Steve Bannon wants to be like Satan, and I mean, it’s important to have goals

As the presidential inauguration draws closer, many are wondering exactly how the orange fascist-elect is going to Make America Great Again. Based on the revelation that Donald Trump’s chief strategist wants to be Satan, he’ll probably start by forging an unholy pact with the powers of hell. You know, on top of all the other ones he’s made already.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon said, “Darkness is good. 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.” Who’s “they”? THR thinks “they” are liberals and anti-Trump voices, but Bannon’s history suggests his evil gloating may be a bit more focused.

Bannon is the executive chairman of Breitbart, the far-right media platform that propelled human shitstain Milo Yiannopoulos into the spotlight. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart — which he openly described as “the platform for the alt-right” (read: neo-Nazis) — went from partisan to 1000 percent hate speech, with section titles such as “Black Crime” and articles full of Islamophobia, misogyny, anti-Semitism, transphobia, and racism. Of course, he doesn’t just spread bigoted misinformation for money — he also soaks it up for fun via his membership in the Vigilant Patriots Facebook group, which posts racist memes and death threats targeting Obama. Meanwhile, former KKK leader David Duke and the leader of the American Nazi Party are celebrating Bannon’s appointment, and he hasn’t done a thing to distance himself from their support.

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If he wants to be like Satan, he’s doing an excellent job so far.

But don’t worry: even though he runs Breitbart, loves racism, has embraced neo-Nazism and white supremacy, and seems pretty chill about Nazis and the KKK supporting him, Bannon is not a white nationalist. “I’m not a white nationalist,” he told THR. “I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist.” Ah, the old “it’s about class, not race” deflection! Haven’t seen that in, what, several hours? Funny how it almost always comes from white people who don’t want to admit complicity in systematic racism.

No word yet on how Bannon’s desire to be Lucifer incarnate has affected support for Trump among the religious right, although I for one can’t wait to see how they spin this to fit their worldview. It’ll be an especially contorted hot take, wherein wanting to be Satan is somehow extremely good because unborn fetuses or something.

Wait, wasn’t there some story in the Bible, not to mention loads of stories in Western literature, about how making deals with the devil is bad? Oh well. The world is going to burn, but as long as we’re the ones who started the fire, a lot of people will refuse to care.