The ultra-right chief executive of the future US president gives insights into his thinking. Trumps “new political movement” could rule 50 years, says Steve Bannon.
The future White House chief executive, Steve Bannon, presented himself in an interview as the champion of a new movement in the US under the designated President Donald Trump. “We will create a completely new political movement,” said the 62-year-old, who is fiercely controversial because of his closeness to the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists and anti-Semites, the “Hollywood Reporter”.
“This is as exciting as in the 1930s, greater than the revolution under (Ronald) Reagan – Conservatives and populists in an economic, national movement,” said Bannon. He compared this movement with that of the seventh US President, Andrew Jackson, who acted from 1829 to 1837. Jackson, too, had been a bit inexperienced in political matters to fight corruption and the political elite and became the US president.
The ultra-right Bannon, who previously directed the strictly conservative and also the spreading of conspiracy theories known “Breitbart News”, gave itself as fighters for the working class of the USA. “The supporters of globalization have exempted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia,” said Bannon. It is now about new jobs in the USA.
In the interview, Bannon, who had led the Trumps election campaign, was a racist. “I am not a white nationalist, I am a nationalist, I am an economic nationalist,” he said.
“If we succeed, we will get 60 percent of white voters and 40 percent of blacks and Latinos, and we will rule for 50 years,” said Bannon. The Democrats had lost their relationship to reality.
To characterize his strategy, Bannon drew on the slogan of the evil in the “War of the Stars” movie. “Darkness is good,” he said. “Dick Cheney, Darth Vader, Satan, that’s power,” Bannon continued, referring to a former US Vice President and a film figure.
“It helps us if they misunderstand it, if they have no understanding of who we are and what we do,” Bannon continued, apparently mingled with liberal forces in the US.
Bannon praised Trump for his intuition and abilities as a speaker. “He got it, he got it out of his stomach,” Bannon said about Trump.
Bannon is considered one of the leading heads of the alternative right, a right-wingist, islamophobic and anti-Semitic current. His appointment as chief strategist had been critically criticized by various organizations.
Among the Republicans, too, there was violent opposition. “The racist, fascist extreme right” will be just a few steps away from the Oval Office, the White House power center, said John Weaver, the Republican election campaign manager.