Steve Bannon is as Bad as You Think He is

While some are downplaying the relationship between Steve Bannon and other prominent Catholic reactionaries, no one is denying that a certain brand of reactionary Catholicism shapes his worldview. But it is equally clear how divorced his populist nationalism is not just from Pope Francis’ worldview, but from Catholic orthodoxy itself. A number of recent articles on Bannon show just how toxic and antithetical to authentic Christianity his views are:

via the Washington Post:

In November 2015, Stephen K. Bannon — then the executive chairman of Breitbart News — was hosting a satellite radio show. His guest was Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), who opposed President Obama’s plan to resettle some Syrian refugees in the United States.

“We need to put a stop on refugees until we can vet,” Zinke said.

Bannon cut him off.

“Why even let ’em in?” he asked.

Bannon said that vetting refugees from Muslim-majority countries would cost money and time. “Can’t that money be used in the United States?” he said. “Should we just take a pause and a hiatus for a number of years on any influx from that area of the world?”…

That worldview, which Bannon laid out in interviews and speeches over the past several years, hinges largely on Bannon’s belief in American “sovereignty.” Bannon said that countries should protect their citizens and their essence by reducing immigration, legal and illegal, and pulling back from multinational agreements.

At the same time, Bannon was concerned that the United States and the “Judeo-Christian West” were in a war against an expansionist Islamic ideology — but that they were losing the war by not recognizing what it was. Bannon said this fight was so important, it was worth overlooking differences and rivalries with countries like Russia….

In interviews with reporters since Trump’s election, Bannon has eschewed the traditional it’s-all-about-the-boss humility of presidential staffers.

“Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power,” he told the Hollywood Reporter in November, embracing the comparisons of him to those figures….

 “I am Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors,” Bannon told the Hollywood Reporter.

via Vox:

“Isn’t the beating heart of this problem, the real beating heart of it, of what we gotta get sorted here, not illegal immigration?” Bannon asked Miller. “As horrific as that is, and it’s horrific, don’t we have a problem? We’ve looked the other way on this legal immigration that’s kinda overwhelmed the country?”

Bannon goes on to decry the “oligarchs” of Silicon Valley and Washington and call the number of immigrants in the United States “scary.”

via Middle East Eye:

Steve Bannon, a self-described Leninist who wants to “destroy the state” and “bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment,” has risen to become one of the most powerful men in Washington.

Now the former director of extreme right-wing documentaries is currently writing and directing his biggest film yet: Trump’s America.

It’s unbelievable to think but Bannon, a man who thinks “darkness is good,” and cites Dick Cheney, Darth Vader and Satan as evidence, is now sitting on the National Security Council, in place of the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff….

A champion of white nationalism, Bannon proudly turned Breitbart News into “the platform for the alt-right” (neo-Nazis) with goading headlines like “Why equality and diversity departments should only hire rich, straight white men”, “The solution to online ‘harassment’ is simple: women should log off” and “Political correctness protects Muslim rape culture.”