The New York Times just dubbed him America's 'de facto president'. Foreign Policy Magazine published an op-ed about 'President' Bannon's pivotal role in the policy havoc of the last 10 days, and a popular Twitter campaign is calling on the US government to #StopPresidentBannon.
President Donald Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is widely seen as an Islamophobe-homophobe-white nationalist who is quickly consolidating power in the White House. America's most respected experts warn that this shadowy figure pulls all the policy strings, and they have gone as far as to call him Trump's puppet master.
"The puppet master is leading the Trump administration down a road of carnage," writes Council on Foreign Relations fellow Max Boot in Foreign Policy Magazine.
He is reported to be the driving force behind key decisions such as the Muslim-targeted immigration ban. And it seems this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Trump's 'de facto president' has repeatedly called for holy wars against Islam, and for the rallying of "Christian militias".
“We are in an outright war against jihadists, Islam, Islamic fascism,” Bannon said in an address to a conference at the Vatican in 2014.
This video where Bannon calls for the rise of the "church militant" should give you pause.
Bannon sounded alarm bells as Trump's first White House appointment in November. Now the outcry intensifies. Trump has granted Bannon a permanent seat at the National Security Council, a group that deliberates some of most sensitive decisions about war and peace.
The former head of the far-right Breitbart News has reportedly touted anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia and, most significantly, White Nationalism, which he puts under the guise of the new popularized, sanitized term: the alternative right, or Alt-Right.
"All this may seem like boring bureaucratic chart-making, but who sits at the National Security Council table when the administration debates issues of war and peace can make a real difference in decisions," writes the New York Times editorial board.
The end result is that a man, who wholeheartedly believes that we are in the throes of a civilizational war between the West and the rest, will have a major impact on the conflicts waged on our planet.
Bannon previously said:
If you look back at the long history of the Judeo-Christian West struggle against Islam, I believe that our forefathers kept their stance, and I think they did the right thing. I think they kept it out of the world, whether it was at Vienna [presumably during the Battle of Vienna in 1683], or Tours [presumably during the Battle of Tours in 732], or other places. … We’re in a war of immense proportions. It’s very easy to play to our baser instincts, and we can’t do that. But our forefathers didn’t do it either. And they were able to stave this off, and they were able to defeat it, and they were able to bequeath to us a church and a civilization that really is the flower of mankind...
And it's not just Islam that he sees as an enemy. Bannon also lumps atheism and socialism into the malevolent forces that he wants to duke it out with.
Bannon's detractors hail from some of the most conservative elements of US government. Ultra-right-wing analyst Glen Beck likened him to Hitler's propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.
Beck said that Bannon is “quite possibly the most dangerous guy in all of American politics.”
With the appointment of Bannon to the NSC, it seems he might also be the most dangerous guy in all of World politics, too.