The left-wing media is enjoying the "palace intrigue" of a Trump-led White House – but there's reason for conservatives to pay attention, too.
CNN is among the media that jumped on the story that Steven Bannon has fallen out of favor with Donald Trump in the midst of a White House in chaos. The comparisons on CNN ran from the Keystone Cops to the Three Stooges, and even the Netflix political drama "House of Cards."
Yet the question being asked – in more polite terms - is if Trump is drifting left as more liberal Republicans gain influence in the White House?
"I think, in a lot of areas, the President has moved to the left or at least is flirting with it," warns Sandy Rios, an American Family Radio talk show host who has been vocally supportive of Trump.
She tells OneNewsNow that the talk of Bannon's demotion is unfounded and what's going on is a normal power struggle within the White House.
If there is any good news, she adds, it's that Trump is still listening to conservative voices on topics such as the GOP-sponsored health care bill.
"He gave Mark Meadows and members of the Freedom Caucus – he has listened and listened and listened," Rios say of Trump. "The bill has moved way to the right, at least toward the Freedom Caucus."
While Rios finds a reason to compliment Trump, National Review writer Kevin Williamson blasted the President – and specifically his supporters – in an April 18 commentary headlined, "Ya Got Took."
Williams, a so-called "Never Trumper" whose writings have castigated Trump, writes:
No fighting China on currency, no wall, no NATO reform. Add a few more items to the list: Janet Yellen was definitely out before she wasn’t; our relationship with Russia was “great” during the campaign but today is a “horrible relationship” that is “at an all-time low” (he may not know about the Cuban missile crisis); the president could not make war on Syria without congressional approval (“big mistake if he does not!”) until he could. The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land.
A vocal supporter of Trump is Pastor Robert Jeffress (pictured above), who defended Trump early in the GOP primary and presently sits on the Evangelical Council of Advisors.
No matter what is happening with issues like health care and tax reform, says Jeffress, Trump has not budged on his stated commitments to social conservatives. The pastor points to an executive order that killed Obama-era funding for Planned Parenthood and his commitment to appoint conservatives to the federal bench.
"I talked with them several weeks ago," Jeffress says. "They are committed to appointing originalists to all of these positions when it comes to the Constitution."