Steve Bannon may be the most wildly caricatured, criticized, and, in some quarters, reviled figure in American politics. He crisscrosses the country with badass bodyguards in tow because, one assumes, he needs them. But in researching for my new book “Bannon: Always the Rebel,” which included ten hours of one-on-one talks with the man, I discovered and wrote about someone quite different than the popular image of a goose-stepping neo-fascist who wants to withdraw the United States from the world and make Donald Trump dictator for life.
Here are just a few of the popular misconceptions about Bannon that normally can’t be disputed in polite society—which, as anyone who has expressed a politically incorrect opinion can attest, becomes very impolite when challenged.
1. Bannon is a racist
This, for many people, goes without saying. “Racist” is Bannon’s calling card. He longs achingly for a return to Jim Crow and wants a nation drained of any and all skin pigmentation.
And yet, when you talk to people who have actually spent time with Bannon over the years, you encounter remarkably consistent testimony that the man is not a racist. “He does not have a sexist, racist bone in his body. I don’t even remember a single, solitary inappropriate word that he used, let alone any action,” said Susan Oliver, who served as student body vice president in the Bannon administration at Virginia Tech.
Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon will rejoin the Breitbart radio show on Sirius XM’s Patriot channel from 6-9 am, giving him another venue for touting his populist-nationalist, anti-establishment message, according to reports.
Bannon had used the show as a platform before joining the Trump campaign in 2016.
Bannon Tuesday evening joined a rally for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, where he trashed anti-Moore Republicans Mitt Romney and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. Bannon ridiculed Flake’s $100 donation to Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones. “Come on, brother, if you’re going to write a check, write a check,” Bannon quipped.
Earlier Tuesday, Bannon continued the minority outreach that is part of his populist platform, appearing in Washington at an event designed to attract African American and Hispanic small business owners to the GOP.
Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will headline a fundraising luncheon for Black Americans for a Better Future (BABF) on Tuesday at the Willard InterContinental Washington hotel in Washington, DC.
The event, “A Business Luncheon with Stephen K. Bannon: A Republican Vision for Minority Business Growth,” will see approximately 200 minority entrepreneurs from throughout the United States.
Bannon, who previously served as senior White House adviser to President Donald Trump and was the CEO of his presidential campaign, has stated that a large part of his vision for economic nationalism is helping extend opportunities to black and Hispanic workers.
“Steve’s knowledge of the black community is incredible,” Raynard Jackson, founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future, told Breitbart News. “If you were Stevie Wonder, being blind, and you could sit and talk with Steve and didn’t know his color, you would swear he’s from the black community because of his understanding of the dynamic, the business and community dynamic.”
Last week, I interviewed Steve Bannon, delving into some of the stories and ideas you can find in my biography of the man, Bannon: Always the Rebel, available on Amazon. We had an interesting conversation that helps reveal what Bannon thinks and what he is trying to do. I thought you might find it both… Continue Reading
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Well, I took some videos for you the other day during President Trump’s Rose Garden announcement that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change accord. There was, it turned out, a bit of drama. Before the remarks. It appears that technicians couldn’t get the teleprompters to work, and Trump delayed his… Continue Reading