MILO: Don’t Be Fooled, Uncle Steve Is Still The Most Dangerous Man In Politics

I loved working with Steve Bannon, because I recognized in him a fellow diva.

The Steve I worked with was ruthless, demanding, hot-tempered and stubborn, but also sincere, erudite, brilliant and utterly committed to his agenda of strong borders, populist conservatism, and economic nationalism. He was, and is, the most dangerous man in politics. 

To hear him on Breitbart’s radio show was to hear someone directly plugged into the anxieties and wishes of ordinary Americans, long before Trump announced his candidacy.

To hear journalists tell it, Steve is one of the most reviled men in the country. He travels everywhere with private security because he is so loathed by the Left after all the lies the media has told about him, and he is hated by the establishment Right because he humiliated them by understanding their constituents better than they did. 

It’s truer to say Steve is one of the most feared men in the country. Steve’s crime was helping to define and deliver a populist, nationalist agenda and being astonishingly effective at it — for which the Left will never forgive him. The current media circus is the price he has paid for helping to deliver Trump’s campaign promises.

This is a family feud that spiraled horribly out of control. Steve Bannon and Donald Trump understand a slice of the American electorate like no one else. It’s why they made such a good team. While Trump has an atavistic understanding of ordinary working people, Steve’s analysis comes from a life of study. Where Trump has raw political genius and instinct, Steve has an intellectual’s grasp of the contours of history. 

It pains today me to see people who knew Steve well, and who know better, hurl themselves at the nearest TV camera to demean his achievements, his contribution to American public life and his character. Especially the Republicans. 

Here’s something true that most people won’t acknowledge, much less say: Steve Bannon has sacrificed almost everything for the love of his country. His life will never be the same since the press maliciously and falsely labelled him a “white supremacist” and a “neo-Nazi,” knowing full well that neither is true.

Like me, Steve is called these names because his enemies, Left and Right, recognize what a formidable adversary he is.

Yet Steve one of the most intelligent, driven, well-read, and well-connected men I’ve ever met — and capable of great humility and dedication to his cause.  When I wrote to congratulate Steve on his appointment to the Trump campaign, he wrote back in language that made it clear he considered it a patrician duty.

He always said Trump was an “imperfect vessel” and he was concerned principally with his political agenda, not any one candidate. So it’s ridiculous to see him derided as an opportunist. I believe Steve went into the campaign, and then the White House, for the country, and not for personal advancement.

As Steve often says, he has a West Point graduate daughter who was photographed in the ruins of Saddam Hussein’s palace. He could have died a happy man without all this shit. 

That said, of course he is abrasive and difficult to work with. Personally, I loved, and flourished under, his combative, unforgiving attitude. I relish an iron fist. But I appreciate that many people have found working with Steve for long periods of time to be a challenge. 

Today, even the base appears to have temporarily soured on him because his characteristically colorful and ill-tempered language has toppled out, many months after it was delivered — taking both Steve and the President by surprise.

It’s unfortunate, but don’t for a second imagine this will stop Uncle Steve.

Steve is one of the most gifted political operatives of his generation. You’re a fool if you think this is anything but the opening of his next chapter. I’ve watched all my favorite people, including me, pronounced dead repeatedly by the media. They were wrong about me and they are wrong about Steve, because he is a man of such extraordinary personal qualities. 

Steve doesn’t process events or emotions like ordinary mortals. He is referred to as a force of nature for good reason. I have no doubt that this evening he is cheerfully going about his business, plotting his next moves, texting, emailing, and calling constantly between the few brief hours a night of sleep he gets. (When I texted him yesterday his reply suggested that he didn’t know what all the fuss was about). 

This column won’t be immediately popular with some of my readers, who have made up their own minds about Steve based on press reports. That’s okay. We can disagree on this one. But I felt it was important to pen a few words of support for a man who is lied about in the press as often I am — because I know how it feels, and because I know how much of it is untrue. 

The people knifing Steve in the back now are cowards and hypocrites and there’s nothing I hate more than cowardice and hypocrisy. My prediction? Give it a year, and Trump will be calling Steve for help and advice, not the other way around. 

Steve may work less publicly in 2018 — but that only makes him more dangerous. 

Milo Yiannopoulos is the host of THE MILO SHOW, which airs 4/3c from January 29

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  1. alexander

    January 9, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for a voice of reason.

    • eyeswideshut

      January 12, 2018 at 11:28 am

      I could not agree with your more, Steve may be temporarily down, but I too believe he will rise back up. Trump has hurt himself for turning against Steve, but we all know Trump can be so juvenile. Milo thanks for all you do.

    • John Leyden

      January 19, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      Absolutely. Bannon is too valuable to us. I hope conservatives will remember it.

  2. Srbboo

    January 9, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I’m so happy to have you confirm my suspicions. I am so glad Steve Bannon is on our side. I’m so glad YOU are on our side. Win or lose, I am honored to be in the tribe!

  3. Smantha32

    January 9, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    I heard somewhere that Steve lost his job at the Whitehouse because he was one of the leakers. Brains and power aside, it sounds like he let his ego take him off the rails.

    • John Leyden

      January 19, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      But there were a load of Obama-legacy people in the WH leaking like crazy. Bannon was probably just trying to limit damage.

  4. sarahB

    January 9, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Very sad to see Steve Bannon being attacked so viciously. He made some mistakes, but he also helped Trump get elected. I hope that he stays at Breitbart. I also hope that the New Right can unite itself more effectively. The backstabbing and infighting is out of control.

    • paterson

      January 9, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      What did Bannon hope to accomplish giving the slimy wolfe access to the white house? other than making wolf very rich and trump look bad….I don’t get this strategy of Bannon;s and i havent seen him comment on it anywhere.

      • Eric

        January 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm

        I have seen no evidence Bannon alliwed Wolff in the Wgite House. Your best bet would be whom eber was the Communications Director.

        • harlan leyside

          January 11, 2018 at 11:05 am

          Trump allowed the Wolff into the White House

  5. MeM

    January 9, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I’ve been teaching my son about the U.S. Civil War and we’re reading about Grant and Sherman. The two men were routinely reviled by the press and the establishment because they actually wanted to win the war (unlike McLellan and others). Sherman was regularly dismissed as a “lunatic” and Grant was called a “drunkard.” When Sherman shocked the nation with his brilliant March to the Sea, some people suggested Sherman replace Grant. Sherman wrote the best letter in reply, “Grant stood by me when I was crazy. I stood by him when he was drunk. We will always stand together.” The press and the establishment is going to continue to to try to bring down those who actually want to win the culture war, but we need to stand together.

    • SarahB

      January 9, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Yes, the New Right needs to stand together at this crucial point in U.S. history. Always remember Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment: “Do not speak ill of another Republican.”

  6. john studer

    January 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Just got done reading “Dangerous” and it was nothing less than I expected….AWESOME! Your assessment of this situation is spot on in my opinion. I have listened to the Patriot Channel since 2012 and was absolutely thrilled when you started working with Breitbart with your style of trolling the left that thought they had a lock on the Lbgtq community!! The Left thinks it owns Blacks, Gays, Trans, Hispanic, Muslims….you name it, and they show NOTHING but adoration until of course it is revealed that one is Conservative!!! Thats when Black Women are thrown under the bus with extreme prejudice as well as Gay people and all the others… Steve Bannon is the actual Boss! His story of where he has come from and his many achievements are nothing short of amazing. His knowledge of history and his grasp of the implications of the lessons that have been ignored over history has been on display for the masses to see during his morning show on Sirius Radio. Steve Bannon AKA the “Honey Badger” will not let this bump in the road deter his resolve, praise God!

  7. Jim Bravura

    January 9, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    So a lot of repetitive praise and nothing else. All your piece needed a few stale Hillary jokes just to make it sound more Milo-ish. This was a war of egos because Bannon thought he, as king maker, deserved all the glory and fame but he faced a man with a much bigger ego and tantrum than himself.

    The fact that all Republicans are rallying around Trump shows there is ZERO credible challenge to his Presidency, because lets be honest no one wants to rub shoulders with Bannon anymore. Maybe he will try a lousy 2020 effort but rest assured ‘Daddy’ has put ‘Uncle’ in his place and this is a fight Bannon simply cannot win.

    • Shadowfax

      January 10, 2018 at 3:14 am

      You seriously believe Bannon is out to challange Trump for the presidency? lol

      I hope you never have to rely on your character assessment skills. As long as Trump fights for the people, Bannon will support him, even when he has to do it in a quieter way now.

      • Jim Bravura

        January 10, 2018 at 11:53 am

        And you seriously believe Trump is fighting for the “people”?

        If by people you mean corporate rich America then yes he certainly is making their lives easier.

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  9. paterson

    January 9, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Trumps reaction was dumb to the Bannon quotes, which really were no big deal he wasn’t speaking literally, like he wanted Trump Jr tried for treason. But why is Bannon bringing Wolf into the white house so he can write a book? I mean come on, was he born yesterday? I don’t care about the way he expresses himself, but letting a slime ball like wolf make millions of a book shitting on Trump? I don’t get that strategy? The old drunk guy that lives next door to me is smarter than that, trust a slimy. opportunistic journalist known for lying and give him white house access? wtf honey badger

  10. CABrown

    January 10, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Thank you, Milo. I honor your opinion, because you know Bannon personally. Now, if others could only talk about others as if they too
    know who they’re talking about personally, the comments sections on all social media would be worth reading! What do they say about opinions? Like assholes, everybody has one?

  11. Maureen

    January 10, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Thank you for that, Milo. I believe your opinion, and characterization is far more accurate and truthful than most these days. None of it makes sense to me. I do not know Mr. Bannon, of course. But, I do believe he is a patriot, and has the American people best at heart. There is so much we don’t know. Really difficult to know who the good guys are these days. But, it was a fair tribute., and well written.

  12. Liz

    January 10, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Couldn’t agree more with your sentiment. If the USA doesn’t want Bannon- then we need him in Australia. He understands from an intellectual perspective the battle for the West. I know that would never happen because he is an American Patriot. But we would be lucky for him to branch out an help like-minded people around the west.

  13. Nicola Timmerman

    January 10, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Wasn’t Bannon through Breitbart in England largely responsible for getting info to the British people before the Brexit victory?

  14. Timmy Morgan

    January 10, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I love the fact that the dunces are in confederacy against Bannon. It was, in fact, this scorn and ridicule that got Trump elected, and Steve of course has the good sense to wear that scorn as a badge of honor. The cuckservatives of the Republican party have had their day-in-the-son, they’ve failed tremendously and pathetically to quell the march of leftism in the US… thinking that making nice with the left will get you something. IT DOESN’T. Those assholes would sooner shit themselves than be called a racist, or any other ‘ist’, ‘ism’ or ‘phobe’ that the left might throw at them in their intellectual bankruptcy.

    Reagan should have followed up on his 11th commandment by issuing this 12th commandment; “When Republicans act like they are Republicans, they win elections. And when they don’t… they DON’T.” -Timmy Seventy-five

  15. Patti York

    January 10, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Here is something else that is true, Donald Trump would not be where he is right now, were it not for Steve Bannon, Trump was LOSING by something like 14 points prior to Steve getting on board. That has to irk the president to a certain extent. I always saw Steve as a humble person, highly intuitive and tough as nails. He was a fabulous addition to the administration. His interview with Charlie Rose BLEW me away and left me wanting to see HIM in the oval office.

  16. Bookish1

    January 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Great column! I always liked Bannon, although I do question his judgment in speaking to a lefty reporter like he did. Bannon has been one of the most articulate advocates of the working class that I have ever heard. I would hate to think that a single lapse in judgment might silence Bannon for good.
    Classy move, Milo.

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  18. Cicero

    January 10, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    I suppose I just don’t understand Bannon. Why did he need to trash Trump and his family? He certainly knows Trump well enough to know he would be burning a Bridge. I came to Breitbart via Trump, not the other way, so I find it hard to believe that Trump wouldn’t have won the election without Bannon. Hadn’t Trump already beaten 16 other candidates? Maybe I have the timing off. At any rate, it is a shame because I liked Bannon and hate to see anyone lose 2 jobs in the same year. I also think it was foolish and selfish of Bannon to bring Wolff into the White House. Everyone seems to know he is a rag/gossip producer of trash, why didn’t Bannon know? And worse, why if he did know?

  19. Cee

    January 11, 2018 at 4:28 am

    The left closed ranks with Anthony Weiner for worse deeds. Hopefully he comes back after the dust settles.

  20. Dante Alighieri

    January 11, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Steve Bannon promoted Roy Moore. Roy Moore advocates re-criminalizing homosexuality and putting homosexuals in prison.

    I wonder if Uncle Steve will be visiting Milo Yiannopoulos in prison after Milo’s been convicted of homosexuality.

    I guess everybody’s got a blind spot. Now we know yours — Poor judgment of Character.

  21. LJ Lamplighter Wright

    January 11, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Thank you for this, Milo

  22. Belinda

    January 11, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    ****** Thank you Milo ****

    Steve Bannon symbolises the virtues and freedoms of the wonders of capitalism, conservatism, critical free thinking/speech and the marvels of the Western civilisation. A savvy brilliant man, Steve Bannon will keep rising. I only wish that educators had the fortitude and insight to teach the younger generations about people like Steve Bannon (but the current educational concept is a whole other “thing”).

    Isn’t it an educators job to expose students to all forms of thinking. Not left. Not right. Just different. The world is filled with horror and evil. History proves it so why not educate the facts based on science, logic and reason. It is the educator’s role to teach students that the world has had a bloody history – safe spaces and women’s studies have no constructive role in shaping a young mind – it works in opposition by teaching people how to play the victim card.

    Life is tough. So toughen up.

    The most effective way to teach is to role model and Steve Bannon would be an excellent example of how to live life with courage, bravery, rationalism, critical and strategic thinking, independent beliefs based on life’s experiences and truth. Steve Bannon is his own man. He owes no one anything. That in itself is to be revered.

    **Milo** – history will also demonstrate the positive effects you have had on influencing normal people’s lives. I love the way that you dismiss the bullshit celeb fest; reject the ‘now you owe me’ mentality of powerful people/business; call out the odious infected Hollywood scene; dismantle the left wing media using your brilliant mind like a weapon of torture; and stand up for us ordinary people who idolise you and your amazing candidness in this fight for what is right ***

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  24. Steve O

    January 12, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    A very insightful summary. Trump and Bannon strike me as two brilliant, egotistical personalities. Their rift is not helpful to either of them personally or to their cause generally, but they both remain committed to their shared ideology and their deep love of our country. I’m not overly worried.

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