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Enter the Bannon

From Birmingham to Beijing, Trump’s architect is aiming to lead a movement of his own

As President Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon operated mostly behind the scenes to press his hard-right brand of nationalist politics, with only intermittent success. Since leaving the White House on Aug. 18, he’s taken on a much more public role—declaring war against GOP congressional leaders on 60 Minutes and endorsing Roy Moore’s insurgent candidacy in Alabama’s Senate primary, despite Trump backing his opponent, Luther Strange. Bannon claims he’s devoting his post-White House energies to “going to war for Trump.” But Moore’s Sept. 26 drubbing of Strange shows that Bannon remains influential—and is emerging as a political force of his own. “The populist-nationalist movement proved in Alabama that a candidate with the right ideas and a grass-roots organization can win big,” says Bannon, who introduced Moore at his victory rally. “Now, our focus is on recruiting candidates to take over the Republican Party.”

He’s also taking his cultural revolution overseas. Bannon, who’s been consulting with Henry Kissinger and other

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