- The Washington Times - Friday, November 18, 2016

President-elect Trump’s senior adviser wants the world to know that he is not a “white nationalist,” but is fine with critics who falsely characterize him and the alt-right as “Satan.”

Steve Bannon helped Republican Donald Trump secure a resounding presidential victory Nov. 8 while serving as the billionaire’s campaign chief, but the feat came with a cost to his reputation. Critics have consistently called the former Breitbart.com head a racist and an anti-Semite, which prompted Breitbart News this week to prepare a “multimillion-dollar lawsuit” against an unnamed media company.

Still, Mr. Bannon welcomes the vitriol.

“I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” Mr. Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview released Friday. “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”

The political power-player and Navy veteran told THR’s Michael Wolff from Trump Tower in New York that critics who demonize his nationalist movement are making the same mistake Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign did before a defeat on Election Day.

“The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country,” Mr. Bannon said, THR reported Friday. “It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no f-ing idea what’s going on. If The New York Times didn’t exist, CNN and MSNBC would be a test pattern. The Huffington Post and everything else is predicated on The New York Times. It’s a closed circle of information from which Hillary Clinton got all her information — and her confidence.”

“I knew that [Hillary Clinton] couldn’t close,” Mr. Bannon continued. “They outspent us 10 to one, had 10 times more people and had all the media with them, but I kept saying, ‘it doesn’t matter, they got it all wrong, we’ve got this locked.’”

Mr. Trump’s adviser went on to predict that if the Republican billionaire’s administration could deliver on his promises that he would win “60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we’ll govern for 50 years.”

“The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia,” Mr. Bannon told THR. “The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f–-d over.”

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