U.S. politics of late has heard some strange statements from right-wing conservatives, but Stephen Bannon's claim on Friday referencing real life and fictional villains has taken it to a disturbing new level.
“Darkness is good,” claimed Bannon, the newly appointed chief strategist of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, explaining his thoughts on Trump’s rise to power and liberal opposition to the Hollywood 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,” he told interviewer Michael Wolff. The “they” he was referring to was liberals and the media critical of Trump.
“The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country … It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no fucking idea what’s going on.”
Bannon, the executive chairman of alt-right media organization, Breitbart news known for slanderous headlines targeting minorities and progressive movements. Despite facing a chorus of criticism over white nationalism, sexism, racism and anti-semitism, Trump has backed him as a key member of his presidential team.
Bannon said that Trump “gets it intuitively,” describing the president-elect as “probably the greatest orator since William Jennings Bryan, coupled with an economic populist message and two political parties that are so owned by the donors that don’t speak to their audience.”
Describing himself as an“economic nationalist” and rejecting the white nationalist label that people apply to him, Bannon said that Trump’s administration will “build an entirely new political movement” which will capture white, Black and Hispanic votes and that “we'll govern for 50 years.”
Hinting at a change from Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign, Bannon claimed that “the globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking not to get fucked over.”
He also added despite the Clinton campaign outspending Trump, always believed that Clinton would lose the election.