President Trump’s bid to expand the economy is aimed at helping blacks and Hispanics get jobs and raises which if successful could put many in the Republican column and give the party long-term dominance, former top aide Stephen K. Bannon says in a new biography.
“Once we get 25 percent or 30 percent of the black working class, once we get 25 percent or 30 percent of the Hispanic working class, we’re gonna govern for 100 years,” he said in a new biography, Bannon, Always the Rebel by White House reporter Keith Koffler. It goes on sale Monday.
Countering the media’s portrayal of Bannon as a racist, he said, “The reorganization of the Republican Party into a worker’s party, that’s what I focus on every day.”
He added, “I come from a black neighborhood. They’re conservative people. More conservative than the radicals I see coming out of the Cato Institute. You give me the Cato Institute versus a black, working-class neighborhood…[and I’ll take] the black working-class neighborhood, because it is workers, not libertarian theorists, who are the backbone of the country.”
While Tuesday’s elections, especially in Virginia, showed Democrats on the comeback, Bannon told Koffler that he believes the division in the Democratic Party is killing it.
“The greatest power we’ve had in the destruction of the Democratic Party is the creation of ‘the resistance.’ Particularly, it’s the aspect of the multicultural, open borders, illegal immigration” [If the Democrats] can create democratic nationalism as a counter, we’ll be in a fight for power for the next 50 years. If we take that off the table, we own them as a party. They will never be able to regroup. They will stay in their identity politics and continue to lose, and lose, and lose, and lose. And the more gasoline we throw on the resistance, the more they freeze up,” said Bannon.
“As long as they’re involved in identity politics, as long as they think ‘It’s alt-right, and racism, and anti-Semitism, they’re never going to focus on what the real issues are, which is really about working class economics. That’s all I’m focused on. And as long as they can’t answer that…they’re in a cul-de-sac that they literally can’t get out of to win. And that’s the place that I want them in right now,” added Bannon, back as the chief of Breitbart News.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org