Stephen K. Bannon is Trump's Chief Strategist. One of the founders of the far right-wing publication Breitbart.com, Bannon has an MBA from Harvard, is a former Navy officer, and has worked in media and as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.
His political views are extreme and he is an opponent of immigration. In 2007, he wrote an outline for a documentary-style film called "Destroying the Great Satan: The Rise of Islamic Facism [sic] in America." The proposed film blamed the Washington Post, New York Times, universities, the "American Jewish community," the ACLU, CIA, FBI, State Department, and White House as unwitting enablers in a secret mission to set up an Islamic Republic in the United States. (Source: Washington Post.)
|1996.01.01||Steve Bannon is arrested for three counts of Domestic Violence. politico.com|
|1997||Steve Bannon is sued for sexual harassment. nydailynews.com|
|2005||Steve Bannon is sued for firing an employee suffering from Multiple Sclerosis who had just given birth because she became a mother. nydailynews.com|
|2007||Steve Bannon proposes a documentary titled, “The Islamic States of America.” Where he describes Jews as, “The Jihadist enablers among us.” jpost.com (See also Anti-Semitism, Jewish Americans)|
|2011.07.05||Bannon says during a radio interview “There are some unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement, the women that should lead this country would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children. They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England.” heavy.com|
|2014.07.09||Steve Bannon's website shows a picture someone took along the Arizona border of a discarded jacket, claiming it's an Islamic prayer rug and that it's proof that Terrorists are sneaking into the United States through the Mexican boarder. gawker.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories)|
|2014.11.12||Steve Bannon tells a reporter, “I'm a Leninist, Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” thedailybeast.com|
|2015.11.05||Steve Bannon complains about there being too many Asian CEOs. huffingtonpost.com|
|2016.11.13||Trump picks Reince Priebus as chief of staff and Steve Bannon as strategist. nytimes.com (See also Reince Priebus, Presidential Transition)|
|2016.11.18||Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon says "darkness is good," acknowledges power of Dick Cheney, Satan, and Darth Vader. cnn.com|
|2016.11.23||Breitbart investor's company Cambridge Analytica, which claims Steve Bannon as a board member, is in talks to win two lucrative contracts to boost White House policy messaging and to expand sales for the Trump organization. independent.co.uk (See also Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.01.20||Trump's inaugural speech, written by chief strategist Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, echoes line from "Batman" villain. telegraph.co.uk (See also Plagiarism)|
|2017.01.25||Trump is planning to launch an investigation of ‘voter fraud’ but one area that he highlighted–voters registered in two states–appears to include Stephen Bannon and Ivanka Trump washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Voter Fraud, Ivanka Trump)|
|2017.01.26||Trump Strategist Steve Bannon calls mainstream news media "the opposition party" and says news media should "keep its mouth shut." nytimes.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media)|
|2017.01.26||Trump’s executive orders, drawn up without consulting his Cabinet or legal experts, leave government agencies in the dark, Republican leaders scrambling to catch up, and policy experts wondering if some of them are even legal. vanityfair.com (See also First 100 Days, Stephen Miller, James Mattis, Department of Defense, Mike Pompeo, Central Intelligence Agency, Keystone XL Pipeline, Sanctuary Cities, Mexico Wall, Unprecedented Actions)|
Initiatives are largely being churned out without proper review and the strategy could backfire. David Vladeck, a law professor at Georgetown University and a former official at the Federal Trade Commission, told Politico. “A government by edict is not a sustainable idea.”
|2017.01.28||Susan Rice, Obama's National Security Advisor, comments on Bannon's elevation to National Security Council. twitter.com (See also National Security Council, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.01.29||An executive order gives the right-wing agitator, Steve Bannon, a full seat on the principals committee of the National Security Council a role usually held by Generals, in a startling elevation of a political adviser. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.01.29||Arizona senator John McCain blasts Bannon placement on National Security Council and calls it "a radical departure." politico.com (See also First 100 Days, National Security Council, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.01.29||In the first week of the Trump Presidency, influence has run through a very select group of advisers—maybe as many as half a dozen, maybe as few as two. The President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Steve Bannon have consolidated their influence. newyorker.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security, Jared Kushner)|
"In normal times, an Administration this isolated and divorced from public opinion would seem to be fatally weak. The argument made by the President’s first week is that these conditions, combined with the general assent of a Republican-controlled Congress, might in fact create the opposite situation, freeing him to do whatever he wants."
|2017.01.29||The Twitter Hashtag #StopPresidentBannon hits the top of trending charts as thousands protest Trump's chief strategist. time.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.01.29||Trump strategist and former chair of Breitbart News Network, Steve Bannon, seen by many as the brains behind Trump's Muslim immigration ban, is elevated to a position on the National Security Council's principals' committee and people are begging someone, anyone, to please #StopPresidentBannon. newsweek.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.01.29||Trump's executive order reorganizing the National Security Council drops joint chiefs and adds Bannon. bbc.com (See also First 100 Days, National Security Council, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.01.30||Former officials warn that giving Trump’s chief strategist and ideologue, Steve Bannon, a National Security Council seat risks politicizing national security. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, National Security Council, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.01.30||Majority of State Dept has been fired and sits empty. Bannon and Miller now rule the country unchecked. Judges' orders ignored by DHS. twitter.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of State, Steve Miller, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.01.30||The dark history of the White House aides, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, who crafted Trump's "Muslim Ban" m.motherjones.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration)|
|2017.01.31||Understanding controversial Trump chief strategist, Steve Bannon's, worldview and the policies that follow. washingtonpost.com |
“The analogy — if it’s going to work — is that Bannon has his own agenda, which he will try to use Trump for, and will try to exploit the power that Trump has given him, without his master always noticing,” said Diarmaid MacCulloch, a professor of history at England’s Oxford University.
|2017.02.01||Distrust in Trump’s White House, as well as power consolidation in separate spheres by Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Jared Kushner spurs leaks, confusion. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus)|
‘Trying to nail down who the leakers are is like trying to count the cockroaches under the couch,’ one longtime Trump adviser says.
|2017.02.01||Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) offers bill to remove Bannon from National Security Council, saying national security policymaking should inspire "confidence, not cynicism." thehill.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.01||Trump’s executive order giving Steve Bannon a seat on the National Security Council’s Principals Committee is an assault on common sense and appears to be a violation of federal law. slate.com (See also First 100 Days, National Security Council)|
|2017.02.02||Bannon wants to use the 2018 midterm elections as the arena to test the political clout of Trump’s populist message. buzzfeed.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.02||House of Cards: The danger of building our national security on the Alt-Right’s alternative threats lawfareblog.com (See also First 100 Days, Islam, Mike Flynn, Muslim Immigration Ban, National Security Council)|
|2017.02.02||Sen. Nancy Pelosi calls Trump advisor Stephen K. Bannon a white supremacist. mobile.reuters.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.02||Trump makes White House dress policy that requires women to "dress like women" and men to wear ties. ibtimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Women, Misogyny)|
Steve Bannon is reportedly exempt from this policy though.
|2017.02.04||In a 2007 proposal for a documentary that was never made called 'The Islamic States of America,' Steve Bannon described U.S. Jews as 'enablers' of jihad. haaretz.com (See also Jewish Americans)|
|2017.02.05||US appeals court rejects White House request to reinstate Muslim immigration ban. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration, Constitutional Issues, Assaults on Government, Steven Miller)|
|2017.02.07||Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, looks to Sun-Tzu and Hindu scripture, and these books trying to learn the right lessons of Vietnam. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.08||People are writing postcards to the White House addressed to "President Bannon." teenvogue.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.08||Steve Bannon Aligns With Vatican Hard-Liners Who Oppose Pope Francis npr.org (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.10||Steve Bannon cited Julius Evola, Italian thinker and darling of Italian Fascists, at 2014 Vatican conference. nytimes.com|
|2017.02.15||Steve Bannon slams Breitbart News for a report suggesting White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus might lose his job. money.cnn.com (See also Reince Priebus, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.15||Trump assigns Stephen K. Bannon, Jared Kushner, and billionaire private equity executive Stephen A. Feinberg to conduct a review of intelligence agencies. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Jared Kushner, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.02.18||White House dismisses National Security Council aide after he harshly criticized Steve Bannon and the dysfunction paralyzing Trump's administration at a private, off-the-record roundtable hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center. politico.com (See also National Security Council, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.21||White House press secretary says Trump would reconsider Steve Bannon’s role on National Security Council if asked. wsj.com (See also First 100 Days, Sean Spicer)|
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said if President Donald Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser wanted to remove chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council’s p…
|2017.02.23||At CPAC on Thursday, Steve Bannon says a primary goal for the Trump administration is the “deconstruction of the administrative state”—the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that Trump and his team believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.02.23||Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon uses coded anti-Semitic expression at Conservative Political Action Conference. chicagotribune.com (See also Jewish Americans)|
|2017.02.24||Steve Bannon uses his first speaking appearance since Trump took office to vow that the president will honor all of the hard-line pledges of his campaign and vows a daily fight for "deconstruction of the administrative state." washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.04||Before leaving for Mar-A-Lago for the weekend, Trump summons senior staff to the Oval Office and goes "ballistic" over Sessions's decision to recuse himself from portions of any investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign election, and then, after the meeting, leaves Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus behind in D.C. abcnews.go.com (See also First 100 Days, Russian Meddling in Election, Jeff Sessions, Reince Priebus)|
|2017.03.04||Trump reportedly removes Priebus and Bannon from Air Force One manifest after being enraged over Russian connection leaks. dailykos.com (See also Russia, 2016 Campaign, Reince Priebus)|
|2017.03.06||Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon describes Islam as "a cancer" and says U.S. is fighting a "global existential war" against Islam in newly surfaced audiotapes. abcnews.go.com (See also Nationalism, Muslims, Immigrants)|
|2017.03.11||The Miami-Dade County state attorney's office investigates Steve Bannon for voter Registration Fraud. mic.com|
|2017.03.20||The FBI is investigating whether far-right news sites Breitbart and Infowars played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that boosted fictional, pro-Trump news. mcclatchydc.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.03.25||Bannon reportedly ordered conservative Republicans to vote for Trumpcare and they just laugh at him. boingboing.net (See also First 100 Days, Trumpcare)|
|2017.04.05||Steve Bannon is removed from The National Security Council. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, National Security Council)|
|2017.06.20||Over the course of the Trump administration, the White House’s daily press briefings have been pared progressively further back; they are now shorter, less frequent, and routinely held off-camera. theatlantic.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Sean Spicer)|
Emily Jane Fox–Vanity Fair
In her Jan. 26, 2017, article Fox muses on how Trump fits into Bannon's plans:
Bannon, who jokingly refers to himself as “Darth Vader,” is perhaps alone in viewing the Trump administration as a means to a specific philosophical end.
This strategy so far has worked for Bannon, either because Trump understands he needs him or hasn’t caught wind of the fact that he might be being played.
Lawrence Douglas–The Guardian
In his Jan. 31, 2017, op-ed Douglas examines Bannon's swiftly consolidating power:
Bannon, in contrast to the president, is not easily distracted. He is intelligent, articulate, focused in his ideology and dedicated to the struggle. And he has now been catapulted by an undisciplined president to the inner precincts of the National Security Council and its principals’ committee, assuming a position senior to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence.
Unvetted, unconfirmed but immensely powerful, Bannon may just be the most dangerous man in America.