During a sold-out GOP convention in Anaheim, CA Friday, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon met with applause as he ripped the state and former president George W. Bush. He claimed that the Silicon Valley rich were “lords of technology” who are essentially stealing jobs, opportunity, and wealth from U.S. citizens. Bannon pegged the state as a “linchpin in the fight to halt the globalist agenda.”
“They want all the benefits of a free society…all the benefits of this rules-based international order,’’ including lucrative trade deals and capital markets, Bannon said, while “we the citizens of the United States…underwrite the whole thing.”
Breitbart News executive chairman Bannon said California is in a perilous situation. Likening the state to 1830s South Carolina before it pulled away from the Union, the analogy was frighteningly clear – we’re headed towards a civil war. He claimed just like when South Carolina tried to “pick and choose the laws they want,” so too is California:
“You are a sanctuary state — and trust me, if you do not roll this back, 10 or 15 years from now, the folks in Silicon Valley and the progressive left in this state are going to try to secede from the Union.”
California Needs to Fight
California is a blue state with the Democrats holding many of the statewide offices, a 15-point voter registration advantage, and super-majorities in both houses of the legislature.
Bannon spoke to enthusiastic Republican supporters at the Anaheim Marriott, where security was strict with double fencing along the outside, and rows and rows of police officers. Delegates paid $100 for dinner, and some coughed up $300 for VIP status which included photographs with Bannon.
During his 40-minute speech, the Breitbart executive sent out a well-delivered call to arms:
He urged Republicans to organize, rise up and fight to hold on to California House seats that are considered vulnerable in 2018. “It’s time for California to start having some victories,’’ he said. “[Progressives] are going to drag us so far to the left that we’re going to hold those districts and Nancy Pelosi is not going to get her opportunity to impeach the president of the United States.”
Not everyone was enthusiastic about Bannon’s speech. Congresswoman Nanette Barragan (R-D.C.) sent a letter to Democrats reminding them that “the same guy who runs a website promoting white supremacists and Neo-Nazis is being embraced by California Republicans.”
Tom Steyer, a billionaire activist, has launched a campaign to the tune of $10 million to impeach President Donald Trump. Steyer tweeted that “California is doing just fine without the racist, divisive blather that Mr. Bannon is peddling.”
Scorn for President Bush
Last week former president Bush launched an attack against Trump, claiming he was just a tool for globalists. Bannon blistered the former president for his remarks, as well as his presidency:
“President Bush embarrassed himself,’’ Bannon said, referring to him as “a piece of work.” “It is clear he didn’t understand anything he was talking about…he had no idea whether he was coming or going — just like when he was president of the United States.’’
“There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,’’ he said to applause.
It’s going to be a tough fight in such a blue state, but with Bannon, and others like him, they just may be able to make a dent in the liberal control. The key is getting the word out, and having others spread the message – despite the constant attempts by the left to shut down freedom of speech. As Nigel Farage said at Liberty Nation’s event, “You fight fire with fire.”