Stephen K. Bannon:  “Victory begets Victory”

By Michael Hernandez

ANAHEIM—“Victory begets Victory,” said Breibart Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon at the 2017 California GOP convention kickoff on free speech Friday.  “Donald J. Trump’s coalition of limited government (citizens), libertarians, populists, and evangelical Christians can govern for 50-75 years if we hold the coalition together.  It is not going to be easy.”

California State GOP Chair Jim Brulte, called Bannon, a leader in the effort to “drain the swamp,” a pledge made during Donald Trump’s campaign for president. Bannon’s views as a nationalist, economic populist and nativist shaped Trump’s message to voters.  Since leaving the Trump administration, Bannon  “declared war” on the GOP establishment (one week ago), including supporting challengers to incumbents disloyal to President Trump and the conservative agenda.  Bannon on Friday, called himself “the wing man outside of the White House for Donald Trump.

“Our country is in a crisis.  We have to move with urgency.  The working class people have responded to Donald Trump–the only person who could have beaten Hillary Clinton.   He is a very imperfect individual, but an instrument of God’s will–it took the hand of divine providence to win.

 “Washington D.C. now has seven of the nine richest counties in the nation, this is higher capital than Silicon Valley controlled by the consulting class, the donor class, the lobbyists and the politicians they own taking the country into a very dangerous direction,” said Bannon.  “The permanent political class is one of the great dangers we face.

 “We put together a team for Donald J. Trump last year in 72 hours.” Bannon recalled the “path to victory” using data analytics to “break the Blue Wall up North.”

Bannon said:   “Think about Donald Trump at 70 years of age, the culmination of life last spring, with no reason to run for President of the United States, but he felt he had a duty to his country.”  Trump was outspent by Hillary Clinton $2.2 billion to $750 million said Bannon.

“For Hillary, this was not about policy—immigration or tax policy but it was about politics for personal destruction–to destroy Donald Trump’s existential threat to the system.

Bannon mentioned the GOP Alabama Senate race won by Judge Roy Moore over former Attorney General Luther Strange supported with $9 million from Senate Chair Mitch McConnell.  “We had to prove that donor money and Mitch McConnell money doesn’t mean victory.  We were outspent $32 million to $2 million. We see the power of evangelicals with populists.  When they come together, they can’t be beaten.”

Bannon told the GOP attendees:  “We don’t have a problem with ideas; it is about winning, rolling up your sleeves.  It is not about Donald Trump, Mark Meadows (House Freedom Caucus chair), Senator Ted Cruz, or Steve Bannon to get it done.  Each one of you, the people of this convention are going to get it done.”

“This is not about race, color, gender, religion or secular preferences  The question we need to ask:  “Are you a citizen of the United States of America?”

Saturday’s agenda includes a lunch banquet speech by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield with afternoon speeches by Fox News Channel host Jeanine and conservative activist Charlie Kirk and a dinner banquet speech by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas.


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: hernandez.mike@aol.com

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.


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