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Bannon a Big Fan of Mussolini

“He was clearly loved by women. He was a guy’s guy. He has all that virility. He also had amazing fashion sense, right, that whole thing with the uniforms. I’m fascinated by Mussolini.”

— Stephen Bannon, in an interview with the Spectator.

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Bannon Stokes French Far-Righters in Nativist Speech

“Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor. Because every day, we get stronger and they get weaker.”

— Former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon, quoted by ABC News, speaking to French far-right politicians.

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Bannon Rails Against ‘Anti-Patriarchy’ Movement

“It’s a Cromwell moment! It’s even more powerful than populism. It’s deeper. It’s primal. It’s elemental. The long black dresses and all that — this is the Puritans! It’s anti-patriarchy. … You watch. The time has come. Women are gonna take charge of society. And they couldn’t juxtapose a better villain than Trump. He is the patriarch.”

— Steve Bannon, quoted in a new edition of the book “Devil’s Bargain” as sharply criticizing what he terms the “anti-patriarchy movement” — that is, the movement against sexual harassment and assault — saying he believes it will “undo ten thousand years of recorded history,” CNN reports.

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Bannon Wasn’t Worth It

Steve Bannon’s disposition is not what we’d call sunny,
Though some of his one-liners were pretty funny.
But his Breitbart worth began to pale,
When measured upon a scale
Against big bags of Mrs. Rebekah Mercer’s money.

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Trump, Bannon Like ‘Two Rats in a Bag’

“Steve Bannon’s spectacular fall from grace in Trump World is a big, salty, delicious bowl of schadenfreude from the political gods in celebration of the new year. … Now, like two rats in a bag, Trump and Bannon are tearing at one another in a delicious public spat that has every possible bit of drama, except Bannon drunkenly bellowing for a round of fisticuffs with all comers and Trump offering to compare the length of their relative manhoods on live television. They deserve one another in so many ways.”

Rick Wilson

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Bannon Asserts Trump Met with Russians

“The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these Jumos up to his father’s office of the 26th floor is zero.”

— Steve Bannon, quoted in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer. Trump has denied ever meeting the Russian participants.

Poetic Justice

One Loose Bannon

The Trumpian White House loyalty code, well, Bannon broke it.
If we thought Trump was already mad, well, Bannon stoked it.
Now Trump’s lawyers want him to desist and cease
Exercising his right to free speech.
It’s clear to us Bannon didn’t lose his mind — he just spoke it.

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Bannon: Trump Tower Meeting with Russians ‘Treasonous’

“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

— Steve Bannon, describing the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.

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Former Breitbart Spox Attributes Moore Loss to Free Press

“Let’s not forget that this race was competitive in the first place because of the diligence, competence and tenacity of some enterprising reporters at the Washington Post and the Birmingham News (among others). What happened tonight illustrates how impactful and important the free press is in our political process. No matter how much noise there is about the ‘fake news’ media, the fact remains that the frontline of defense for our Republic begins and ends with the ability to pursue the truth and tell it…”

— Kurt Bardella, who used to rep Breitbart and has become an outspoken critic of Bannon and the site, in an email to CNN’s Brian Stelter.

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If Trump Fires Bannon …

“If Trump finally pushes Bannon out of the White House, the nationalist policy project will be all but dead. The new chief of staff, John Kelly, is far more moderate on immigration and has pushed Trump to abandon the idea of a physical border wall. Economic policy will be fully under the control of Cohn, and the heretical idea of raising taxes on the wealthy will have no champion. Trump himself has always been more animated by the xenophobia of Bannonism than by its populist economic views. A Trump White House without Bannon will be no more radical in its coddling of far-right groups—today Trump showed again that he needs no encouragement—but it will be more captured by the traditional small-government agenda of the G.O.P. Bannon hoped to destroy.”

Ryan Lizza