Steve Bannon: White Supremacist, Christian Fascist Neo-Nazi at Core of Trump-Pence Regime
January 30, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
A Teen Vogue magazine editor aptly described the Trump-Pence regime as a “pig-headed hydra”—and one of the main heads of this fascist monstrosity is Steve Bannon. Among Trump’s first acts after his election was to appoint Bannon, who headed up his campaign, as chief strategist and senior counselor. Before taking the reins of Trump’s campaign, Bannon was the owner and hands-on force behind the ultra-reactionary website Breitbart News Network and was closely associated with the so-called “alt-right”—which should just actually be called what it is, neo-Nazi.
Under Bannon, Breitbart spewed out all kinds of racist, anti-women, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-critical thinking poison that served to rile and pull together a lot of the base for what has become the Trump-Pence regime. One example: After white racist Dylann Roof—who posed online with Nazi symbols and the Confederate flag—massacred nine Black people at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, Breitbart came out with an article titled “Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage.”
When Trump named Bannon to the White House inner circle, David Duke—former KKK “imperial wizard”—called it “excellent” and said, “You have an individual, Mr. Bannon, who’s basically creating the ideological aspects of where we’re going. And ideology ultimately is the most important aspect of any government.”
While VP Mike Pence’s theocratic fanaticism is fairly well known, there is also a major Christian fascist element to what Bannon is about. In a talk that Bannon gave two years ago at a conference held inside the Vatican, he quite clearly laid out a “holy war” perspective of “Judeo-Christian capitalism” versus Islam. He traced this back to religious wars of the past and in the process accused “secularism” of sapping the “strength” of the West.
Since the Trump-Pence regime’s assumption of the reins of power, Bannon’s powerful role has become even clearer. According to the Wall Street Journal, Bannon, along with another top adviser, wrote Trump’s inaugural speech—which, along with his speech at the CIA a day later, made chillingly clear the regime’s determination to radically and quickly reorder the current political order in the U.S. into fascism.
In an interview with the New York Times, Bannon ratcheted up the Trump-Pence regime’s Nazi-style attacks on the press by declaring, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.... The media here is the opposition party.” The message and threat was clear: The media should just “report” what is coming out of the Trump-Pence White House. And any real questioning of this, any stepping out of line by journalists will be met with being shut out of the regime’s press events... or worse.
An executive order signed by Trump on January 27 on the reorganization of the National Security Council (NSC) named Bannon to play a key role in this crucial body, while deemphasizing the role of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence. The NSC is supposed to bring together cabinet, military, and spy agency officials to give high-level advice to the president and implement decisions. A Washington Post op-ed noted, “The NSC is effectively the central nervous system of the U.S. foreign policy and national security apparatus.”
Clearly, this white-supremacist, Christian fascist neo-Nazi is increasingly playing a central role in the Trump-Pence regime.
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