Steve Bannon, the former Trump campaign chairmen and White House chief strategist, is reportedly terrified of the #MeToo movement, and he thinks that Oprah Winfrey poses an existential threat to President Donald Trump.
The journalist Joshua Green wrote in the new paperback edition of his book “Devil’s Bargain” that Bannon “thought Oprah might represent an existential threat to Trump’s presidency if she decided to campaign for Democrats in 2018”.
Green wrote, though, that Bannon thinks that the most powerful backlash to Trump is the women-led wave of liberal, and anti-Trump activism that has been fueled by the #MeToo movement.
Green quoted Bannon as saying that the “anti-patriarchy movement is going to undo ten thousand years of recorded history”, and that the time has come and women are going to take charge of society – and they couldn’t juxtapose a better villain than Trump, because he is the patriarch.
According to Green, Bannon made the comments after watching Oprah deliver her speech at the 2018 Golden Globes in which she lauded the #MeToo movement and delivered a call against injustice based on race and gender.
Bannon told Green of the Hollywood awards ceremony that it was a definitional moment in the culture, and it will never be the same going forward.
The journalist also wrote that Bannon believes that the 2018 and 2020 elections will be a referendum not just on political conservatism, but on historical power imbalances.