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Stephen Bannon, the then-chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump, walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 13, 2017 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).

Bannon May Be Out, but Trump’s Sovereigntism Is Here to Stay

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

The ouster of Stephen Bannon as White House senior strategist has removed the most visible link between President Donald Trump and his populist base. But the nationalist worldview that candidate Trump ran on and Bannon promoted is alive and well. And the core of that agenda is the defense and promotion of U.S. national sovereignty, which Trump’s followers believe is under assault from relentless globalization, encroaching international organizations and uncontrolled immigration.

American sovereigntists, led by the president himself, are determined to defend U.S. independence and reassert control over the nation’s destiny, in their minds, by rejecting “globalism” and placing “America first.” As Trump’s consigliere, Bannon relished his media image as the mastermind behind the throne—equal parts Rasputin, Svengali and Darth Vader. But his true genius was in recognizing, channeling and organizing Trump’s own instincts into a coherent ideology about America’s place in the world. ...

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