Jonathan Capehart writing at The Washington Post confirms our worst fears about Steve Bannon. How could you get worse than a man who favorably cites the “darkness” of Satan as a desirable power without eliciting a peep from the evangelicals who voted for his — boss? Oh, it’s not difficult:
The incoming chief White House strategist and senior counselor to the president turned the conservative Breitbart.com into a repository of breathtaking racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic garbage. In July during the Republican National Convention, Bannon told Sarah Posner of Mother Jones, “We’re the platform for the alt-right.” And let’s be clear, saying “alt-right” is the rhetorical equivalent of dressing up white supremacy in black-tie. Just a fancy wrapper on something inherently repugnant. Like when Bannon told the Hollywood Reporter this month, “I’m not a white nationalist.”
If that’s not creepy enough, how about this blast from the dead-and-buried-and-needs-to-stay-that-way past?
Ms. Jones, the film colleague, said that in their years working together, Mr. Bannon occasionally talked about the genetic superiority of some people and once mused about the desirability of limiting the vote to property owners.
This fellow is the puppet master pulling all of the strings in this new administration, like Karl Rove on steroids plus avowed nationalism and a tarnished past polished up to look like something respectable. Eyes open. Stay woke. He may not truly be Satan or Darth Vader, but he’s the man behind the curtain, and he intends no good for most of us.