Bye bye Bannon…
But then there is hello again, as Bannon returns to Brietbart
Bannon proclaims that he is going to war for Donald Trump. Bannon plans to use the news agency he successfully ran to Wage Trump War I.
In truth, using Brietbart as a communications tool is smart. Moreover, Bannon has a big microphone reaching the 35% Trump base who will buy into Bannon’s message hook line and sinker. Therefore, maybe it was pretty smart to let Bannon go because Bannon has unfettered license to declare Trump War I. The downside for Trump is Bannon will be advancing the unfettered Trump base message, and the more that message is put out there, the more people listen. The end result may be to accelerate an already declining Trump era.
Prior to his exit, Bannon did, however, say some things showing how he can cleverly use his Brietbart microphone. A close examination of his recent commentary shows a skilled messenger who has not changed his his message. To show what we mean, here are a few excerpts of what Bannon said about the protesters in Charlottesville.
“Ethno-nationalism — it’s losers. It’s a fringe element,” Bannon told the magazine. “I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, eh, help crush it more.
These guys are a collection of clowns,”
Bannon is not condemning the alt right, he is not distancing himself from the alt right philosophy, he is condemning the protesters as a bunch of fringe losers. Like any group, there are fringe elements, and Bannon is condemning the fringe so it appears his alt right views are main stream.
Charlottesville makes the alt right look bad, Bannon knows this. Therefore, he condemns a specific group of people at a specific rally.
Then , on the Democrats, Bannon says:
“The longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em,” he said.” I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”
In other words, Bannon’s economic nationalism promotes a society where white working people dominate the job market while those of a darker color are either deported or put in their place. Bannon's economic nationalism is identity politics hidden behind an economic message.
Bannon has not changed. His commentary is really an artful dodge. Now the artful dodger is back behind the microphone ready and willing to go rogue in Trump War I.
The Bannon quotes are from an article published in The American Prospect.