Trump's Top Leadership Adhere to a Worldview in which the non-White World is their Enemy
There are no specific Congressional asks in this section. Simply a list of articles that help get inside the mind of these men who are frightened by women, people of color, non-Christians, LGBTQ, countries with non-white populations, progress on climate change, reality as most people experience it and their own emotional range, or lack there of (probably).
Steve Bannon: A Rookie Campaign Chief who Loves the Fight (New York Times): A profile of Trump's then-campaign manager Steve Bannon, former editor of Brietbart news, the alt-right, conspiracy-theory leaning outlet that brazenly paints the picture that the whole capitalist system needs to be torn down. Bannon worked for Goldman Sachs and in Hollywood before taking at run at politics, and finding Sessions and Trump. He appears to have turned into this obsessed anti-establishment zealot after his father was fired from his position at a telephone company, leading Bannon to lean into his "blue-collar" roots and begin his rampage of faux-empathy with post-industrial Americans.
Steve Bannon's World View (Buzzfeed finds a transcript from a live interview in LA)
A review of Steve Bannon's documentary films (Politico): Spoiler alert They are not good films. He is very black and white. Christianity is under attack. Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and Pat Robertson will save us.
Steve Miller: The Believer (Politico): A conservative from Southern California, Miller has become a right-wing diehard. He's convinced himself that the world is against his people. But he's also a policy wonk who has worked for Bachmann and Sessions.
"Miller was hired by [Cory] Lewandowski from the office of Jeff Sessions, one of the most conservative and nativist members of the U.S. Senate... In the Senate, Sessions was often Trump before Trump was Trump. He was an early advocate of a bigger, better, taller border fence. He has spoken for years about “Islamic extremism.” In 2009, as the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he went after Sonia Sotomayor during her Supreme Court nomination hearings with a line of attack that now sounds familiar. “You have evidenced, I think it's quite clear, a philosophy of the law that suggests that the judge's background and experiences can and should—even should and naturally will impact their decision,” Sessions said, adding that it was antithetical “to the American ideal.”
Return of the 1920s (the Atlantic): Trump's team spent the campaign extolling the virtues of the policies of the 1920's, when nationalist tendencies ran high.
"The 1924 law also superseded the Gentleman’s Agreement of 1907 between the Roosevelt Administration and Japan, to restrict Japanese immigration without barring it entirely. That earlier agreement had created a steady flow of picture brides crossing the Pacific; the 1924 law closed that loophole, reducing Japanese immigration from 7,700 per year to about 100.
The stated goal of the bill’s sponsors and supporters was to enhance an ethnically and racially homogeneous American population. (As it happened, Mexicans and other Central Americans were among the only national or ethnic groups ignored by the law. Businesses and farms in California, and elsewhere in the Southwest, endorsed the need for cheap labor that, they assumed, would quickly return across the open border when no longer needed. No one else objected.)
The theory of eugenics was championed in books like Madison Grant’s The Passing of the Great Race and the Harvard-trained historian Lothrop Stoddard’s The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy. Grant, Stoddard, and other scholars argued that the growth of genetically inferior non-white races would ultimately overwhelm the intellectually superior Northern European or “Nordic” race and end white civilization. During this period, eugenics experts regularly testified before Congress and academic study of the field began in hundreds of colleges around the country."
Department of Justification (New York Times):
"Why would the Trump administration paint a picture so starkly at odds with reality? It’s simple: A vision of the nation besieged provides clear justification for policies that will advance Sessions, Bannon and Miller’s divisive nationalism. In the administration’s early moves, we can already see the contours beginning to take shape. An executive order presented as an emergency measure to protect the country from terrorists winds up barring immigrants coming here to study or work from seven countries that have not been a source of terrorist attacks in the United States since Sept. 11. Another order refers to immigrants who “pose a risk to public safety” and then makes millions of the undocumented people in the country a priority for deportation. Impending catastrophe grants the president broad powers, and those powers are used broadly."
Bannon spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about his obsession with power:
"Darkness is good," says Bannon, who amid the suits surrounding him at Trump Tower, looks like a graduate student in his T-shirt, open button-down and tatty blue blazer — albeit a 62-year-old graduate student. "Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power. It only helps us when they" — I believe by "they" he means liberals and the media, already promoting calls for his ouster — "get it wrong. When they're blind to who we are and what we're doing."
Steve Bannon is profiled by the Wall Street Journal. In the article, the WSJ repeats the origin story that Bannon has shared with several outlets: his hatred for America's systems stems from a profound admiration for his father, an AT&T company man, who lost his savings in the 2008 market crash. From there, his libertarian politics solidified and he became more determined to position himself against system, ironic as it may be, given his background in banking.