Steve Bannon's Nationalism Isn't About the Economy, Stupid - 2017-09-11
Steve Bannon knows what you rootless cosmopolitans think. He's seen your indignant columns, hysterical Change.org petitions, and mean-spirited memes. He's heard you liken him to Joseph Goebbels, Leni Riefenstahl, and the skin-suit Vincent D'Onofrio wore in Men in Black — and he's fine with it. You can call him a protofascist monster all day; when the left plays "identity politics," it only makes him stronger.
Still, he would like you "Fake News" consumers to know that you're wrong: Steve Bannon may be white and a nationalist, but he's no white nationalist. Limousine liberals may think that only bigots would question the bipartisan consensus on mass immigration. But Bannon — and the forgotten Americans he speaks for — know that "globalism" has decimated our nation's middle class. Breitbart's anti-immigration populism isn't about protecting a white, enthonationalist conception of American identity — it's about protecting all Americans' living standards.
"I don't need the affirmation of the mainstream media," Bannon told the mainstream media Sunday night, in an interview with 60 Minutes. "They can call me an anti-Semite. They can call me racist. They call me nativist …As long as we're driving this agenda for the working men and women of this country, I'm happy."