After weeks of “nonstop infighting,” Steve Bannon, an outspoken (white) nationalist, called Jared Kushner a “cuck” and a “globalist” behind his back, according to The Daily Beast. Bannon accused Kushner of trying to push him out of the White House, one official said.
From The Daily Beast:
“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.”
On Wednesday, Politico and The New York Times reported that things had gotten so heated and tense that Bannon was even considering tendering his resignation. Bannon told Politico this was “total nonsense.”
However, it’s clear that Kushner has been expanding his reach and level of influence in Trump’s core circle of advisers, and that the two men are essentially working against one another as they attempt to keep the president’s ear and affections.
“I love a gunfight,” Bannon told his associates and allies yesterday.
Oh, and if you don’t know what a “cuck” is, here’s a quick primer. The term “cuck” is short for a much older term used often by Shakespeare — “cuckold,” which literally refers to a man whose spouse is unfaithful.
During the 2016 election season, the term became a favorite of the alt-right to describe mainstream Republicans who did not support Donald Trump — “cuckservatives” — whom they saw as weak.