Media raconteur and President-elect Donald Trump's chief political strategist Stephen Bannon has no intention of apologizing for anything, he says.
According to The Hill, Bannon — while giving an interview to the Hollywood Reporter — said he believes Trump's agenda and ultimate ascendancy to the Oval Office was only strengthened by the confusion he caused among Democrats:
Bannon used the interview to embrace his image as an outsider.
"Darkness is good,” he said. “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”
Bannon has been characterized as a racist, misogynist, white nationalist and master manipulator of the voters who ultimately led Trump to the presidency. He has been castigated by former employees of Breitbart News for not standing behind a reporter under his employ when she was allegedly manhandled by Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Bannon, however, finds these charges somewhat amusing and has no desire to make peace or reach across aisles to create dialogue, according to an unnamed source cited by The Hill:
“There is no apology tour or effort to focus on whether individual members in the House or Senate feel good,” the source added. “Donald Trump won a mandate from the American people who want to see the swamp drained.”
According to those who worked with him at Breitbart, Bannon has carried the motto from his former news outlet to the White House: "Honey Badger Don't Give a Sh**."