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“”[Donald Trump] is a blunt instrument for us … I don’t know whether he really gets it or not.
|—Bannon, in probably one of many statements that contributed to his removal.|
Stephen Kevin Bannon (1953–) is an American businessman, "documentarian", and  former executive chairman of Breitbart.com, an alt-right online tabloid.. Bannon is the self-made man Trump pretends to be: from Naval Officer, to Harvard grad, to Goldman Sachs banker (oh boy), to Hollywood producer, to anti-US globalist tool, to hobo, to (eccentric) media mogul, to White House senior staffer, to being indicted on federal fraud charges.
According to Ronald Radosh, Bannon sees himself as a "Leninist", stating, "Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment." And that includes the Republican Party itself.
After making every possible political mistake, Bannon was finally let go from the Trump administration on August 18, 2017. He returned to Breitbart, only to be canned from that organization as well. The BBC reported on 9 January 2018, "Steve Bannon's fall from power is now complete."
- 1 Oeuvre
- 2 War...War never changes
- 3 Views
- 4 Political career
- 5 European gap year
- 6 Book club
- 7 Great Walls of Fraud
- 8 Spreading COVID-19 and 2020 election misinformation
- 9 External links
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
If you look at his love affair with Sarah Palin, it's clear that he has been looking for an empty vessel to enact his policy agenda for some time:
Bannon began receiving conservative media attention for his documentary Generation Zero. And he began elevating his profile by latching onto Michele Bachmann with his documentary Fire From The Heartland. But he truly insinuated himself into the circles of conservative power by making a 2011 documentary about Sarah Palin, The Undefeated. His connection with Palin upped his brand in the movement significantly. He soon began appearing on Fox News with Sean Hannity fairly regularly, became personal friends with Hannity, and met Andrew Breitbart. He insinuated himself into Breitbart’s business by lending him office space [...] he used his role as Breitbart CEO to turn the outlet into Trump Pravda, creating a stepping stone to close connection with Trump. Breitbart publicly burned bridges with everyone to maintain its Trump loyalty. — Ben Shapiro
In 2012, Bannon directed Occupy Unmasked, a "documentary" about the "sinister" nature of the Occupy Wall Street movement and their connections to Obama.
War...War never changes
He was also involved with Biosphere 2, a loony Arizona project to test whether 8 "dedicated researchers" could live self-sufficiently and growing their own food (they couldn't, as they paired off and started fucking to pass the time, while also splitting into two factions of four that hated each other), first as a cost overrun investigator (for instance, the then-CEO of the management company has used some of the funds to redecorate her house), then as CEO. He was accused of harassing women at the project. It all ended in a lawsuit. Apparently, around this time he was well acquainted and studied with the basics of global warming, indeed actually believing in it and even being concerned with its ethical issues.
His political views are hard to know. He doesn't give many interviews, doesn't talk about his personal life, and his speeches are all over the map—most likely because he has an agenda that he's not fully disclosing, so some of his stated "beliefs" are a means to an end. The best way to collect information on him would be to listen to every episode of Breitbart News Radio he's hosted. But since we can't do that, here are the facts.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bannon traced the genesis of his economic outlook to his father, Marty, who got burned by Jim Cramer[No, not The Onion] and lost a lot of money in 2008. This shattered his confidence in institutions (though apparently not in pundits). If we were to give Marty the benefit of the doubt at that time, starting at 39.90 a share, it would have dropped to 26.77 on October 31, 2008. This means that Marty would have had 300-400k in AT&T stock alone. Marty had enough money in the market to lose 100k on one company, and he's griping that no one was paying attention to his family during one of the biggest economic crises in history. People were being thrown out of their homes; maybe there were other pressing concerns. And the Trump cabinet is pushing for the fiduciary laws to be killed, which makes no sense in this context.
Over the past couple of decades, you've heard from the people at Davos that the age of the "nation-state" is over. Not if Steve Bannon has anything to say about it! In the past, he's criticized the political establishment for funneling wealth from the working class of the United States to create a new middle class in China.
The most cryptic thoughts shared by Bannon refer to the three types of capitalism. During a speech at the Vatican, Bannon criticized both state capitalism and Ayn Rand-cutthroat capitalism. Bannon instead wants to create (or recreate) a form of capitalism based on Christian values. Mixed into the Kool-Aid is a call for proletarian revolution. He calls on Christians everywhere to rise up against "crony capitalists" and Wall Street, and to support "a cap on wealth creation and distribution".
Democrats and Republicans alike support global alliances and trade deals like Bretton Woods, NAFTA, the EU, the WTO, the IMF, the World Bank, and the UN. These are the cornerstones of the liberal world order. When Bannon says he wants to "destroy" the bipartisan "establishment", this is what he wants to destroy. From his point of view, he's saving the United States from the forces that have drained its wealth. By forcing China (and Europe) back into their cage, the hope is that other nations of the world can no longer depend on American largesse and will take responsibility for their own survival and growth.
“”Talk to us about this mosque on the North Pole.
As to the cultural side, Bannon has said he believes a country is more than an economy. This is probably why Breitbart is so opposed to the refugee resettlement program: he sees Muslim immigration as a threat to European culture—his culture.
In the days after the September 11 attacks, the former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir condemned the attackers and gave a speech in which he said, "Islam is peace." That statement was repeated by George W. Bush. On his radio program, Bannon said it was "the dumbest" comment that Bush ever made. In subsequent shows, Bannon sarcastically refers to Islam as the "religion of peace". (In fairness, so do we sometimes.)
In various interviews on Breitbart News Daily, Bannon told his listeners that the Western world is engaged in a "global existential war": "I think that most people in the Middle East, at least 50%, believe in being 'sharia-compliant'", by which he means Islam-observant. In interviews with Frank Gaffney and others, he entertained claims of a "fifth column" of Islamist sympathizers that has infiltrated the government and news media.
Playing footsie with Nazis
“”I think in the closing days of the campaign if you listen to what Trump was saying—I mean, it was unhinged—I mean, this stuff about dark conspiracy theories and cabals of global bankers. It struck tones, I think, that were anti-Semitic. I would argue that Trump in the final weeks of the campaign was, you know, mainlining the purest distillation of Bannon's views out there on the stump. And, to my shock and a lot of other peoples', that actually resonated with a much larger segment of the electorate than we had anticipated.
Bannon is most-known for promoting sexist and bigoted views through his website. His defenders say that Breitbart's "headlines are designed to attract attention and readers, and are not necessarily evidence that Bannon himself is an anti-Semite, a misogynist, or an anti-Muslim bigot". But Bannon may be an ethno-nationalist as some have said. The rumors come from a conversation he and Trump had where Trump was sympathetic towards Asian immigrants needed in the tech sector. Bannon responded by saying that he thought they have too many of them already and that they undermined civic society. It's incredibly suspect that he's partnered with people/headed initiatives that push xenophobia. If he does have a white nationalist agenda, that would explain the reticence to be open on any sort of coherent viewpoint.[note 1]
In any case, he is a nationalist. He described himself as an "economic nationalist" in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He has expressed a desire to end not just illegal but legal immigration, so it is more accurate to say he is a cultural nationalist. He clearly doesn't like how the United States government operates and would rather it be replaced with another form of government. Whites make up 70% of the electorate, though they're in decline; appeal to enough whites, and it becomes easier to enact your agenda.
The kids are alt-right
The pipeline from Gamergate to the alt-right is well-documented. Pre-Breitbart, Milo Yiannopoulos referred to gamers as “pungent beta male bollock-scratchers and twelve-year-olds”. When Gamergate exploded, Yiannopoulos was brought on by Steve Bannon to appeal to gamers, which Bannon himself admits was an attempt to court them politically. In 2014, Yiannopoulos published his first Breitbart article on Gamergate, just a couple of weeks after Eron Gjoni began shopping the story which would become "Gamergate" on 4Chan, Something Awful and Penny Arcade.
What does that have to do with the alt-right? Yiannopoulos was a spokesman for both movements. On March 29, 2016, Milo would publish “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right." It later came out through leaked emails that he was workshopping that article with Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer (who himself publishes on The Daily Stormer) and Devin Saucier (the editor of white supremacist magazine American Renaissance). Then there was that time Yiannopoulos sang “America The Beautiful” in front of a live audience, including Richard Spencer who gave Milo a Sieg Heil.
Great Walls of Fire
While hosting his radio show, Bannon made statements that diverged from 45 years of foreign policy:
We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years, aren’t we? There’s no doubt about that. They’re taking their sandbars and making basically stationary aircraft carriers and putting missiles on those. They come here to the United States in front of our face — and you understand how important face is — and say it’s an ancient territorial sea.
America hereby declares war on China and volunteers Steve Bannon to be our lone soldier. His bravery will not be forgotten.
But...wait, missiles on "aircraft carriers"? Aren't aircraft carriers for planes and stuff?
Bannon says a lot of things, but money talks louder: he has an affinity for grassroots parties, especially those with a "center-right" or "Judeo-Christian" focus. This includes European populist parties like UKIP and the Front National. Putin gets a pass because he
has kompromat on Trump is a strong "traditionalist"/"nationalist".
So what is a traditionalist? Bannon doesn't tell us too much about it, but he does tell us which thinkers promote it. Specifically, he attributes it to two people:
When Vladimir Putin, when you really look at some of the underpinnings of some of his beliefs today, a lot of those come from what I call Eurasianism; he’s got an adviser who harkens back to Julius Evola and different writers of the early 20th century who are really the supporters of what’s called the traditionalist movement, which really eventually metastasized into Italian fascism. A lot of people that are traditionalists are attracted to that.
He doesn't mention the other by name. Still, he references one of Putin's advisors who is a proponent of "Eurasianism", which narrows things down to Aleksandr Dugin—who has also been profiled by Breitbart. Both of those men are prominent fascist thinkers. So, in other words, Bannon says the U.S. needs to consider adopting the ideology put forward by Evola/Dugin, and that the movement they inspired (and their influence on Putin) is one positive thing happening in Russia right now. That's as much of an admission of sympathy for fascism as you're going to get from a Beltway insider.
Shapiro also name-dropped Robert Mercer, because you can't discuss Planet Breitbart without covering the Mercers. Robert M. is a tech guru with some wingnutty libertarian views and is also Trump's biggest financier. The Mercers backed Ted Cruz until he lost momentum, and then realized Trump was a better vehicle. The difference between the two is that the Mercers only care about power (akin to plutocratic Russia), while Bannon is on some sort of holy crusade. If Trump had lost the nomination, the Mercers would have simply shifted their allegiances, whereas Breitbart would not have been as kind—even during the general election.
The Mercers with Bannon founded Cambridge Analytica in 2013. Cambridge Analytica is a big data company which allowed Trump to overperform in the Rust Belt, and was influential in Brexit's success. Guess who sits on the board of Cambridge? That and Breitbart are among the tools at his disposal to nurture a return to nationalism in a variety of countries.
In 2018, Cambridge Analytica was alleged to have committed illegal acts before and during the 2016 Presidential election campaign, including with Facebook data. Cambridge Analytica is also associated with Frontier Services Group (whose CEO is Erik Prince), which provides security to Chinese businesses in Africa.
White House strategist
|—Bannon, forgetting that Cromwell was beheaded for his incompetence.|
“”I can tell you that Karl Rove was never in any meeting in the situation room.
|—Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales|
In 2016, he became the CEO of Trump's presidential campaign. On November 13, he was appointed as the President's chief strategist.
In the early days, Trump and Bannon were ticking off the signs of Putinism like it's a to-do list. The war on media and truth was probably the most blatant aspect of this. It wasn't just CNN who were banned from the White House; it was a sizable chunk of the press pool.(While Breitbart and the Moonie Times got in.) Meanwhile, a man who wants to tear down the world order of the last 150 years was continuously handed more power in the administration. Trump was sealed up in a bubble by those he trusted; consider that this is how Cheney and Rumsfeld got Bush on board for the Iraq war.
Being a self-proclaimed populist with anti-establishment views, Bannon did try and push for a 44% marginal tax rate on the highest earners in the country , presumably in a roundabout attempt to run to the left of Obama. He also broke rank by openly opposing possible military action in North Korea, but his resignation leaves the future of the Land of the Morning Calm uncertain. He also called out the bullshit the DNC pulled on Bernie Sanders in an interview with Bill Maher.
The focus on Trump's "both sides" comment by the press missed what was going on. Trump was probably only dimly aware of what was happening, if even that. But Bannon was basically appointed as a "strategist" to wrangle the Neo-Nazis into going out and stirring the pot. This is an old tactic by right-wing governments. People don't remember that Milo Yiannopoulos, who was working directly under Bannon, was having private meetings with Richard Spencer back before the election. He'd give a speech in a liberal college town, the left would show up, and then the Nazi gangs would get bused in to crack some skulls. It all blew up in Charlottesville, though, with the murder of a woman; Bannon was sacked a few days later. Now those 8chan guys have no idea what to do except channel that energy into the mosque and synagogue shootings.
And in the end, the Trump clan did what they always have done: behead their servants like celebratory bottles of champagne. Trump was annoyed by Bannon and co. pulling a fast one on him, placing Steve on the Security Council via an Executive Order Trump signed without reading. Also, Bannon's at loggerheads with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Kushner is pushing the neoliberal economic policy which Bannon pretends to despise, thus ingratiating him with the Washington crowd to the exclusion of Bannon. The kid literally learned at the knees of Charles Kushner, a guy so ruthless in destroying anyone who opposed him that he once had a prostitute seduce his brother-in-law, got it on tape, and sent the tape to his sister. What a shocker that a day drunk racist got played.
On 3 January 2018, President Trump cut all ties with Bannon, stating, "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” This was in response to Bannon being quoted in a forthcoming book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, regarding Trump's election campaign meeting with agents of the Russian government in Trump Tower. The meeting included Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort: 
“”The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn't have any lawyers. Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.
As is his style, President Trump branded Bannon with the nickname "Sloppy Steve" on his way out the door. This was presumably a reference to Bannon's disheveled looks. Some Trump supporters expressed disappointment that "Stinky Steve" or "Skunky Steve" were not officially chosen.
European gap year
“”I think shares in Bannon are overvalued. This idea that he’s going to become this pan-national Dr Evil figure producing this big radical right alignment ... there are some big barriers to entry. Influence in the US doesn’t really translate to influence in Europe.
|—Robert Ford, University of Manchester|
In 2018 he headed off to Europe, hoping to unite all Europe's far-right parties into one populist and anti-European Union organization, centered around a foundation called "The Movement", which he planned to set up in Brussels, Belgium. The Movement would provide support and possibly money to right-wing populist parties throughout the EU, in the same way that he imagined George Soros controlled Europe's left. To fulfill this scheme, he met with members of several parties:
- Mischaël Modrikamen of Belgium's People's Party, the only politician who accepted his proposal and joined The Movement.
- Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang (formerly Vlaams Blok), also of Belgium.
- Nigel Farage of UKIP in the UK. Like Farage, his attacks on big business are extremely suspect since Bannon got rich by working in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Goldman Sachs. Rob Ford of the University of Manchester said Bannon and Farage had a lot in common: "They have an exaggerated sense of how many people actually bought into their core agenda."
- Jérôme Rivière of France's National Rally (formerly Front National).
- Kent Ekeroth, associated with Sweden Democrats although in trouble with them for being a bit violent.
- Jacob Rees-Mogg of the UK Conservative Party met Bannon in December 2017. Later Rees-Mogg and Bannon both denied that they wanted to be involved with each other, making it hard to know who was genuinely opposed to working with the other and who was just sulking.
- Boris Johnson also of the UK Conservatives met Bannon in July 2018.
Sadly (for him and arguably nobody else), his scheme ran into several problems. Firstly, most European countries have electoral laws governing political parties' operations with bans on foreign funding (it's easy to understand how a former Trump aide would miss this). This meant most parties were legally unable to accept his support. Also some nationalists didn't like foreign interference, including reportedly Marine Le Pen of the French National Rally.
“”It's war. It's war. Every day, we put up: America's at war, America's at war. We're at war. Note to self, beloved commander in chief: We're at war.
Great Walls of Fraud
In 2018, an ultra-right-wing military veteran named Brian Kolfage, started (in lieu of the 2018–2019 United States federal government shutdown, which in part occurred over disputes over funding for Trump's planned "wall" with the United States-Mexico border) a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise money to give to the government some of the wall funding.  Kolfage assured supporters that the fundraiser "is not a scam" (even though Kolfage had run some questionably spammy right-wing conspiratorial ad farms on Facebook in the past) In February 2019, the campaign switched focus away from GoFundMe and directed all attention to a new non-profit group called We Build The Wall Bannon was brought in to chair the advisory board;  other anti-immigrant hard-liners closely associated with Trump, such as Kris Kobach, Tom Tancredo, and Jared Kushner also got involved in the organization. 
In the middle of 2019, a parcel of land near El Paso, Texas was chosen for the initial construction of the wall (with the help of a right-wing militia group called the United Constitutional Patriots, a group that the ACLU described as a "racist and armed" "fascist militia organization" whose activities include illegally detaining migrants entering the United States,  and a landowner sympathetic to their cause). By 2020, a small section of the wall was completed, despite clashes with the International Boundary and Water Commission over failure to get permits, cutting off access to waterways and a public monument, and building a gate for the wall on federal land without authorization.  From some accounts, the construction was completed too hastily. It was poorly designed, to the point where questions were raised over potential flooding. There was concern that erosion could eventually lead to the wall falling into the Rio Grande.
It turns out (of course) that building the wall may not have been the entire purpose of the non-profit. On August 20, 2020, Bannon, Kolfage, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Timothy Shea (a person previously notable for, as the interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, helping to get charges against Michael Flynn dropped and getting Roger Stone's sentence reduced), and financier Andrew Badolato were charged with fraud by federal authorities; Bannon was arrested that day in Connecticut. The charge accused Bannon of funneling more than one million dollars from We Build the Wall through an unnamed nonprofit organization, some of which was used for personal expenses. Kolfage was also charged for funneling $350,000 in donations for personal use. 
Naturally, Donald Trump couldn't just sit there and let a fellow loyal grifter actually get punished for his misdeeds. So, on January 20th 2021, only hours before Trump departed the White House, Trump granted a full presidential pardon to Bannon, perhaps as a protective measure to maintain his loyalty. 
Spreading COVID-19 and 2020 election misinformation
Despite the legal troubles, Bannon had enough followers still willing to listen to him. So Bannon continued to post right-wing bullshit on social media under the program title Steve Bannon's War Room. This eventually got Bannon into trouble when, in one War Room episode in November 2020, he called for pandemic expert Anthony Fauci and FBI director Christopher A. Wray to not only be fired, but to be beheaded and put their "heads on pikes" just like the "old times of Tudor England". The blatant advocacy for violence was enough for Bannon to get permanently booted from Twitter, get the offending episode removed from Youtube, lose the service he was using to mail newsletters (Mailchimp), and, to top it off, lose the legal counsel that was defending him against these fraud charges. Additionally, YouTube banned Bannon's "War Room" program on January 8th, after Rudy Giuliani appeared on the program two days after the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot, and falsely blamed the riot (whose participants were, in reality, largely those in the alt-right or MAGA social sphere) on Democrats.
Although the bans significantly reduced the spread of misinformation, Bannon was still continuing to babble bullshit on his podcast, which was still listed on platforms run by Apple and Google, as well as appearing on an obscure cable and streaming media outlet called "Real America's Voice". In 2021 Bannon's focus increasingly shifted to supporting Donald Trump's bullshit "election fraud" claims, with his show being underwritten by fellow election fraud bullshitter Mike Lindell. Bannon was happy to hosts guests like Lindell and Giuliani, giving them a platform to repeat their baseless fraud allegations (and even wackier bullshit, such as a strange allegation from Giuliani that the Lincoln Project helped participants in the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot). This transpired in spite of pending libel lawsuits by voting machine manufacturers Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic against the two. Bannon also continued to push bullshit advice on COVID-19, featuring guests such as Marjorie Taylor Greene pushing bizarre anti-vaccination or anti-face mask musings.
Unsurprisingly, Bannon also took a page from the playbook of right wing hucksters ranging from Jim Bakker to Infowars, and started hawking his own brand of bullshit supplements on his show using the name "Wellness Warrior". A collection of zinc and Vitamin D3 called the "War Room Defense Pack" was marketed by Bannon as "the ultimate defense against sickness".[note 2] On April 15, 2021, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Wellness Warrior, alleging that they were violating the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act by marketing these simple vitamins as a treatment for COVID-19 that was more effective than vaccination.
- What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read — He's like the Rain Man of nationalism.
- Behold, Steve Bannon’s Hip-Hop Shakespeare Rewrite [No, not The Onion]
- Checkmate, liberals![Still not The Onion]
- Steve Bannon (02/02/2019 - 13:46) FOIA Research
- Grover Norquist — Grover is also an admirer of Lenin.
- Dinesh D'Souza — The best piece of Dinesh trivia is how he made sure the KKK uniforms were research-perfect in his janky movie about how Dems are the real party of racism.
- Bannon also supports Israel, but then the alt-right is pretty firmly pro-Israel, insofar as it's a place where they can send Jews to get rid of them.
- Perhaps as a sign of the slapdash nature of the supplement promotion, the main picture advertising the "War Room Defense Pack" on Bannon's main pandemic site couldn't even correctly spell the URL of the supplements store.
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- The alt-right Leninist
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- "I'm the patron saint of commoners!", Breitbart News Daily with Jordan Schachtel 1.11.16.
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- Breitbart News Daily with Dr. Thomas D. Williams, 2.25.16.
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- Breitbart News Daily with Dr. Thomas D. Williams, 5.11.16.
- Breitbart News Daily with Rosemary Jenks, 12.8.15. (This is pretty much the logic of ISIS, too.)
- Breitbart News Daily with John Guandolo, 7.15.16.
- Breitbart News Daily, with Frank Gaffney, 7.29.16.
- Al-Qaeda likes Steve Bannon so much, they put him on the cover of their official newspaper by Amanda Erickson (March 3 at 2:35 PM) The Washington Post.
- "Journalist Says Steve Bannon Had A 'Years-Long Plan' To Take Down Hillary Clinton", Fresh Air (11/17/16 at 2:20 PM ET).
- How Donald Trump's New Campaign Chief Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists: Breitbart News is "the platform for the alt-right," boasts Stephen Bannon by Sarah PosnerRealist_left (Aug. 22, 2016, 5:00 AM) Mother Jones.
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- Our Team Frontier Services Group
- The Latest: Cambridge Analytica links to Blackwater founder (March 21 at 7:15 AM) Associated Press via The Washington Post.
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- "Former Attorney General Calls Vetting Immigrants A 'Delicate Process'", NPR (1/29/17 at 7:41 PM ET).
- Trump Names Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff, Steve Bannon as Senior Adviser, ABC News, Nov 13, 2016
- "Alt-fact: Trump's White House threatens war on media over 'unfair attacks'". Haaretz. Reuters. January 22, 2017.
- Everett, Burgess, "McCain blasts Bannon placement on National Security Council", Politico (01/29/17 11:52 AM EST).
- Danner, Chas, "Bannon Had to Be Reminded He Wasn’t President", Independent (February 4, 2017 3:26 p.m.).
- Wemple, Erik, "Does Stephen Bannon text Paul Ryan?", WaPo (2/6/17 at 6:12 PM).
- "Donald Trump 'didn't realise he promoted Steve Bannon to National Security Council when he signed order'" by Andrew Buncombe (2/7/17 at 2:22 PM GMT) Independent.
- Bryan, Bob, "Trump reportedly called his national security adviser at 3 a.m. to ask if the US wanted a strong or weak dollar", Business Insider 2.8.17.
- Breitbart News Daily with Brandon Darby & Bob Price, 11.27.15.
- Grim, Ryan, "Steve Bannon is pushing for 44 percent marginal tax rate on the very rich", Intercept (26 July 2017, 3:25 p.m.)
- Stanage, Niall, "Exclusive: Bannon blasts 'con artist' Kochs, 'lame duck' Ryan, 'diminished' Kelly", The Hill (8 August 2018, 6:00 AM EDT).
- McLaughlin, Kelly, "Trump has reportedly said that his speech after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was the 'biggest f---ing mistake' he's made", Business Insider (4 September Sep. 4, 2018, 1:06 PM).
- Bauer, Shane, "What the Media Got Wrong About Last Weekend’s Protests in Berkeley", Mother Jones 29 August 2017.
- Woodhouse, Leighton Akio, "After Charlottesville, the American far right is tearing itself apart", Intercept (21 September 2017, 1:26 p.m.)
- Caroline Bankoff and Jen Kirby, "27-Year-Old ‘Right-Wing Troll’ Charged With Murder in Quebec City Mosque Shooting". NY Mag. January 30, 2017.
- Campbell Robertson, Christopher Mele and Sabrina Tavernise, "11 Killed in Synagogue Massacre; Suspect Charged With 29 Counts", NYT 27 October 2018.
- "New Zealand mosque attacks suspect praised Trump in manifesto", Aljazeera (16 March 2019).
- Trump insists he calls the shots
- Suebsaeng, Awsawin, "Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’ Behind His Back", Daily Beast (4/06/17 at 9:44 AM ET).
- Mansernus, Laura, "Major Donor Admits Hiring Prostitute to Smear Witness", NYT 8/19/14.
- Darcy, Oliver, "Breitbart editors tell staffers to stop writing stories critical of Jared Kushner, sources say", Business Insider (4/10/17 at 12:40 PM).
- Blake, Aaron, "Trump just made some very strange comments about Stephen Bannon", WaPo (4/11/17 at 10:13 PM).
- Trump Breaks With Bannon, Saying He Has ‘Lost His Mind’ --NYT, 3 Jan 2018, by Eileen Sullivan et al.
- Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book by David Smith (Jan 2018 11.32 EST) The Guardian.
- Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff (2018) Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 1250158060.
- Robert Costa and Abby Phillip, "Steven Bannon no longer a member of the National Security Council", WaPo April 5, 2017.
- Henderson, Barney, "Donald Trump 'considering sacking Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus' as simmering West Wing feud engulfs White House", Telegraph 8 April 2017.
- Wegmann, Philip, "Will Steve Bannon take over Heritage after Jim DeMint leaves? Mike Needham won't say", Washington Examiner (30 April 2017, 12:29 PM).
- Farage: Bannon plan could help populists to EU election victory, The Guardian, 29 July 2018
- Steve Bannon plans foundation to fuel far right in Europe, The Guardian, 21 July 2018
- Steve Bannon's far-right Europe operation undermined by election laws, The Guardian, 21 Nov 2018
- The Mayfair dinner that brought Europe's far right together, The Guardian, 21 Nov 2018
- Another Goldman Sachs Alum Joins Donald Trump’s Campaign by Dan Primack (Updated: Aug 17, 2016, 5:43 PM PDT) Fortune.
- The Rise and Fall of Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, Yasmeen Serhan The Atlantic, Jan 2018
- Jacob Rees-Mogg met Steve Bannon to discuss US-UK politics, The Guardian, 1 Dec 2017
- Jacob Rees-Mogg distances himself from Steve Bannon, Reuters, 19 Sep 2018
- Ignore Boris Johnson’s sex life. His flirtation with Steve Bannon is the real worry, Matthew d'Ancona, The Guardian, 9 Sep 2018
- Breitbart News Daily with Katie Gorka, 12.4.15.
- Howe, Neil, "Where did Steve Bannon get his worldview? From my book.", WaPo 2.24.17.
- Blumenthal, Paul. Rieger, JM. This Stunningly Racist French Novel Is How Steve Bannon Explains The World. Huffington Post. 03/04/2017
- "A GoFundMe campaign wants to raise money for a border wall. But it isn't that simple" by Jessica Estepa and Christal Hayes, USA Today, 2018 Dec 20
- "As Trump holds out for border wall funding from Congress, GoFundMe raises nearly $5 million in 3 days" by Carmin Chappell, CNBC, 2018 December 20
- "Founder of viral fundraiser for Trump's border wall has questionable news past" by Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News, 2018 December 20
- "The guy behind the GoFundMe account for Trump’s border wall used a Facebook page network connected to fake news sites to boost his campaign" by Natalie Martinez, Media Matters, 2018 December 20
- "Border wall GoFundMe organizer says Steve Bannon, Kris Kobach now supporting his plans" by Alexis Egeland, The Republic, 2019 Feb 6
- "GoFundMe Border Wall Campaign Implodes, Turns to Kris Kobach and Sheriff Clarke" by Lachian Markay and Will Sommer, Daily Beast, 2019 Jan 11
- "A private group chaired by Steve Bannon has started to build its own border wall after receiving millions from GoFundMe" by Nicole Einbinder, Business Insider, 2019 May 26
- "Vigilantes helped Steve Bannon's group with Private Border Wall Near El Paso" by Debbie Nathan, The Intercept, 2019 May 31
- "ACLU Condemns ‘Vigilantes’ Who Are Allegedly Detaining Migrants On The Border" by Andrew Hay, Huffington Post, 2019 April 19
- "A Militia Scorned: We Build the Wall's Broken Love Affair With New Mexico Vigilantes" by Beau Hodai, Phoenix New Times, 2019 May 1
- "The Group That Built A Privately Funded Border Wall Is Under Criminal Investigation" by Salvador Hernandez, BuzzFeed News, 2019 August 7
- "He Built a Privately Funded Border Wall. It’s Already at Risk of Falling Down if Not Fixed." by Jeremy Schwartz and Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, 2020 July 2
- "Construction to resume Saturday on privately funded U.S.-Mexico border wall" by Jim Thompson, Panama City News Herald, 2020 Jan 10
- "Timothy Shea Is Getting Replaced As D.C.’s Top Federal Prosecutor After Rocky, Short Tenure" by Matt Blitz, DCIst, 2020 May 18
- "Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in ‘We Build the Wall’ Campaign" by Alan Feuer and William K. Rashbaum, New York Times, 2020 August 20
- "Leaders Of ‘We Build The Wall’ Online Fundraising Campaign Charged With Defrauding Hundreds Of Thousands Of Donors", Press Release, US Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York, 2020 August 20
- "Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud" by Shane Savitsky, Axios, 2020 August 20
- "Trump pardons Steve Bannon as one of his final acts in office" By Pamela Brown, Paul LeBlanc and Kaitlan Collins, CNN, 2021 January 20
- "Trump’s Pardon of Bannon Could Raise Risk for 3 Co-Defendants" by Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, 2021 Jan 26
- "Steve Bannon lawyers want off his criminal case after ex-Trump advisor discussed Fauci beheading" by Dan Mangan, CNBC, 2020 November 6
- "Steve Bannon’s show pulled off Twitter and YouTube over calls for violence" by Devin Coldewey, Techcrunch, 2020 November 5
- "Twitter permanently suspends Steve Bannon account after talk of beheading" By Curt Devine, Donie O'Sullivan and Kara Scannell, CNN, 2020 November 6
- "YouTube bans Steve Bannon's podcast channel hours after Rudy Giuliani appeared on an episode and blamed the Capitol siege on Democrats" by Joshua Zitser, Business Insider, 2021 January 9
- "YouTube says it’s getting better at taking down videos that break its rules. They still number in the millions." by Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post,2021 April 6
- "Here are the platforms still streaming Steve Bannon’s podcast" by Justin Horowitz, Media Matters, 2021 January 26
- "Who would allow a host who made death threats to keep his show? Real America's Voice, apparently" by Darrell Lucus, Daily Kos, 2021 March 30
- "Former Trump White House Aide Steve Bannon Still Airs MyPillow Guy’s Election Lies" by S.V. Date, Huffington Post, 2021 March 30
- "Steve Bannon scolds Rudy Giuliani after he falsely claimed the Republican Lincoln Project helped Capitol rioters" by Sophia Ankel, Insider, 2021 Jan 30
- "Marjorie Taylor Greene pushes to "Fire Fauci," ban "vaccine passports"; visits Trump" by Zachary Petrizzo, Salon, 2021 April 2
- "Steve Bannon: Wellness Warrior?" by Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones, 2021 March 20
- "The War Room Defense Pack", www.warroomdefense.com, archived on archive.is on 2021 April 19
- "Steve Bannon's War Room: Pandemic", archived on 2021 April 20
- "Justice Department and FTC Announce Action to Stop Deceptive Marketing of Purported COVID-19 Treatments", Department of Justice, press release, 2021 April 15
- "COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act of the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act", Pub. L. No. 116-260, 134 Stat. 1182, Division FF, Title XIV, § 1401, archived at FTC.GOV