WHO THE HECK IS PRESIDENT BANNON?
By William Thomas
Just the chief White House strategist and senior counselor, the most influential post in the White House. And this includes a pretend president, who’s only faking it – and that badly – over which Bannon’s bombast apparently takes precedent.
Before becoming the man literally calling the shots for the United States, Bannon worked as executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network, parent company of the far-right website Breitbart News, which under Mr. Bannon became what the Southern Poverty Law Center has called a “white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill.”
Bannon is happy with that, telling Mother Jones that Breitbart has become “the platform for the alt-right” - a loosy-goosy group of mostly young white guys who believe in white supremacy, oppose immigration, women who aren’t cooking or on their backs, multiculturalism, Jews, Muslims and all others who are “other” by spewing outrageous hate on-air and social media.
”To scroll through Breitbart headlines is to come upon a parallel universe where black people do nothing but commit crimes, immigrants rape native-born daughters, and feminists want to castrate all men,” write the editors of the New York Times. “If you don’t find the headlines alarming, check the reader comments.”
In a 2014 email to one of his editors, Bannon advised the Republican leadership to “Let the grassroots turn on the hate” – advice which they acted on.
Bannon’s surprise power shift delights the far right. White nationalist Richard Spencer rejoices that Bannon is in “the best possible position” to influence U.S. policy.
The chairman of the American Nazi Party now says the Donald might be “for ‘real’.”
David Duke, former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, has called Bannon’s unheralded ascendancy, an “excellent” choice, explaining that Bannon is “basically creating the ideological aspects of where we’re going.”
The ultra-right idealogue and former Goldman Sachs banker, calls progressive women “a bunch of dykes” and has proclaimed his goal “to destroy the state” and “bring everything crashing down.” After just eight days in the Oval office Bannon is doing just that.
Bannon, who has described Breitbart as a vehicle of the “anti-establishment” he now heads, has also suggested that conservatives should “bitch-slap the Republican Party” into doing their racist, xenophobic “duty”.
Nine months ago, the soon-to-be top White House Chief Strategist declared that the United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea – “there’s no doubt about that”.
Bannon blasted the People’s Republic – holder of most U.S. debt and that country’s second biggest trading partner – for ”taking their sandbars and making basically stationary aircraft carriers and putting missiles on those.”
Bannon’s description of “their” sandbar islands is thw give-away. This admission is followed by his subsequent unintended acknowledgement of how such threats might be seen in Beijing. “You understand how important face is,” he said before sneering, “and [they] say it’s an ancient territorial sea.”
Silly Chinese! Only the USA is allowed to fortify its own islands, have aircraft carriers and load missiles on them – let alone make ancient territorial claims for say, those sandbars off the North Carolina, Florida and Louisiana coasts.
No wonder that on the day Trump was crowned before a mostly deserted National Mall, an official wrote on the official website of the People’s Liberation Army: “A ‘war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality.”
At the same time, he was predicting atomic Armageddon over China (whose leaders keep saying they would rather just sell stuff), Bannon boasted that the USA will be in another “major” war in the Middle East. Was it Bannon who just put Iran on “official notice”?
No question, it was Stevie who overruled Department of Homeland Security officials after they pointed out that even with Trump’s signature, his executive order did not apply to green card holders.
In his first published interview outside of Breitbart since the electoral college flunked out by electing a “reality" TV show host for president, Steve Bannon listed his idols:"Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power.”
Of his newly installed sock-pocket president, Bannon assured CNN’s edgy viewers, "He gets it; he gets it intuitively. You have probably the greatest orator since William Jennings Bryan.”
Mr. Bryan could not be reached for comment.