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Donald Trump Gives Steve Bannon Insulting New Nickname, Sends Tweeters Into Meltdown

President Donald Trump’s feud with ex-chief strategist Steve Bannon escalated late Thursday when the president bestowed a disparaging nickname upon his former staffer.

Trump heightened his fierce criticism of Bannon for derogatory remarks about the administration reported in Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury, by calling him “Sloppy Steve” via Twitter:

The presidential insult predictably sent people on Twitter into overdrive as the term “Sloppy Steve” trended around the world.

Some chided Trump for childish name-calling, while others compared the smear with other offensive nicknames Trump has dished out to political enemies.

A sampling of the responses are below:

Written by Leigh Brown

Leigh Brown is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served nineteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was the CIA Chief of Base for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and was one of the first Americans to enter Afghanistan in December 2001. Leigh is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group that seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values and interests.

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