The former editor of the far-right news website Breitbart Steve Bannon critics intensified their efforts after last weekend’s racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va. Outraged over President Trump’s insistence that “both sides” were to blame for the violence that erupted during a white nationalist rally, leaving one woman dead, human rights activists demanded that the president fire so-called nationalists working in the West Wing.
The rally, attended by neo-Nazis and white supremacists, was in protest at the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, a general who fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy during the US Civil War.
Speaking on Tuesday, the same day that President Trump was being assailed for his response to the Charlottesville protests, Bannon also dismissed the right-wing fringe as “a collection of clowns.” He said the more liberals talk about “identity politics,” the easier it will be for President Trump to defeat Democrats by focusing on economic nationalism.
“Ethno-nationalism – it’s losers. It’s a fringe element,” Bannon said. “I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.”
“These guys are a collection of clowns.”
However, Bannon, who formerly led the right-wing website Breitbart, said focusing on race would help the Republicans politically.
“The Democrats, the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”
Bannon also said pursuing a military option with North Korea in the face of its nuclear threats is useless.
“There’s no military solution, forget it,” Bannon said. “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul [South Korea] don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”