Steve Bannon

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.)


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Assessment

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.