Steve Bannon: Donald Trump's chief strategist has a grand vision for remaking America - 2017-02-03

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F0.png Steve Bannon: Donald Trump's chief strategist has a grand vision for remaking America February 3, 2017, Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

If there is a political vision underlying Trumpism, however, the person to ask is not Trump. It's his éminence grise, Stephen K. Bannon, the chief strategist of the Trump administration.

Bannon transcended his working-class Virginia roots with a stint in the Navy and a degree from Harvard Business School, followed by a career as a Goldman Sachs financier. He moved to Los Angeles to invest in media and entertainment for Goldman, before starting his own investment bank specializing in media. Through a combination of luck (a fallen-through deal left him with a stake in a hit show called Seinfeld) and a knack for voicing outrage, Bannon remade himself as a minor luminary within the far edge of right-wing politics, writing and directing a slew of increasingly conservative documentaries.

Bannon's influence reached a new high in 2012 when he took over Breitbart News, an online news site, following the death of creator Andrew Breitbart. While at Breitbart, Bannon ran a popular talk radio call-in show and launched a flame-throwing assault on mainstream Republicans, embracing instead a fringe cast of ultra-conservative figures. Among them was Trump, a frequent guest of the show. They established a relationship that eventually led Bannon to mastermind Trump's populist romp to the White House, culminating in his taking the administration's most senior position (alongside the chief of staff, Reince Priebus).

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