Stephen Kevin Bannon (born November 27, 1953) is an American media executive, political activist, former investment banker and Navy officer, who is executive chairman of Breitbart News. He served as the White House Chief Strategist for Donald Trump from January through to August, 2017.
In August 2016, Bannon joined Trump’s campaign as Chief Executive Officer, prior to this he was executive chair of Brietbart News – A far-right aligned news site.
Since leaving the White House, Bannon rejoined Breitbart and most recently acively supported Roy Moore in the 2017 United States Senate Election in Abama
Bannon appeared in an article in Vanity Fair on December 22, 2017. The article was titled; “I HAVE POWER”: IS STEVE BANNON RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT?
Vanity Fair followed Steve Bannon during a trip to Japan, on the trip he delivered an anti-China speech at a conference for human rights. During a speech in the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Village, Bannon made an oft repeated message, that the clueless democratic leaders of America had sold out the workers to China:
“The elites in our country have been under a very false premise that as China became more prosperous and economically developed that there would be an underlying increase in democracy. What we found out over the last decade is the exact opposite has happened. The question has to be asked: Are the elites in the United States that stupid? Did people actually sit there year after year after year and not understand what was going on? Or was something else going on? Were these elites either bought off or did they just look the other way? That question is going to have to be answered.”
Bannon left the White House in August 2017 and said:
“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over.”
Bannon is potentially considering his own run as future President and believes that his real opponent is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“The G.O.P. establishment, as personified by Mitch McConnell, has not done a good job supporting the president’s agenda,”
Bannon backed Roy Moore for the Senate seat in Alabama – the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. The Washington Post however published an article about how Moore had pursued romantic and sexual relationships with teenagers in the 1970’s while he was an assistant district attorney. One woman told the paper he molested her when she was 14. in response to this Bannon said:
“I got my two best guys down there. One of the things I realized during the campaign is that, like in the military, it all comes down to one or two decisions in the heat of battle. You have to double down. I’m gonna tell Judge Moore to do his thing. They’re not cut out for this, though.”
In private conversations since leaving the White House, Bannon said Trump only has a 30 percent chance of serving out his term, whether he’s impeached or removed by the Cabinet invoking the 25th amendment.
In discussing the Bushes, Bannon said:
“The Bush presidency is the most destructive presidency in history. James Buchanan included. It’s not even close. And by the way, I haven’t even gotten to 9/11. I mean, 9/11! Think about if 9/11 had happened on Trump’s watch. We would have gotten 100 percent of the blame by the Bush guys. And they said, well, we just got here. What do you mean you just got here? That’s what gets me about them coming after Trump. I really detest them. I mean, the old man is a pervert. He’s a pervert. Grabbing these girls and grabbing their asses?”
In response to the claims of Roy Moore and his reported inappropriate sexual relationships with teenagers, Bannon said:
“This is Alabama. The age of consent is 16 for a reason.”
Bannon then spoke at length about the internal battles that existed within the White House. Bannon called the two sides “The Democrats” and the “Nationalists”. The Democrats, comprising Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Gary Cohn, and Dina Powell. The Nationalists, comprising Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka, and Peter Navarro. Jared Kushner called the Nationalists either “the crazies” or “Breitbart”.
At the beginning of Trump’s presidency the Nationalists were particularly strong, about this time period, Bannon reflected:
“You had to be a disruptor and keep people on their back heels. That’s why we were doing three E.O.s a day. I told Reince that if you slow down, they’ll pick us apart with the palace intrigue stuff, which is what they really want to write.”
Back on January 29, 2017 the Trump administration installed a travel ban which focused on eight Muslim countries, in reflection Bannon stated:
“Why did we drop the travel ban on a Friday evening? Because the resistance is our friend. Our thing is to throw gasoline on the resistance. I love it. When they”—the Democrats—“talk about identity politics, they’re playing into our hands. Because you can’t win on that.”
In reference to the White Supremacist groups Bannon has been accused of encouraging, Bannon said:
“These guys are beyond clowns. It’s the left media that makes them relevant because 25 of them show up, and it’s like a hundred cameras. They’re losers.”
During his time in the White House, Bannon clashed with Kushner and Ivanka. Bannon said:
“He doesn’t know anything about the hobbits or the deplorables. The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka.”
Trump decided to fire James Comey following a meeting with Kushner, Ivanka and Stephen Miller over the weekend of May 6 and 7, Bannon’s repsonse was:
“It’s the dumbest political decision in modern political history, bar none. A self-inflicted wound of massive proportions.”
On reflection of the Trump Russia allegations, Bannon talked about Kushner and his meetings with Russians:
“He’s taking meetings with Russians to get additional stuff. This tells you everything about Jared. They were looking for the picture of Hillary Clinton taking the bag of cash from Putin. That’s his maturity level.”
In response to Bannon’s claims, Jared Kushner’s attorney Abbe Lowell stated:
“Steve Bannon may regret not being in the White House anymore, but that is not an excuse for him peddling false stories about Jared or anyone else.”
Bannon also accused Kushner of making bad decisions:
“We have a decision-making problem. We make a lot of bad decisions, and the bad decisions have to do with you.”
Trump called an Oval Office meeting to broker peace between Bannon, Kushner, and Ivanka Trump, where the source of leaks was discussed. Trump tried to adjudicate, but the meeting did little to diffuse tensions.
[Steve Bannon] “She’s the queen of leaks.”
[Ivanka Trump] “You’re a fucking liar!”
Later in response to the latest Roy Moore allegations, Ivanka Trump told the Associated Press
“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.”
In response Bannon referred to the California woman who alleged Trump raped her when she was a teen (the suit has since been dropped.)
“What about the allegations about her dad and that 13-year-old? Ivanka was a fount of bad advice during the campaign.”
On reflection about Trump’s position of President, Bannon affirmed:
“Trump’s at war with the permanent political class in D.C. I have this whole theory about the nullification of the 2016 election by the Democrats, the opposition party and the Republican establishment. Can you believe they had that Senate committee meeting that talked about the president’s ability to use nuclear weapons? It’s unreal!”
Over Trump and the media, Bannon said:
“He doesn’t go online. That’s a huge thing. I mean Orrin Hatch”—who’s 83—“goes online! Trump reads printouts.”
In conclusion Bannon declared:
“I’m not a political operative. I’m a revolutionary.”
The White House released a statement from Donald Trump in response to excerts from Steve Bannon’s new book had claimed that the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians was “treasonous.”
The full statement was as follows:
Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican Party.Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.