Donald Trump’s Chief strategist, Steve Bannon, spoke admiringly of Charles Maurras, a French anti-Semitic philosopher sentenced to life in prison for his collaboration with the Nazis World War Two.
Bannon has repeatedly cited Maurras’ distinction between the “legal country,” led by elected officials, and the “real country” of ordinary people, as a frame for the nationalist revolts currently underway around the globe.
Via Wall Street Journal,
“I’m an economic nationalist. I am an America first guy. And I have admired nationalist movements throughout the world, have said repeatedly strong nations make great neighbors. I’ve also said repeatedly that the ethno-nationalist movement, prominent in Europe, will change over time. I’ve never been a supporter of ethno-nationalism.”
Maurras was more than a nationalist, however, he was also a rabid anti-Semite, whose anti-Jewish views shaped his world outlook. For nearly four decades he edited the anti-Semitic paper L’Action Francaise, the French Nationalist paper that was anti-democratic and pro-monarchy.
Bannon’s hero repeatedly blamed World War II on the Jews, faulting them for the German occupation of France.
Via New Statesman,
“The barbarous occupation of 1940 would not have taken place without the Jews of 1939, without their filthy war, the war they undertook and they declared: our occupiers were introduced by them, it was the Jews who launched us into catastrophe,”
Bannon has echoed Maurras’s ideas on numerous occasions, blaming secularism for European decay and identifying nationalism rooted in ethnic purity as the Wests only chance to save itself.