Steve Bannon is often the gift that just keeps on giving in many respects. This week he contacted Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect to have a bit of a chat. Given Mr Kuttner is regarded as existing on the left side of the spectrum he appeared to believe Big Steve was calling him up to give him a bit of a talking too following some less than complimentary comments about Donald Trump. Quite the contrary.
During the interview which mostly seemed to centre on China and North Korea, Bannon did something Trump has refused to do, Steve spoke out about white supremacists. And he isn’t keen on them it seems.
He [Bannon] dismissed the far right as irrelevant and sidestepped his own role in cultivating it: “Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.”
“These guys are a collection of clowns,” he added.
But wait, isn’t that supposed to be a solid group of Trump supporters he just dissed? Well done that man!
His comments on North Korea were no less incendiary and definitely going against the party line. Remember when Trump had one of his regular rushes of blood to his head and said the US would handle Korea with “Fire and Fury”? Turns out Bannon wasn’t too sure about this.
“There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”
The entire interview makes for very enlightening reading (there’s a link at the end of this article) and seeing if there’s any fallout from this should be interesting to say the least given Trump’s recent distancing himself from Steve, usually the first sign someone’s out the door.
One of the most delicious aspects of this is how the press are handling it. On the left they’re a bit confused, they can’t quite get to grips with the fact that the man who is seen as a pretty extreme nationalist and racist enabler has said things that are pretty difficult to disagree with. From the right, not too much noise but there have been a few mentions that Bannon might not have known it was an interview. But we’ve heard that old chestnut before. Regardless, let’s see how this pans out.
You can, and should, read the full article HERE.