The "Populist Provocateur"


The “Populist Provocateur”

by digby
Steve Bannon says he hates elites so, you know, he’s cool. He wants to put some bad rich guys in jail even (although probably not all the ones that he and Trump are putting in the cabinet or the ones who donated or the ones who Jared Kushner is involved with or any of Trump’s other business partners.) But the bad ones. You know. The ones they don’t like. 

That’s because he a “populist” dontcha know.  And he also has some other ideas:

Ms. Jones, the film colleague, said that in their years working together, Mr. Bannon occasionally talked about the genetic superiority of some people and once mused about the desirability of limiting the vote to property owners. 

“I said, ‘That would exclude a lot of African-Americans,’” Ms. Jones recalled. “He said, ‘Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.’ I said, ‘But what about Wendy?’” referring to Mr. Bannon’s executive assistant. “He said, ‘She’s different. She’s family.’”

Here’s another guy who has similar beliefs, at least about genetic superiority:

These guys really believe this stuff. It’s not a pose. And their followers believe it too.

By the way, the great populist hero of the late 19th century, William Jennings Bryan, was a big eugenics fan too.

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