He’s been under fire ever since newly elected President Trump appointed him White House chief strategist. Stephen K. Bannon — a veteran, filmmaker and the force behind Breitbart.com — hasn’t been seen much since the attacks began. He’s been called the worst names the left can think up, but clearly it hasn’t affected him in the least.
Bannon emerged to speak at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference that serves as the biggest annual Republican gathering of young GOP rising stars and old guard politicos.
Appearing with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus (who, along with Bannon, is widely credited with helping Trump win the campaign) Bannon was unbowed:
“They’re going to continue to fight,” Bannon said of the media, which he repeatedly described as “the opposition party,” and other forces he sees as standing in the president’s way. “If you think they are giving you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken.”
Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.
“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said. He posited that Trump’s announcement withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”
Bannon reminded the audience that the media and other “experts” had been wrong about pretty much everything during the campaign. There was no reason to think these same people would suddenly become devoted to accuracy and fairness now.
Bannon admitted that the rumors about his “hot” temper were true to a point, and praised Priebus as the “steady,” calm side of their professional partnership.
What’s clear is that Bannon is pretty much unlike any White House strategist before, at least on the Republican side. He plays to win and is apparently indifferent to the unprecedented attacks on his character. Just the sort of man President Trump needs at this side for the next four — or eight — years.
Source: Washington Post