Bannon: 'Hobbits' and 'deplorables' spoke in 2016

Former Breitbart chairman and incoming White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a Friday interview that 2017 will be even more riveting than the unpredictable year that was 2016. 

“The hobbits or the deplorables had a great run in ’16,” Bannon told the “Breitbart News Daily” radio program on SiriusXM. “Everybody mocked them and ridiculed them, and now they’ve spoken. And I think ’17 is gonna be a very exciting year.”

“I think ’17 will be actually more exciting than ’16 was,” Bannon added. “There’ll be a lot of exciting actions over the next couple of years.”

Bannon also noted that Breitbart’s coverage of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE since winning the election hasn’t been all positive for the president-elect. 

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“I noticed on Breitbart over the last month or two, as either certain appointments were made or certain things were done that didn’t comport with behavior that the deplorables or the hobbits thought were correct, it was interesting to see some of the articles written on the site, and the intensity, and the comments, and I think that’s great,” Bannon said. 

“I think people are engaged; they feel like they have a voice.” 

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE stirred backlash during the campaign when she said many of Trump’s supporters fit into a “basket of deplorables,” a term embraced by some. 

Bannon was likely referring to scolding Trump’s decision not to attempt to prosecute former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, which was met with the headline “Broken Promise.” 

Trump also had been considering 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for the role of secretary of State. Breitbart also took umbrage over this possibility, publishing a story outlining “Thirteen Undiplomatic Statements by Mitt Romney About Donald Trump.” 

“I think people were very engaged in this election, and I think will be very engaged as time goes forward,” Bannon, a former U.S. Navy officer and Goldman Sachs investment banker, said. 

“The key is to hold people accountable.”

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