Stephen Kevin "Steve" Bannon (born November 27th, 1953) is a U.S. veteran, businessman, conservative media personality, and political advisor and activist. He served as the chief strategist on the White House staff under President Donald J. Trump from his inauguration until August 2017. Until August 2016, Bannon was the executive chairman of conservative news source Breitbart News.
Bannon joined the United States Navy in 1977 and became an officer in six months. He became a strong supporter of Ronald Reagan after he saw Jimmy Carter's destructive left-wing policies – before that, he was apolitical. He served for seven years.
Bannon and Roger Ailes of Fox News Channel had relations with each other and were "allies" to an extent but also were rivals, competing for their differing visions for the Republican Party and for greater influence over Trump. Bannon won out on the struggle after Trump became the GOP nominee. During the campaign, Bannon warned Ailes about Megyn Kelly, with the former telling Ailes that she would betray him. That came true in July 2016.
Due to his conservative, nationalist views, as well as his strong opposition to the mainstream media, the MSM has been ruthless in trying to oust him from the White House. More moderate members in the White House also oppose him. Due to that opposition, Bannon has been falsely claimed to be "racist," even though these claims have been refuted. In fact, Bannon has called white supremacists and racists "a collection of clowns."
On August 18, 2017, the White House announced that Bannon was leaving his role, effective immediately. The UK's Guardian newspaper reported that minutes earlier a White House insider and Trump ally had confided that the leaks over previous days about Bannon's role were "part of an effort to pressure the White House aide to step down." The source claimed: "They are trying to get him to quit." The Guardian also noted that "[Bannon's] absence means more power and influence for figures such as Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and the national economic council chair, Gary Cohn, who have few, if any, ideological ties to the Republican party and the conservative movement." On the same day his resignation was announced, 20 grassroots conservative groups sent a letter to President Trump asking him to keep Bannon, along with Kellyanne Conway.
- "The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States."
- "Breitbart reveals owners: CEO Larry Solov, the Mercer family and Susie Breitbart", February 25, 2017. Retrieved on August 10, 2017.
- Kennedy, Douglas (March 30, 2017). Fox News Exclusive: The making of Steve Bannon, from young Navy man to White House power player. Fox News. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
- Steve Bannon: I Warned Ailes About Megyn Kelly — ‘She’s the Devil’. Breitbart News. April 21, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
- Boyle, Matthew (July 19, 2016). Exclusive — Fox News Stars Stand With Roger Ailes Against Megyn Kelly, More Than 50 Fox Contributors, All Primetime, Willing To Walk. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
- Kurtz, Howard (April 14, 2017). Bannon bashing: Why the press is targeting the Trump aide as barely hanging on. Fox News. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- Establishment Rising in Trump’s White House: Noonan Says Efforts to ‘Take Out’ Bannon ‘Low, Unseemly, Ugly’. Breitbart News. April 14, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- Steve Bannon's former partner in Hollywood says Trump strategist is no racist. Fox News. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
- Siegel, Josh (August 16, 2017). Steve Bannon: 'Fringe' far-right who rallied in Charlottesville are 'a collection of clowns'. Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
- Pollak, Joel B. (August 16, 2017). Bannon Calls Left-Wing Journalist to Declare Economic War on China. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
- Bannon calls far right 'clowns,' says enemies are 'wetting themselves,' in rare interview. Fox News. August 16, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
- Jacobs, Ben (August 18, 2017) "Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist, removed from role." London: The Guardian. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- Moons, Michelle (August 18, 2017). 20 Grassroots Conservative Groups Come Out in Support of Steve Bannon. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- Easley, Jonathan (August 18, 2017). Bannon back at Breitbart after White House ouster. The Hill. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- ‘Populist Hero’ Stephen K. Bannon Returns Home to Breitbart. Breitbart News. August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- McCaskill, Nolan D. (January 27, 2017). Trump backs Bannon: 'The media is the opposition party'. Politico. Retrieved January 27, 2017.