To a great extent, Bannon’s framing is a presentist error, an overlay of modern notions of citizenship and national boundaries over a time when those very things were still fluid and contested. What we should judge instead is his seven months as “chief strategist“, where, far from bolstering the president, he led him into a series of missteps and blunders, including a de facto “Muslim ban” that immediately mobilized large parts of the public against him. The President, no doubt by honest error, included President Andrew Jackson among American System leaders Alexander Hamilton, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln.
After a Los Angeles-based photographer accused “60 Minutes” of purposely altering the color to make former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon “look like a bleary-eyed drunk” in an interview, journalism experts were quick to throw shade on the colorful conspiracy theory.
“I’m anxious about losing the House now because of this”, Mr Bannon told CBS. “I was the only guy that said, ‘He’s talking about something, take it up to a higher level'”. Most of the American people know this to be absolutely true.
Before we met, Duke and I had been corresponding for a month or so about media coverage of right-wing figures, and every so often, when I came across a photo, I would send it his way to get his read on it. It’s a line I remember from the movie The Wild Bunch.
Noah revealed The Daily Show hired a professional genealogist to look into Bannon’s background and discovered his great grandfather immigrated to this country from Ireland in the 50’s “at a time when America’s borders were so open” it required “no passport, no visa, no background checks of any kind”, Noah said.
The conversation Bannon referenced is alleged to have taken place shortly after the tape was released and involved Bannon telling Christie: “The plane leaves at 11:00 in the morning”.
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“I have very broad shoulders and I’ve had much tougher characters than Steve Bannon lie about me in the past”, Christie said.
The media has responded to the interview with booming headlines: “Steve Bannon’s not done”, “Breitbart’s Bannon declares war on the GOP”, “Bannon seizes the spotlight as he mounts campaign against GOP establishment”, “How Steve Bannon is preparing for war”, etc.
“That is what Bannon is starting to cue up: a recognition that Trump is transactional”. Bannon shows a far more nuanced understanding of geopolitics than Leftists who are still screaming the same thing they screamed 35 years ago when Reagan was President – “he’s going to start a nuclear war because he’s insane!”
He explained that Trump’s election was made possible by the Democratic Party’s emphasis on identity politics.
Then Bannon got to “citizenship” as the core of the American System.
After Trump gave a scoop to the Times in July – saying that he would never have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he had known that Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation – MSNBC’s Chris Hayes observed: “The sheer thirst that the president has for the New York Times approval is something to behold”. Many others around him, including Bannon, went on to high-ranking positions in the administration.