The media are looking for new ways to attack President-Elect Donald Trump.
They are accusing Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and right hand man, of being a “White Nationalist” in order to write more hit pieces about Trump. Bannon called them out, countering the narrative on The Hollywood Reporter (THR): “I’m not a White Nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist … the globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over.”
The mainstream media has used this as an opening to craft their narrative that Trump is racist (again) because Breitbart News, the site Bannon ran, covered the election accurately and fairly. Basically, this is nothing they haven’t been doing for the past 9 months (and possibly longer); slandering the right by calling them white supremacists with no evidence beyond guilt by association.
“Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are attracted to some of the philosophies of the alt-right? Maybe,” Bannon told Mother Jones in August. “Are there some people that are anti-Semitic that are attracted? Maybe. Right? Maybe some people are attracted to the alt-right that are homophobes, right? But that’s just like [how] there are certain elements of the progressive left and the hard left that attract certain elements.”
The MSM started yet another smear campaign, seen with this tweet from Bloomberg Politics.
Bannon told THR’s Michael Wolff, from Trump Tower in New York, that critics who demonize his nationalist movement are making the same mistake Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign did before a defeat on Election Day: “The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country… it’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no f-ing idea what’s going on. If The New York Times didn’t exist, CNN and MSNBC would be a test pattern. The Huffington Post and everything else is predicated on The New York Times. It’s a closed circle of information from which Hillary Clinton got all her information – and her confidence.”
In another interview he countered the notion that racialized overtones dominated the Trump campaign while on the trail. On the results of the election, he predicted that if the administration delivered on its election promises, “we’ll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we’ll govern for 50 years.”
“It’s everything related to jobs,” Bannon said, and seemingly bragged about how he was going to make conservatives “crazy” with his “trillion-dollar infrastructure plan.”
“With negative interest rates throughout the world, it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Ship yards, iron works, get them all jacked up,” he proposed. “We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.”
Steve Bannon, set to be a top strategic adviser in President-elect Donald Trump’s White House, fought back against the media in an interview published Friday evening by the Wall Street Journal. “How can you take anything seriously from a media apparatus – paid the amount of money you people are paid – that systematically missed something that was so obvious, that missed Brexit, that missed the Trump revolution?” Bannon said. “You’d have thought they’d have learned their lesson on Nov. 8.”
“They clearly haven’t,” he added.
Bannon goes as far as to take the leftists attacks on him and his character as an “emblem of pride,” but also readily defended himself and Breitbart from the repeatedly standard “our political opponents are evil bigots.”
“Breitbart is the most pro-Israel site in the United States of America,” he said, pushing back on charges that the right-wing outlet had trafficked in anti-Semitism. “I have Breitbart Jerusalem, which I have Aaron Klein run with about 10 reporters there. We’ve been leaders in stopping this BDS movement” – referring to boycott, divestment and sanctions – “in the United States; we’re a leader in the reporting of young Jewish students being harassed on American campuses; we’ve been a leader on reporting on the terrible plight of the Jews in Europe.”
Even though he granted two print interviews since being chosen to join Trump’s White House, Bannon said didn’t wish to be a frequent presence on television
“People say get out there. But I see no purpose in trying to convince a bunch of media elites who only ever talk to themselves,” Bannon said. “I never went on TV one time during the campaign. Not once. You know why? Because politics is war. General Sherman would never have gone on TV to tell everyone his plans. I’d never tip my hand to the other side. And right now we’ve got work to do.”
But for the main part of the story with Breitbart, Bannon said he has had “nothing to do with the site since Aug. 15,” when he moved to working for the trump campaign directly, and his former outlet “didn’t get a scoop from the campaign from the minute I took over; they’ve had to scramble like everybody else.” Bannon is taking an “extended leave of absence and cut all association with the site while I’m working at the pleasure of the president,” he said.
Bannon, gave some detail on his battle plan on fighting his political enemies. “Darkness is good,” Bannon said. “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they … get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”