Stephen Bannon has a cunning plan to hand Marine Le Pen France’s presidency. That’s just his opening bid in a plot to annihilate the Euro and demolish the European Union.  Bannon’s strategy to launch Breitbart News in France in January was foiled, however, when a 22-year old student activist purchased the domain name and similar site names. Viva today’s French resistance! The student, wishing to be known only as “Antonin”, well imagines the dangers of provoking the most powerful person on the planet, Stephen Bannon. 

It was Breitbart, after all, that helped install the US president and helped promote Brexit in partnership with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage.  Last November, Bannon hired Marine’s niece Marion, the notorious Neo-Nazi National Front (NF) member as Breitbart expands his influence into the European continent. Having just aced his mission as CEO of Trump’s campaign, Bannon turned his gaze across the Atlantic to continue his ambition to build “an entirely new political movement.”  Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian prime minister made a point of saying that Bannon’s “enormous influence” over President Trump undermined the future of the European Union. That’s an unprecedented statement made about a man many have dubbed “President Bannon”. 

Cromwell meets Lenin

"I am Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors." Bannon said in a Trump Tower interview, adding, “I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything.” The former movie producer also told the Hollywood reporter, “It will be as exciting as the 1930’s.” Prince Charles warned that the “horrific lessons of the last war seem to be in danger of being forgotten.” Bannon is sowing the very seeds of populism and nationalism that sparked the conflict and promoting a Neo-Nazi, to boot. Is it a coincidence that Breitbart has a London site and anti-Semitic hate crime in the UK is at a record high?

And just which excitement of the 1930’s is Bannon referring to? The Nazi Party taking power and passing laws discriminating against Jews or perchance Germany invading Poland? The US languished in an economic depression for most of the decade, although it did spring into industrial production when it went to war. A year ago, before Bannon’s rapid ascent into a position of power, he predicted the US would be involved in wars in both China and the Middle East. Bannon’s in a position to start them, now. 

Bannon described himself as a “Leninist” in 2013, regarding his political goals of disruption. He said he shared Lenin’s goal of destroying the state, adding that he wanted “to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Actually, he doesn’t understand Lenin, who was utterly against capitalism. Anyway, he’s walked that one back since Trump’s win, saying “This is not the French Revolution. What Trump represents is a restoration of true American capitalism.” 

Not a French Revolution?

Marine Le Pen could perhaps borrow the €300,000 she owes from her ardent supporter Steven Bannon, but she’s indignant about paying back the funds the government says she misused for an aide’s salary at the NF’s Paris headquarters. She’s receiving Bannon’s Breitbart support because he’s panting for a Frexit, with the ultimate aim of destroying the euro (which Trump recently called “over-valued”). Le Pen says her victory would be followed by an exit from the currency in a six-month negotiation. She’s also said: “The euro ceases to exist the moment that France leaves.”

Breitbart News’ popularity has only increased since a poll in 2015 showed it was the sole news source for 3% of Americans. An overwhelming majority of them identified with views termed alt-right, that new label sported by what would simply be called right-wing white nationalism and anti-immigrant xenophobia until recently.  Using fear tactics, Breitbart normalizes demonizing those of different faiths and cultures, spinning the aggression into a grooming process for angry young men. 

Normally a bastion of free speech, University of California’s Berkeley campus was the scene of furious protests on February 1st when Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to give a speech. Violent demonstrations led to the Breitbart editor’s speech being cancelled and the campus being placed in a lock down. His role in pedaling fake news about Hillary Clinton that would be repeated so often it became accepted as fact was seen in the propaganda: “Hillary Clinton is funded by people who murder homosexuals.”

Yiannopoulos also said: “Europe is about to fall, Sweden is going, Germany is going, France is going.”  America’s role in this will “be the preserver of that inheritance.” President Trump threatened to cut Federal funding to the University, tweeting that it “does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view.”

Le Pen, the president’s pen and President Bannon?

Donald Trump has been wrongly called “unpredictable”; that’s because analysts are watching him and not Stephen Bannon. The New York Times opinion article titled President Bannon? didn’t waste time pointing out Bannon’s xenophobic language writ large in Trump’s inauguration speech. Instead, they pointed to Bannon’s “fingerprints” on each of Trump’s executive orders. The executive order issued on Saturday prominently positioning Bannon on the National Security Council, suggests he’s surpassed his role as a Svengali, becoming “the de facto president.” 

The alarming reality is that Trump relies on Bannon daily, increasingly more than senior advisor son-in-law Jared Kushner. Bannon’s presence in the small circle who decide US national security policy has alarmed former officials who described it as the difference between war and peace. Trump’s top political adviser appears to be playing him much the way Iago wound up Othello. 

That’s closer to the role he’s playing than the one he was compared to when he still ran Breitbart: Hitler’s propagandist, Joseph Goebbels. Breitbart’s propaganda machine may well deliver the French presidency to Marine Le Pen, but she should beware of the means of her ascent. Isn't it obvious that power is Bannon’s price for delivering the title of president?