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1 Trump is Bannon's "Tool." on 2/6/2017, 9:54 am

The following quoted extract unfolds the bitter truth about who's running our government:

"Hard not to think he’s hastening things along. Here are six things Bannon has declared war on.

1. Everything.

In a piece for the Daily Beast, Marxist-turned conservative-Ronald Radosh recounts attending a party at Bannon’s D.C. townhouse in 2013, where the two struck up a conversation about politics. Asked by Radosh to expound on his description of himself as a “Leninist,” Bannon claimed his mission was to see America razed and reconfigured by a right-wing, Tea Party-led version of the Bolshevik Revolution.

“Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too,” Bannon reportedly said. “I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

Radosh claims Bannon went on to describe conservative outlets National Review and the Weekly Standard as “left-wing magazines” that he also wants to destroy. The aim is to create chaos that destroys the old order, giving rise to a new order that fits Bannon’s ultra-right global vision. As Radosh points out, the Trump administration’s contemptuous relationship with the truth is a strategy gleaned from Lenin himself, who said, “The art of any propagandist and agitator consists in his ability to find the best means of influencing any given audience, by presenting a definite truth, in such a way as to make it most convincing, most easy to digest, most graphic, and most strongly impressive.”

2. Islam.

USA Today sifted through dozens of hours of audio from Bannon’s radio program and found that many of the discussions centered on Islam, which he labels the "most radical” religion in the world. In one recording, Bannon declares that the West is “fighting a ‘global existential war’ with Islam.” He also hints that there’s “a fifth column in this country in the government, in the media.”

“We’ve been warned. They attacked us. We had our own Pearl Harbor, and we looked the other way….Want to know why guys like Donald Trump and Nigel Farage are on the rise? Because the elites in this country are too gutless, they’re too gutless to face the enemy that’s trying to destroy us.”

3. China.

On multiple occasions on his Breitbart radio show, Bannon has gone after China, which he has apparently been gunning for going back years. Trump’s obsession with the country finds its source in Bannon, who’s been putting the anti-China words right in Trump’s mouth.

“We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years,” Bannon said in a March 2016 interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Lee Edwards. “There’s no doubt about that. They’re taking their sandbars and making basically stationary aircraft carriers and putting missiles on those. They come here to the United States in front of our face – and you understand how important face is – and say it’s an ancient territorial sea. That's a throwdown, is it not?”

A few months earlier, Bannon took aim at China—along with Islam, his favorite target—while suggesting the U.S. and Europe aren't being aggressive enough toward either. “You have an expansionist Islam and you have an expansionist China. Right? They are motivated. They’re arrogant. They’re on the march. And they think the Judeo-Christian west is on the retreat.”

With Bannon running the show, it’s clear this saber-rattling toward China is part of a calculated plan that the right-wing propagandist started hatching long before he became Trump’s puppeteer.

4. And more Islam.

During a conference held at the Vatican in 2014, Bannon seemed to suggest it’s time to start a brand-new version of the Crusades, telling the audience, “We're at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict."

“[W]e are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism. And this war is, I think, metastasizing far quicker than governments can handle it,” Bannon reportedly told the crowd. “[W]e have to face a very unpleasant fact. And that unpleasant fact is that there is a major war brewing, a war that’s already global. It’s going global in scale, and today’s technology, today’s media, today’s access to weapons of mass destruction, it’s going to lead to a global conflict that I believe has to be confronted today. Every day that we refuse to look at this as what it is, and the scale of it, and really the viciousness of it, will be a day where you will rue that we didn’t act.”

5. The free press.

Bannon, who turned Breitbart Media into the preferred rag of white nationalists the world over, knows from firsthand experience that people—especially authoritarian conservatives—crave an enemy to hate and fear. In the absence of a real U.S. political adversary, the media fills that role perfectly for Trump’s base. It’s a textbook move of dictators and tyrants to make the press a primary target, sowing doubt and confusion around facts and truth so they can own the narrative for their own manipulative ends.

And it’s working, at least where the intended audience is concerned. Bannon, a former investment banker, Hollywood movie producer, ex-environmentalist and Harvard graduate who made millions from one of the Jewiest shows in history, has somehow convinced gullible hordes that he is fighting against the (generally less well-paid or educated) “elites” who work in media. As one of the most successful media propagandists of this young century, no one knows better than Bannon that the medium is the message, and the message must be aggressively, relentlessly hammered home. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Bannon played his role to the hilt, even issuing quasi-threats.

"The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while," Bannon reported told the outlet. "I want you to quote this. The media here is the opposition party. They don't understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States."

6. The Middle East (which he uses as a stand-in for 'Islam').

In a radio show recording from November 2015, Bannon again returned to his pet project: a war pitting the Christian West against the Muslim Middle East. Claiming that Islamophobes’ worst tendencies have been unfairly “suppressed for 15 years,” Bannon blamed politicians for not going far enough to malign the religion of 1.6 billion people.

“George Bush walked out after 9/11 in front of a mosque, said it’s a religion of peace and go shopping,” Bannon mocks. “We haven’t had an adult conversation. And by the way, some of these conversations may get a little unpleasant. But you know what, we’re in a war. We’re clearly going into, I think, a major shooting war in the Middle East again.”

The episode focused on an incident in Irving, Texas where a group of anti-Muslim gun nuts terrorized mosque worshippers with weapons and signs bearing messages like, “Stop the Islamization of America.” Other highlights of the recording include Bannon comparing Nigel Farage to Winston Churchill; a right-wing guest complaining that cops are too easy on black people with guns, but “you bring a bunch of white men to a mosque carrying arms and everybody gets all upset”; and a caller who states that “Christianity is solely a religion but Judaism and Islam” have a “whole government set up.”

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.



http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/6-things-warmonger-steve-bannon-has-declared-war?akid=15179.260394.vTl5qk&rd=1&src=newsletter1071735&t=2

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2 Re: Trump is Bannon's "Tool." on 2/6/2017, 10:43 am

I have said that Bannon and Miller are running things since he was elected. Jared and Ivanka I believe are trying to squash the two. It is very clear Trump may be in a state of mental confusion and Jared and Ivanka were brought to Washington to try an oversee, but Bannon and Miller are certainly taking advantage of him. I read something this morning that Trump didn't even know what he was signing when Bannon put the order in front of him to make him part of the NSC. May have been fake news who knows.

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3 Re: Trump is Bannon's "Tool." on 2/6/2017, 2:30 pm

I have posted on several occasions that Bannon represents the Fox is in the hen house and I understood then that he is a smart, yet demented, man who is taking the opportunity to exert influence over Trump, being the most malleable personality to ever occupy the Oval office. I often hear that Trump supports, for the most part, the position of the last person who leaves the room and that I am afraid is most times Steve Bannon.

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4 Re: Trump is Bannon's "Tool." on 2/7/2017, 1:03 am

This is a horrible nightmare for our nation. And to think there are still so many Americans who support and believe in Trump!! It's just un-blanking-believable.

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5 Re: Trump is Bannon's "Tool." on 2/7/2017, 7:59 am

RealLindaL wrote:This is a horrible nightmare for our nation.  And to think there are still so many Americans who support and believe in Trump!!  It's just un-blanking-believable.

I agree 100%. Out of work workers applaud as Trump and Bannon plan their destruction of unions. Trump supporters cheer the Pussy Grabber's blatant insertion of Wall Street leeches to run finance, treasury, etc. I keep asking myself, why are these people cheering things that are self-destructive? I have a suggestion for all of them: Please folks, do the ultimate self-destructive act, so our country can heal! We would be much better off without thousands of masochistic dummies helping Darth Bannon rule!

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6 Re: Trump is Bannon's "Tool." on 2/7/2017, 1:03 pm

Wordslinger wrote:
RealLindaL wrote:This is a horrible nightmare for our nation.  And to think there are still so many Americans who support and believe in Trump!!  It's just un-blanking-believable.

I agree 100%.  Out of work workers applaud as Trump and Bannon plan their destruction of unions.  Trump supporters cheer the Pussy Grabber's blatant insertion of Wall Street leeches to run finance, treasury, etc.  I keep asking myself, why are these people cheering things that are self-destructive?  I have a suggestion for all of them:  Please folks, do the ultimate self-destructive act, so our country can heal!  We would be much better off without thousands of masochistic dummies helping Darth Bannon rule!

I know you don't really mean it but totally understand the sentiment.

I said early on that most of these supporters probably held onto the silly dream that Trump would somehow make them all rich. I think that's what they're still hoping for, but of course they'd have better chances buying lottery tickets.

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7 Re: Trump is Bannon's "Tool." on 2/7/2017, 6:30 pm

Trump's daughter and son in law may be the only check and balance to a full fascist take over of this nation. I am beginning to think this situation is very serious. I was hopeful for real entitlement change, now I am more concerned that things many be out of control.

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