Written by Staff Writer at CNN
This post was originally published on Dec. 1, 2017.
Steve Bannon is the longest serving White House strategist in US history.
Described as a right-wing ideologue, Bannon came to prominence as Donald Trump’s campaign manager. He’s frequently been at the center of controversies throughout his career. CNN Editor-at-Large Fareed Zakaria conducted a deep dive into the Bannon story on “Reliable Sources” Friday.
Below is an excerpt from the conversation.
Fareed Zakaria: This whole Bannon-Trump battle is driven by what Bannon sees as lies, what they don’t see as lies. They believe in some extent that the entire system is rigged in favor of them — that institutions are designed to protect them, to protect — A lot of them may actually think that’s right.
Bannon: What Bannon sees is an apparatus that was designed in the 1980s by the Republican establishment to protect wealthy Republicans from the socialist Democrats. It was designed to protect the interests of the party elite from the rising force of the populist movement. And this is his argument with Trump. Trump entered at the top of this apparatus, and all the time, no matter what he said or what he believed, people said, “Oh, he’s a crazy guy.” And now, because of Trump, people like Bannon feel like they need to address their grievance… In other words, Bannon believes that this machine is the enemy… Bannon believes that the ideology that was developed by every Republican president for the last 40 years has been the enemy of the populist movement.