Even staunch allies Steve Bannon and Mike Flynn bash Trump’s trading cards: ‘Make it stop’

Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn
In this Jan. 27, 2017, photo, from left, White House senior advisers Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn are seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington during a meeting between President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Trump administration is playing down the significance of a National Security Council restructuring. But the president is treading new ground in making Bannon a regular at NSC meetings. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Even staunch allies Steve Bannon and Mike Flynn bash Trump’s trading cards: ‘Make it stop’

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They’ve been with him through thick and thin, but even Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn cringed over their onetime boss’s release of the Donald Trump Digital Trading Card collection.

Both men, who have been some of the staunchest allies of former President Donald Trump, argued that whoever advised him to sell the nonfungible tokens, commonly known as NFTs, released Thursday, should lose their job.


“OK, OK, I can’t do this anymore,” an exasperated Bannon said while playing a clip of Trump promoting the digital cards on his War Room show. “He’s one of the greatest presidents in history, but I got to tell you, whoever — what business partner and anybody in the comms team, anybody at Mar-a-Lago, and I love the folks down there, but we’re at war. They ought to be fired today.”

Bannon recoiled alongside former Trump administration deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka and former Trump campaign adviser Steven Cortez. Some of their unease stemmed from a video Trump cut promoting the NFTs.

In the promotional video, Trump mused that he was “hopefully your favorite president of all time, better than Lincoln, better than Washington.”

“Never should have happened. I mean, look, it’s fun. It’s hyperbolic. But whoever wrote that pitch should be fired and should never be involved — I don’t want them making the presidential napkins for Mar-a-Lago,” Gorka declared.

At another point, Bannon reiterated his disdain for the Trump digital cards announcement. Bannon alluded to Trump’s unveiling of a litany of policy proposals to safeguard free speech in the U.S. that came the same day as the digital cards and argued that should have been the former president’s main focus.


“I can’t watch it again. Make it stop,” Bannon bemoaned. “Quite frankly, if they had teased that it was the six-minute video on free speech and getting to destroying the echo system of lies and misrepresentations — that would’ve been huge. But we got this.”

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Flynn was terser.

“Whoever advised him on that, I’d fire them immediately,” he said.

He then turned to his long-running concerns about the decline of Christianity in the United States.

“People are gullible because they are looking for something — why does this even occur if the churches are preaching the Constitution and preaching the Bible and talking about what we need to do to get this country revived again because I’m telling you, Christianity is lost in America.”


Both Flynn and Bannon have stared down legal peril in defense of Trump. In October, Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison and a $6,500 fine for defying a Jan. 6 committee subpoena — something he is appealing. Meanwhile, Flynn has been hauled before investigations such as the Fulton County inquiry for his actions surrounding the 2020 election.


Trump had teased a “MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT,” proclaiming that “AMERICA NEEDS A SUPERHERO” the day before unveiling the NFTs.

The NFTs were priced at $99 a piece and gave patrons the chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a visit with him. The collection has reportedly amassed $4.5 million.

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