Donald Trump’s recently appointed White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon sat down for an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to prove that he wasn’t a xenophobic, violent neo-Nazi and ended up instead proving he’s completely insane.
In the lengthy piece by Michael Wolff, Bannon paints of picture of himself as a person with comic book levels of evil in his heart. If the point was to prove he’s not a bigot, his deranged interview with Wolff shows that he’s a man consumed with power. Like something out of Star Wars. Specifically, the bad guys from Star Wars.
“Darkness is good,” says Bannon, who amid the suits surrounding him at Trump Tower, looks like a graduate student in his T-shirt, open button-down and tatty blue blazer — albeit a 62-year-old graduate student. “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they—“I believe by “they” he means liberals and the media, already promoting calls for his ouster “—get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”
Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. Three villains most people would go out of their way to avoid being compared to. Bannon – consumed with power, unscrupulous and dangerous – sees himself in them. And like his heroes, Bannon once confided in a reporter that his ultimate goal was to destroy society.
“Lenin,” [Bannon] answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”
But Bannon also wanted to stress that he isn’t a “white” nationalist. He’s just a “nationalist.” What’s the distinction?
“I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” he tells me. “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia.”
He promises that under his plans Trump will get “40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote” in the next election. Then, as if to put too fine a point on it, he compared Trump’s rise to Andrew Jackson’s, a man known principally for enacting genocidal legislation on Native Americans that the country found inconvenient.
“Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an entirely new political movement.”
Presumably right after destroying the state. Like Lenin.
For his part, Trump has shown little to no thought about minorities in America when it comes to naming his administration. Bannon ran an anti-Semitic, sexist website. His Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, was once blocked from being a judge after being deemed too racist. His National Security Advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is an unrepentant Islamophobe. All of whom were just endorsed by former KKK leader David Duke who is thrilled, as are many of Trump’s supporters.
Trump, a bone-deep racist counseled by Bannon, a bone-deep racist, nominates Sessions, a bone-deep racist. Supporters are silent or happy. >
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 18, 2016
These are dark times. And Bannon seems to believe that darkness is good.
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