‘Populist national revolt’ grips west and is coming to Australia - Bannon warns
In a contentious interview with ABC’s Sarah Ferguson, the former executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News website, said that the West was in the midst of a “populist national revolt” and that the global revolution was “coming to Australia” soon. His comments echoed those he made recently in Europe, where he envisions helping to form a pan-European far-right political bloc.
Bannon’s major focus in the interview was on China and its relationship with Australia, which he said had been “too much of an appeaser” under former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who was recently ousted by his own party and replaced by social conservative Scott Morrison.
Bannon said that Australia was at the “frontlines” of the “economic war” with China. “Australia is at the tip of the spear of this,” he said, referencing the currently strained relations between the two countries over China’s policies in the South China Sea, Australia’s new foreign interference laws which were seen to be targeting China, and Australia’s decision to ban Chinese telecoms companies Huawei and ZTE from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network over national security risks — a move which Huawei called “politically motivated”.
China, Bannon said, was a “totalitarian mercantilist system” that was at war with the West and does not play by any rules. “They [China] don’t have any internal rules. It’s a completely totalitarian regime,” he said. Bannon called himself a “hawk” on China, reasoning that if the country is not confronted “bad things are going to happen”.
Asked who he thought might end up challenging Trump in the 2020 election, Bannon said that since we are living in a “media age,” it was possible someone like Oprah Winfrey or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could end up having “real opportunities”.
Some Australians who took to Twitter after Bannon’s interview weren’t so sure about the revolution prediction, however, with some suggesting that Americans like Bannon were known for thinking they were “God's f*cking gift to the world” and could tell other countries what to do.
I'm a bit over fast-talking Americans & their know-it-all, arrogant attitudes who come to Australia & think they can tell us all what to do & interrupt all the time, they think they're God's fucking gift to the world. Rack off, we're fine without you Bannon #fourcorners#auspol— Bee (@BelindaJones68) September 3, 2018
One Australian media personality criticized ABC for giving Bannon such a huge platform for her revolution “recruitment efforts”.
Curious to understand more about the decision to run Breitbart's Steve Bannon in an open ended one-on-one interview format on Australia's prime-time investigative program, @4corners@FergusonNews? A platform and a half for his particular recruitment efforts.#4Corners— Natasha Mitchell🎧🎙 (@natashamitchell) September 3, 2018
Another user said Bannon’s rhetoric about revolution was a ploy to “get workers to vote against their self interest by using nationalism as a cloak for policies that aid the wealthy,” while another said the former Trump advisor was “deluding himself” if he thought his brand of politics would work in Australia.
That Steve Bannon interview on #4corners scared the life out of me. His tricks can work - get workers to vote against their self interest by using nationalism as a cloak for policies that aid the wealthy. Should have focused questions on who benefits most from Trump policies.— Tristan Edis (@TristanEdis) September 3, 2018
Steve Bannon, in thinking he is going to import his special brand of Right-Wing @GOP Poison into #Auspol-ia is deluding himself @FergusonNews. He's deluding himself @JamesDelingpole, because he has no deep knowledge of the rhythms of #Australia's History, the operation of our https://t.co/GEKSZwyZEw— Ian Carter (@venusboy1977) September 2, 2018