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‘Darkness is good’: Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon compares himself to Dick Cheney and ‘Satan’

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Former Goldman Sachs executive and Breitbart.com executive Steve Bannon’s appointment as a top advisor to President-elect Donald Trump ignited a firestorm of controversy due to Bannon’s alleged alignments with white supremacists, anti-Semites and neo-Nazi white nationalists.

In an interview published Friday in The Hollywood Reporter, Bannon denied that he is a racist and said that his views are based in economics, not in racial politics, and that he loves being hated by liberals.

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“Darkness is good,” Bannon told the Reporter’s Micahel Wolff. “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.”

“I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” he told Wolff, who described Bannon as dressing “like a grad student.” “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f*cked over.”

Bannon said that the administration will push a “trillion-dollar infrastructure plan” and “rebuild everything. Ship yards, iron works, get them all jacked up.”

However, economists have noted that Trump’s economic policies — what we know of them — will hurt precisely the working poor people who voted for him. His tariff plans on Chinese goods will make consumer items more expensive. His plan to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy will gut the treasury and force the curtailment of social services.

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In the Reporter interview, Bannon went on to call his boss “the greatest orator since William Jennings Bryan,” whose “economic populist” message resonated with Americans who feel left behind by the government.

Bannon, Wolff noted, will be working opposite consummate Republican Party insider Reince Priebus, who will be, Wolff said, “in charge of making the trains run on time” and “reporting to the president.”

It is an oft-repeated aphorism about Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini that — in spite of colluding with the Nazis, committing atrocities against the people of Italy and jailing and executing his political enemies — at least he “made the trains run on time.”

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Historical fact, however, says that while Mussolini did in fact benefit from improvements to the Italian rail system that took place before he took office, under the fascists, Italian trains were no more or less prompt than they were prior to the dictator’s “March on Rome” in 1922.


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WATCH: Lewandowski’s lawyer freaks out, tries to block Congress from asking any further questions

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During the House Judiciary Committee testimony of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski about the Russia investigation, Lewandowski's attorney frantically crashed the witness table and demanded that Congress stop asking questions of his client.

"Mister Chairman, as you know I am counsel for Mr. Lewandowski—" began the attorney.

"You are not a witness and you should not be seated at that table," cut in House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sharply.

"I understand that," said Lewandowski's attorney. "I will leave after I register a formal protest based upon the debate that I heard. These seem to be unauthorized questions and I know you choose your words carefully—"

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Lewandowski’s testimony will let Democrats build Nixon-like articles of impeachment: Ex-prosecutor

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As President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski combatively testified before the House Judiciary Committee, he admitted that Trump asked him to communicate to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation must be shut down. Aside from that revelation, most of the testimony was unproductive, with Lewandowski lashing out at members of Congress and running interference for the president.

But as former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote on Twitter, these outbursts — and the fact that Trump sanctioned the way that Lewandowski behaved in the hearing — could be the basis for Democrats to write up articles of impeachment against Trump similar to those drafted against Richard Nixon in 1974:

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Putin aims a weaponized barb at Trump over Saudi attack – and hits the mark

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Russian President Vladimir Putin joked this week about selling defense systems to Riyadh following weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The gag was aimed at US President Donald Trump and it hit the mark with the precision of a guided weapon.

It was a masterful piece of trolling by the czar of trolls – a snide, disparaging jibe with an element of truth twisted into absurdity for maximum effect and laughs. At a joint press conference with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Ankara on Monday, Putin cast his bait into the volatile Persian Gulf region just days after devastating attacks on Saudi oil facilities exposed the limits of the Gulf kingdom’s expensive defense systems.

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