Get out of social truth, focus on political battles

  • Steve Bannon slammed former President Donald Trump on his podcast Friday, Newsweek reported.
  • He said his former boss had to “quit the truth”, referring to social media platform Truth Social.
  • “It’s just not good enough right now,” Bannon said, adding that Trump should focus more on political battles.

Steve Bannon slammed former President Donald Trump on Friday for spending too much time on social media and not enough time on political battles, Newsweek reported.

“You have to quit the truth,” the ex-Trump adviser said, apparently referring to Truth Social, per Newsweek.

Speaking on an episode of his “War Room” podcast, Bannon was discussing negotiations on the “omnibus” spending bill in Congress that, if passed, would fund government agencies until September 30, 2023.

Democrats want to pass a bill worth more than $1.5 trillion by Dec. 16, when current government funding expires, while some Republicans are unhappy with the costs.

Reuters reported that California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the Republican nominee for the next House Speaker, has been pushing for spending cuts. Earlier this week, Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama told reporters that Democrats and Republicans were about $25 billion apart in negotiations, according to Reuters.

Bannon, a former Trump adviser, said the bill would ‘kill the economy’ and suggested it was a political battle his former boss had better focus on instead of wasting his time to post on Truth Social, according to Newsweek.

“President and Mar-a-Lago, you have to improve the game. You have to improve. It’s just not good enough right now,” Bannon said, according to Newsweek. “I hate to be so brutally outspoken, but we are fighting for the country. You have to give up the Truth, engage in these battles here right now because it sets the stage for your second term.”

In a statement to Newsweek, Bannon said Trump should “go all-in to win” by focusing on several conservative priorities.

Insider reached out to Bannon’s podcast team for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

Trump founded Truth Social in October 2021 after being banned from Facebook and Twitter following the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. It was launched in February 2022, and since then the former president has used it to share QAnon posts, peddle false voter fraud claims, and attack the FBI over their search for Mar-a-Lago.


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