Citing No Evidence, Journalist Claims Bannon Is Thinking About Hell This Week
Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon is so concerned about losing his job that he cannot stop thinking about Jesus Christ going through hell this Easter weekend, according to a New York Magazine article which does not quote Bannon.
“Steve Bannon is a devout Catholic who believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” NY Magazine Washington correspondent Olivia Nuzzi writes in her New York Magazine article “Steve Bannon’s Biblical Fall” published Sunday. “But it’s the story of Christ’s descent into hell that occupies his mind most this Easter weekend.”
Nuzzi does not quote anyone who commented on Bannon’s thoughts on Christ’s descent into hell, but she does cite a “source with knowledge of the latest West Wing drama” who claimed that all of Bannon’s “problems today are of his own making.” Nuzzi ties the assertion that Bannon is responsible for his job to the depiction of hell in a book of Catholic mysticism, “The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” which, Nuzzi claims, is a favorite of Bannon’s.
The souls in hell are consumed with the terrifying thought “that the justice of an all-powerful God inflicts on the damned nothing but what they have fully deserved, is the absorbing tremendous conviction which weighs down each heart,” according to the 1833 work attributed to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, a German nun and mystic.
As an aside, Nuzzi, all but calling Trump the literal devil, writes that “Emmerich also predicts that Lucifer will be ‘unchained for a time fifty or sixty years before the year of Christ 2000”; Trump was born fifty-four years before, in 1946.’”
Bannon's favorite mystic said Lucifer would be "unchained" 50-60 years before 2000. Trump was born in 1946 ¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/6l9Bp7C252
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) April 16, 2017
“Whether Bannon is gone or not is an open question. Whether he’s neutered? He’s neutered. There was a time he had influence. His influence has waned,” the unnamed White House source told Nuzzi.
Bannon’s future at the the White House is shaky, according to multiple reports. He was recently removed from the National Security Council. He allegedly called Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner a “cuck” and a “globalist” after the U.S.’s devastating tomahawk missile strikes on a Syrian airfield following Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
Trump is reportedly upset at the public battles between his top advisors, and directed them to “straighten out” their differences. “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will,” Trump told New York Post writer Michael Godwin Tuesday.
Many satirists, seeking to make sense of the enigmatic Bannon, his beliefs and his influence over President Donald Trump, have resorted to thinking of him in mythic terms. Saturday Night Live regularly imagines him as the grim reaper; The Onion jokes that he is a rat-infested corpse; and some commenters have called him a James Bond villain.
Nuzzi appears to be the first journalist to compare Bannon’s potential firing to Christ’s descent into hell.
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