Bannon is a nationalist.
Bannon’s political brand, like his boss’s, is something he calls “America first” nationalism — a kind of hard-right, muscular populism that thinks of itself as being in opposition to what Bannon calls “globalism.” Globalists, he argues, are members of the “Davos class” who subordinate the interests of their own country to those of the transnational financial elite. “I’m a nationalist,” Bannon told the Hollywood Reporter shortly after Trump won the election. “I’m an economic nationalist. 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---ed over.”
But Bannon is a globalist in the sense that he considers Trump’s rise to be the American culmination of a right-wingpopulist global uprising that includes Brexit and the ascent of nationalist politicians and parties in France, Italy, Poland and elsewhere. Of course, Bannon’s Traditionalist philosophy also inclines in a globalist direction. While his focus in the White House may be the United States, he thinks in much broader, global terms.