In his first interview since being named Chief Strategist in president-elect Donald Trump‘s upcoming administration, Steve Bannon told the Hollywood Reporter that the “darkness” many see in Trump’s transition team is something to be embraced.
“Darkness is good,” Bannon said in the exclusive interview. “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.”
Bannon, who was formerly the Executive Chairman for Breitbart News, has come under fire from Democrats, liberal pundits, and a growing movement of conservatives for his alleged anti-Semitic rhetoric and coddling of the “Alt-Right,” a movement that many have linked with white nationalism.
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“I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist,” Bannon clarified. “I’m an economic nationalist.”
“It’s everything related to jobs,” he said, referring to his ideology. “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.”
You can read Bannon’s full interview with the Hollywood Reporter here.
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