Stephen K. Bannon left the White House with a frightful howl indeed.
While exiting stage far right on Friday, Mr. Bannon referred to himself as “Bannon the Barbarian” and declared that he was “jacked up” and ready to “crush the opposition.”
In a conversation with Peter J. Boyer of The Weekly Standard, Mr. Bannon said, “I have my hands back on my weapons,” the most important being his conservative website, Breitbart News — a “machine” he promised to “rev up” for what the site’s editor-at-large Joel Pollak described in a hashtag on Twitter as “#War.”
The reported target list included Mr. Trump’s opponents “on Capitol Hill, in the media and in corporate America,” Mr. Bannon told Bloomberg News.
It included Matt Drudge, the founder of The Drudge Report, Mr. Bannon’s ally, Sam Nunberg, told BuzzFeed News. “He bleeds, too,” Mr. Nunberg said of Mr. Drudge.
Breitbart had already been taking on the so-called West Wing globalists with whom Mr. Bannon clashed — the president’s economic adviser Gary Cohn; the national security adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster; senior White House advisers Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, to name a few.