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Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Steve Bannon has been Trump's right-hand man and, more formally, his chief strategist. Their close relationship made him one of the more influential people in the Trump administration — that is, until this week. Here's a recap of Bannon's lousy week that went from bad to worse in a span of 24 hours:

Monday:

The start of the week was relatively quiet for Bannon. A few things popped up regarding his financial disclosures, but that didn't really hurt him.

Tuesday:

Bannon is "a white supremacist-type person," Rep. Elijah Cummings said on Morning Joe. Though it's not clear how the Trump administration felt about Cummings' comment, later in the week we learned that Bannon's nationalist views reportedly created infighting with Jared Kushner.

45% of people view Bannon unfavorably, according to data from WaPo. That number has steadily increased since February.

Wednesday:

President Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council in a move that made the media go crazy.

Drudge Report bannered the Bannon news for most of the day: "BANNON LOSES POWER IN WHITE HOUSE SHAKEUP."

Trump was reportedly annoyed with the "President Bannon" narrative that emerged from the credit Bannon received for setting Trump's agenda, several associates told NYT. The NYT also pointed out that Bannon's nationalist agenda was hurting Trump.

Bannon reportedly threatened to resign, several outlets noted. "If my talents aren't needed here, I can take them somewhere else."

Damage control: Bannon then claimed the rumors of his threat to resign were all nonsense, telling Axios: "I love a gunfight."

What Bannon allies wanted you to think: Bannon was only put on the NSC to "de-operationalize" it by monitoring Michael Flynn and Susan Rice, so it was "long-planned" to remove him from the committee and his demotion doesn't indicate a shakeup.

Thursday:

Headlines of the day:

  • "The knives are out for Stephen Bannon, and his scam is getting unmasked" —WaPo op-ed
  • "Bye Bye Bannon" —Slate
  • "Steve Bannon Isn't a Genius" —NYT op-ed

We also found out that Trump wasn't a fan of the SNL skit featuring "President Bannon" as the grim reaper.

Friday:

Axios exclusively learned about potential WH shakeups that could include a chief of staff replacement and a resignation from Bannon. A top aide told Mike Allen it's a question of "when" not "whether" the change will come: "The tension, the exhaustion, the raw nerves have gotten much harder to disguise."

Trump tried to fix the Bannon/Kushner relationship and stop "their incessant knife-fights in the media" by overseeing a meeting between the two, NYT reports.

#FireBannon began trending on Twitter late Friday night.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.
Off the Rails

Episode 3: Descent into madness ... Trump: "Sometimes you need a little crazy"

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."