After Bannon was removed from the National Security Council earlier in the week, reports surfaced Friday alleging that the president was mulling over a White House shakeup that could oust both Bannon and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
“Bannon knows what we are up against. Kushner is a NY elitist liberal democrat with deep Goldman Sachs ties #FireKushner #KeepBannon.”
As the rumors continued to swirl about the warring factions within the White House, thousands of Trump’s supporters and other social media users took sides in the matchup between Kushner and Bannon. Some even blamed the U.S. airstrikes against Syria this week on the “globalist” policies they said Kushner backs.
“We must #KeepBannon & #FireKushner, we voted for America First, not nation building in the Middle East. Period,” tweeted Trump-supporting former BuzzFeed employee Tim Treadstone under his Twitter pseudonym “Baked Alaska.” “Kushner is a traitor to the American people, we have had enough of his globalist agenda influencing our President. #FireKushner.”
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“We need to get #FireKushner trending, guys,” social media star Cassandra Fairbanks tweeted.
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Fairbanks, a former supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid, switched her allegiance to Trump after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton edged Sanders out of the nomination.
“They got one scalp with @GenFlynn, we cannot let them get Bannon too. #FireKushner #KeepBannon,” Fairbanks added, alluding to former national security adviser Gen. Michael T. Flynn’s resignation early in the Trump administration.
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“Bannon: base favorite, enemies don’t like him. Kushner: enemy’s favorite, base doesn’t like him. #FireKushner,” tweeted one social media user.
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“#FireKushner Do it before it’s too late. Fire your progressive son-in-law and his progressive liberal play buddies. @POTUS,” tweeted another.
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“Bannon knows what we are up against. Kushner is a NY elitist liberal democrat with deep Goldman Sachs ties #FireKushner #KeepBannon,” tweeted another.
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As social media users rallied to Bannon and rejected Kushner, still others used the match-up to denounce both Bannon and Trump.
“This is pathetic. I can’t believe we are discussing #FireKushner or #FireBannon. Both are unqualified & unworthy of any position in the WH,” tweeted another person.
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“There is nothing quite as satisfying as seeing the republican party self destruct in front of my eyes. #Fire Kushner #FireBannon,” tweeted another.
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As the rumors of White House shakeups and infighting swirled throughout Friday’s news cycles, Politico reported that Bannon and Kushner met at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Florida this week to work toward smoothing over tensions between them. The New York Times also reported that Trump had ordered his two advisers to “work this out.”
The White House has publicly denied the reports of infighting and impending administration shake-ups.
“Once again this is a completely false story driven by people who want to distract from the success taking place in this administration,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Times Friday. “The President’s pick for the Supreme Court (a decision that has generational impact) was confirmed today, we hosted multiple foreign leaders this week, and the President took bold and decisive military action against Syria last night. The only thing we are shaking up is the way Washington operates as we push the President’s aggressive agenda forward.”