Many people have observed that sheltering in place during the pandemic is beginning to feel like Groundhog Day. For me personally, Groundhog Day struck in a special way on Friday, when an email arrived from Steve Bannon telling me how much he liked my latest piece on China and trade.
Been there, done that. The last time this happened, in August 2017, it led to an on-the-record interview that cost Bannon his job as chief White House political strategist, and made me famous for fifteen minutes (well, three days actually).
This time Bannon was inviting me onto his TV show, War Room. I accepted. Here is the link.
Three years after our first encounter, Bannon is the same sly operator, the same ethno-nationalist, having become a global advisor to far-right candidates and regimes. He’s still trying to steal the Democrats’ clothes (which too many Democrats are too willing to give him) on reclaiming American manufacturing and getting tough with China.