As important as to appoint capable individuals in an administration is to fire dubious individuals. It is necessary much discernment, or God’s intervention, to do both. On 2018 Trump’s decision to fire Steve Bannon may have been one of the most important decisions in his administration. Trump’s full letter said,
Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.
Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself.
Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.
We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.
Probably, Trump did not fully understand the extent of the dark forces behind Bannon. But he fully understood that something was terribly wrong and that there was manipulation and self-aggrandizement.
More probably yet, by noticing the appearance of evil, Trump eventually escaped the depths of a so non-apparent evil represented by Bannon’s traditionalist ideology. And only through prayers the depths of evil can be avoided or escaped from, even when they are not clearly seen and understood.
Trump is surrounded by praying evangelicals. For example, last August Trump invited for a “state dinner” at the White House about 100 evangelical leaders for what was a prayer-filled event.
Notable evangelicals who attended the meeting include Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Paula White, Greg Laurie Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, conservative radio host Eric Metaxas, televangelist Kenneth Copeland, megachurch Pastor Jentezen Franklin and Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Ralph Reed.
Graham noted that many prayers were offered throughout the night.
“The support you have given me has been incredible,” Trump said to the evangelical leaders, recognizing that his conservative evangelical base played a large role in helping him win the 2016 presidential election.
What Trump recognized in evangelicals, he did not recognize in Bannon, even though Bannon thought that he, not evangelicals, gave the victory to Trump.
Bannon saw in his mind a powerful conservative wave led by Traditionalism (an esoteric traditionalism) and envisioned himself as the pope of such wave.
Evangelicals and their prayers can have played a vastly more vital role in helping Trump than he could imagine. Prayer was certainly fundamental to free him and America from a high-level occultism and its influences surrounding Bannon. Let us see what these influences are.
There is a book that reveals Bannon’s dark spirituality. In “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency” (Penguin Publishing Group, 2017), author Joshua Green, who personally interviewed Bannon and Trump, has argued that he has found the “secret, strange origins of Steve Bannon’s nationalist fantasia,” and the secret is that Bannon is inspired by a number of occult sources.
Green explained that when Bannon was a young man, he was “a voracious autodidact” and he “embarked upon what he described as ‘a systematic study of the world’s religions,’” adding, “Taking up the Roman Catholic history… he moved on to Christian mysticism and from there to Eastern metaphysics… Bannon’s reading eventually led him to the work of René Guénon, an early-twentieth-century early-twentieth-century French occultist and metaphysician who was raised a Roman Catholic, practiced Freemasonry, and later became a Sufi Muslim.”
According to Green, Bannon has a “deep interest in Christian mysticism and esoteric Hinduism” and a special “fascination with Guénon.”
Green explained that “Guénon developed a philosophy often referred to as ‘Traditionalism’ (capital ‘T’), a form of antimodernism with precise connotations. Guénon was a ‘primordial’ Traditionalist, a believer in the idea that certain ancient religions, including the Hindu Vedanta, Sufism, and medieval Catholicism, were repositories of common spiritual truths, revealed in the earliest age of the world, that were being wiped out by the rise of secular modernity in the West.”
Green said that “The antimodernist tenor of Guénon’s philosophy drew several notable followers” and “The most notorious of these was Julius Evola,” who “had struck an alliance with Benito Mussolini, and his ideas became the basis of Fascist racial theory; later… Evola’s ideas gained currency in Nazi Germany.”
According to Green,
“The common themes of the collapse of Western civilization and the loss of the transcendent in books such as Guénon’s The Crisis of the Modern World (1927) and Evola’s Revolt Against the Modern World (1934) are what drew Bannon’s interest to Traditionalism (although he was also very much taken with its spiritual aspects, citing Guénon’s 1925 book, Man and His Becoming According to the Vedanta, as ‘a life-changing discovery’). Bannon… brought to Guénon’s Traditionalism a strong dose of Catholic social thought.”
So alarmed he was with the state of the Catholic Church that in 2013 Bannon began his activities in Rome and took a Vatican meeting with Cardinal Raymond Burke in an effort to prop up Catholic traditionalists marginalized by Pope Francis. Green explained Bannon’s efforts to infuse Guénon’s Traditionalism in the Catholic Church:
“Expounding on this view at a 2014 conference at the Vatican, Bannon knit together Guénon, Evola, and his own racial-religious panic to cast his beliefs in historical context.”
Bannon sought to bring Guénon’s Traditionalism among ultra-conservative Catholics around the world. Green said,
“Wherever he could, he aligned himself with politicians and causes committed to tearing down its globalist edifice: archconservative Catholics such as Burke, Nigel Farage and UKIP, Marine Le Pen’s National Front, Geert Wilders and the Party for Freedom.”
Guénon’s ideas are more successful among Catholics. Brazil, the largest Catholic nation in the world, has a legion of adherents of Guénon.
It was not only Catholics that Bannon was using. According to Green:
“In the summer of 2016, Bannon described Trump as a ‘blunt instrument for us.’”
Trump was never able to see the dark spirituality driving Bannon. How then was Trump able to escape its pitfalls? According to Green:
“Bannon’s fall from his exalted status as Trump’s top adviser wasn’t the result of a policy dispute, but the product of Trump’s annoyance that Bannon’s profile had come to rival his own. Trump grew incensed at the popular notion that Bannon was the one really running the show—that he was, as an infamous Time cover put it, ‘The Great Manipulator’… ‘You have to remember, he was not involved in my campaign until very late,’ Trump told the New York Post. ‘I’m my own strategist.’”
Trump fired Bannon in a time that he was being called “Trump’s Rasputin.” Trump fired him in a time that even the secular press was seeing Bannon’s occultism, with a secular website publishing a very clear article titled “The Trump era is turning out to be a golden age for esoteric fascist intellectuals.”
Trump would agree with Green who labeled Bannon as a “recognizable Washington character type: the political grifter seeking to profit from the latest trend.”
Green also said,
“For years before he joined Trump’s presidential campaign, Bannon had been a Washington figure of no particular distinction who tended to inhabit the far fringes of Republican politics, where he felt most at home. Sometimes, he drifted so far out on the fringe that he and his compatriots were shunned by mainstream right-of-center outfits.”
“Bannon thrived on the chaos he created and did everything he could to make it spread,” said Green.
In spite of Bannon seeing himself as “alt-right” (alternative right), Trump also revealed, according to the Daily Beast, his own nickname for Bannon’s nationalist ideology: “alt-left” (alternative left). Even though Bannon identifies himself as “a right-wing, anti-globalist nationalist,” the Daily Beast said that he “once called himself a ‘Leninist.’”
There are many apparent contradictions in Bannon: He says that he is a Catholic, but he has a deep fascination with mysticism and Eastern metaphysics. He says that he is against Islamic invasion, but he greatly admires René Guénon, an Islamic occultist. Although he once worked at Goldman Sachs — a powerful capitalist bank —, he also described himself as a “Leninist” who wanted to “destroy the state.” “On the one hand, he critiques capitalism with an almost Marxist fervor; on the other, he’s an advisor to a crony capitalist real estate mogul,” said Jake Romm, of Forward.
At the same time Bannon praises Guénon and other occultists, he says that he rejects some of their extreme ideas.
In his article in National Review titled “Who Was Steve Bannon?” author Kevin D. Williamson said that Trump has told “Steve Bannon’s contribution to his rise and his success has been grossly exaggerated. Bannon has posed as many things — media magnate, shrewd political operative, and cold-eyed Svengali to Trump’s undisciplined playboy — but what he actually is is a rich dilettante with a talent for convincing other rich dilettantes that he is a deep-thinking visionary. One of those rich dilettantes was Donald Trump.”
Bannon bragged that he supported Trump, but then he helped one of the biggest anti-Trump books ever published: Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff. According to Jeffrey A. Tucker, a main source for Wolff is said to be Steve Bannon. It is no wonder that Trump expelled him from the White House!
Bannon’s attempt to show off his brilliance for Wolff’s book, by leaking inside information of Trump and his inner circle, including by reportedly saying that Ivanka is “dumb as a brick,” backfired and effectively ended his brief tenure as an influential figure in American politics.
“How could someone so politically reckless get a reputation as a political genius? Bannon had been able to craft that image thanks to this one simple trick: impressing reporters with the fact that he reads many books,” said Bill Scher.
There are many contradictions in Bannon. And contradictions are natural for anyone involved in occultism. Trump never saw his occultism, but he saw the confusion occultism left in its trail.
By using Trump as a “blunt instrument for us” (“us” are traditionalists, adherents of Guénon), Bannon expected to be a traditionalist leader guiding conservatives, especially Catholics.
Bill Scher summed up everything in his article, in the Politico magazine, titled: “Steve Bannon Was Never That Smart: As a political strategist, he’s a danger only to himself.” I would say that every occultist is a danger to himself and others.
“If we do not bind together as partners with others in other countries then this conflict is only going to metastasize,” said Bannon in 2014. He was referring to a conflict he perceived between “Judeo-Christian values” and “Islamic fascism.” He was trying to hijack a good cause on behalf of the Traditionalist agenda. Speaking to a conference held at the Vatican, he called for Christian traditionalists of all stripes to join together in a coalition for the sake of waging a holy war against Islam.
Bannon represented his own brand of conservative Catholicism. His speech in the Vatican was an inspiration and breakthrough for the Traditionalist movement.
While Bannon and other adherents of Guénon sought and seek to unite Catholic conservatives under traditionalist banners, their mission faces special challenges, especially in the United States, from evangelicals. While Catholics can see adherents of Guénon as leaders to guide and help them, American evangelicals have leaders — especially Franklin Graham — who have no interest in mysticism, Eastern metaphysics and Guénon. In fact, while Guénon and his occult Traditionalism exert some influence among Catholics, they exert no influence at all among evangelicals.
The Catholic Church has faced huge challenges with Liberation Theology. Catholics who counter it are more traditionalist, and their love for tradition makes easy for them to fall prey to the Traditionalism of Guénon adherents, especially because Guénon’s Traditionalism is anti-Marxist. So Catholics who embrace Liberation Theology fall into the Marx’s liberal pitfall, and Catholics who embrace Traditionalism fall into Guénon’s anti-Marxist pitfall.
A gap between conservative evangelicals and traditionalist Catholics influenced by adherents of Guénon seems to be rapidly widening in the United States. Many devout evangelicals don’t recognize occultism as a part of the conservative movement. Even when defending family values, evangelicals have also concerns about biblical principles.
The success Bannon and other adherents of Guénon have had among Catholics, including by having a presence in the Vatican to extol Guénon and Julius Evola, they will never have among evangelicals.
This explains why many adherents of Guénon see American conservative evangelicalism as an aberration from historical Catholicism.
Even though Bannon and other adherents of Guénon saw Bannon as the “strategist” who gave the victory to Trump, it is largely known that evangelicals gave the victory to Trump. Besides, as Trump recognized in his message firing Bannon, “Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country.”
Trump’s message to Bannon is a message that all intelligent leader should deliver to adherents of Guénon for trying to hijack the success of others, for trying to hijack the conservative movement to advance the Traditionalist movement.
Traditionalist individuals have great a spiritual faith, but not based on pure Christianity. It is based on a mixed religious salad resulting in confusion. They are highly shrewd and destructive — a danger to themselves and others.
Instead of getting involved in such spirituality through Bannon, Trump has consistently chosen to get involved with evangelicals and charismatics, whose faith is antagonistic to esotericism and occultism.
So eventually Trump expelled the esoteric Bannon as his adviser, choosing instead to keep evangelicals and charismatics as his advisers.
It became a disconformable situation for Trump. People were calling Bannon his Rasputin, as if he were a hypnotic influence on him or as if he were greater than Trump is. But the truth is that Bannon was in the right place and the right time. This was fully proved when Bannon got involved in the political campaign of Judge Roy Moore, a very conservative candidate to the U.S. Senate. By following Bannon’s strategies, Moore lost. Bannon is nothing without Trump.
The best definition about an adherent of Guénon was given by Trump, who said about Bannon: “He spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well.” Adherents of Guénon use others for self-promotion.
Bannon thought that by using Trump as a “blunt instrument” for traditionalists he could save the world from the crisis foreseen by Guénon. But how can a man not saved from darkness save others from darkness?
Eventually, the inner circle of praying evangelicals saved Trump and the United States from a Rasputin and his occult influence. And eventually, prayers can also save Rasputin from his spiritual darkness.
With information from Devil’s Bargain, Christian Post, Politico magazine, National Review, Daily Beast, American Institute for Economic Research, Newsweek, The Atlantic, New Republic and Forward.
Portuguese version of this article: Como a poderosa união de Trump com evangélicos salvou os EUA de Steve Bannon e seu plano ocultista de um governo “tradicionalista”
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