‘Darkness is good’: Trump’s chief strategist explains ‘power’ using Darth Vader

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Stephen Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump’s top strategist pick, reveals the magical ingredient behind success and power to be “darkness,” and explains how Trump’s rivals’ blindness only plays into his hands in a new interview.

"Darkness is good," Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter’s Michael Wolff in a rare interview. "Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”

Bannon, who replaced Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort in August, and has since been promoted to White House “chief strategist,” has faced fierce criticism from Democrats and civil rights groups for alleged racism and anti-Semitism.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has called Bannon a “racist individual,” urging Trump to rescind his appointment. More than 150 members of Congress have echoed the same message.

"I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist. I'm an economic nationalist," Bannon “mockingly” told Wolff. "The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f***ed over.”

He has criticized Democrats, saying they have “lost sight of what the world is about,” which cost Hillary Clinton’s team the victory. Another misstep of Clinton’s campaign, which helped Trump win, was what he called “the media bubble.”

"It's just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no f***ing idea what's going on,” he said. “It's a closed circle of information from which Hillary Clinton got all her information — and her confidence. That was our opening."

Bannon shared he has a plan to “build an entirely new political movement.”

"It's everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I'm the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan,” he said.

He also advocates for “negative interest rates throughout the world” as the “greatest opportunity to rebuild everything.”

“Shipyards, ironworks, get them all jacked up. We're just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement,” he said.