Steve Bannon's allies both inside and outside the White House are worried Trump is going to fire him. They're scrambling this afternoon to figure out a way to persuade the president he'd be making a grave mistake. They argue that getting rid of Bannon will cost Trump among his "America First" constituency, and gain nothing among Democrats or the press.
They say Trump's key to victory is to keep his base motivated. And that means keeping Bannon.
Here are the arguments his supporters are making, per one of Bannon's allies in the White House: