American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: “There are no second acts in American lives.”
If that’s true, then perhaps we won’t actually have to tolerate another iteration of former White House adviser and Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon. But Bannon is determined to prove Fitzgerald wrong.
After being unceremoniously dumped from Breitbart for the things he told author Michael Wolff in Fire and Fury, Bannon is hinting at another grand idea he’s been working on, and recently sat down with GQ writer Ben Schrekinger for an interview that ranged from China to Russia, Trump to Bernie Sanders.
Asked about his apparently hostility towards China, Bannon commented:
“China has been at economic war with us for a long time, and we’re now starting to confront that. President Trump’s policies, if fully executed—it already has their attention in a massive way—will start to right the balance.
“Trump’s thing is that “America first” revitalizes the United States of America and puts China on notice.”
As for Russia, what Bannon had to say sounded a lot like Trump, who almost never criticizes the Russians:
“I think the Russian economy is basically the size of the state of New York. The Russians are bad guys. They’re not Pilgrims. But I’ve argued from day one that we ought to try to reset the relationship with Russia. Eventually we have to end the Cold War, right? Clearly, in the highly politicized atmosphere we have now in Washington, D.C., that’s not going to happen. Trump says this perfectly all the time. ‘Hey, we got enough enemies. Why is everybody pushing me to be more belligerent with this guy?'”
However, Bannon failed to address the matter of “this guy” (Vladimir Putin) interfering in American elections as a way to weaken the United States and exercise control over the U.S. president.
Bannon has vague plans to launch some kind of information collective that he believes can serve as a new front in his ongoing war on the mainstream media, telling Schrekinger: