Trump White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon Cites Darth Vader And Satan As Power Role Models

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That didn’t take long. Donald Trump isn’t even in office yet, and those closest to him are already favorably comparing themselves to Satan.

The Hollywood Reporter recently spoke to face of the alt-right Steve Bannon, who smoothly transitioned from Breitbart News to the head of Trump’s presidential campaign to senior counselor and chief strategist, about how he’s now “arguably the most powerful person on the new White House team.” That’s the same Steve Bannon who supported such Breitbart articles as “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women In Tech, They Just Suck At Interviews” and “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism Or Cancer?” In the eyes of many liberals, he’s evil incarnate, a comparison Bannon seems fine with.

“Darkness is good,” he told the Reporter. “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.” The “they” is, of course, anyone who doubted Bannon and Trump, but more importantly: one of the president-elect’s most trusted advisors praised Darth Vader and Satan as role models.

He then complained about sand for 15 minutes, for some reason.

Bannon later added, “Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an entirely new political movement. It’s everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I’m the guy pushing a 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. 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.”

That’s probably not the only reason he wishes it was still the 1930s.

(Via the Hollywood Reporter)