Listen: Lou Garcia Navarro Steve Bannon, President Trump, New York Times discussed on Weekend Edition Sunday
"Public, radio This is weekend edition from NPR news I'm Lou Garcia Navarro Steve Bannon has been mostly out of the picture since being fired by President Trump more than, a year ago but now he's back and he has a new film the. Left wants to undo our country they, want to, take away to, feelings we have we, have created two point four, million twenty eighteen is a referendum as to whether or. Not duly elected president is allowed to do his job The president is unstoppable But. He's only one man This is tough stuff Fighting a war the film is. Called Trump at war Jerry Peters is a reporter for the New York Times who's covered Bannon. For a while now and he joins us while, he's on the road. Welcome to the program thank. You for having me so I have not. Seen Trump at War I. Like the scoring there it sounds like something out of the omen you have. And it. Sounds dramatic it is I know the music I it makes it sound like it's a, bruckheimer movie or something but I think what Steve, Bannon always understood well and part of the reason that he, and Trump always saw I is this shared this belief that Trump is in in the people who subscribed to Trump's beliefs in the direction you wanted to take the country and we're always going. To be under siege now I think a lot, of that is exaggerated but in the case of this midterm, election in this. Context it certainly isn't because if the, Democrats take the house One thing that that Steve Bannon is right about. Is Trump isn't as we know it. Is under threat is this not just a propaganda film I mean even in the clip we. Just heard there's an untruth about job creation under, Trump Steve Bannon is. One of the more astute. Followers of propaganda that I think we've seen. In modern American politics and. Even he would not dispute the notion that this is a pure propaganda film. And Ben. Is a lot of success, with these kinds of things he had a film that he, produced before the two thousand sixteen election called Clinton, cash and it propelled a narrative that made it into the, mainstream media and is credited with helping Trump into the White House and he's made you know other conservative documentaries for lack of a better word is this one any different than those I think. The stakes are higher with this one and certainly, this one we'll get if not more attention as much attention, as the ones. Did a during the campaign released were Always films, that were meant for a relatively small audience Bannon likes to say. The purpose of this project is to quote Jack up the deplorables meaning that these people, who love President Trump but who feel like they are looked down on by the liberals by the media elite says they like to say, this is, really aimed at igniting their passions and driving them. To the polls now whether or not? That ends up happening I think is a totally open question how does this fit into the broader Republican strategy is the Republican establishment happy to see him and have his help No not at all I think there was a sense, of relief when Bannon was forced out. Of the White House and then left Breitbart under? Pressure that he wasn't going to be meddling in American politics anymore His emergence back on the, scene is not something that is at all a welcome sight to people like Mitch McConnell and the House Republican, leadership because they think that he is going. To alienate the very. Types of. Independent, minded suburban voters. Especially women that this election may very well hinge on Jeremy Peters is a reporter for the New York Times and he covers Steve Bannon among other things thank you so much thank you."