Meet Trump Adviser Michael Anton: The Bannon 2.0 Of The White House

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Michael Anton used pseudonym “Publius Decius Mus” to pen one of the most provocative ultra-conservative essays on the 2016 election cycle.

 

Stephen Bannon is not the only anti-Semitic, anti-Islam, white nationalist in the White House Americans need to keep an eye on.

While the former Breitbart chief, widely believed to be the brains behind President Donald Trump’s administration, has been center of fear among many (and rightfully so), there is another emerging ultraconservative player who has quietly wormed his way into the National Security Council and appears to have earned the commander-in-chief’s trust.

His name is Michael Anton and he is an authoritarian intellectual who successfully hid behind a pseudonym during the election campaign and penned essays so troubling that even some from the far-right thought he had gone too far.

Anton served as a speechwriter for former President George W. Bush and Rupert Murdoch, the then director of communications at multinational investment bank Citigroup.

He later worked as an aide for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Anton joined the Trump team earlier this year as a staffer but seems to have quickly climbed through the ranks.

Using The Pseudonym

Trump Adviser Michael Anton

Before the election, Anton penned a number of essays defending Trump.

However, he did it using the name “Publius Decius Mus” — a reference to an ancient Roman consul who gave his life in battle to save his people. 

He is the one who anonymously wrote the provocative “Flight 93 Election,” justifying authoritarianism and comparing conservatives to the passengers on Flight 93, hijacked by al-Qaida and headed for doom.

Last week, conservative publication The Weekly Standard disclosed Anton’s real identity and his role in the new administration, raising immediate concerns about his influence on the president’s ideas and policies.

“2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You — or the leader of your party — may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees,” he wrote. “Except one: if you don't try, death is certain. To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto. With Trump, at least you can spin the cylinder and take your chances.”

He demanded conservatives support the inexperienced billionaire as they could not survive another election defeat.

“Trump, alone among candidates for high office in this or in the last seven (at least) cycles, has stood up to say: I want to live. I want my party to live. I want my country to live. I want my people to live. I want to end the insanity,” he argued.

White Nationalism

Trump Adviser Michael Anton

Anton is of the opinion that diversity is “a source of weakness, tension and disunion.”

He also believes the increase in the non-white immigrant population is akin to foreign invasion. 

“The ceaseless importation of Third World foreigners with no tradition of, taste for, or experience in liberty means that the electorate grows more left, more Democratic, less Republican, less republican and less traditionally American with every cycle,” Anton stated.

His views on white supremacy are just as disturbing.

As the New York Magazine wrote, “The racial and political implications of this argument are both clear and extreme: Anton believes the white Republican base is the only legitimate governing coalition. Democratic governments are inherently illegitimate by dint of their racial cast.”

Anton made his anti-immigrant sentiments painfully clear in another essay titled “Toward a Sensible, Coherent Trumpism.”

“America is not a ‘nation of immigrants,’ we are originally a nation of settlers, who later chose to admit immigrants, and later still not to, and who may justly open or close our doors solely at our own discretion, without deference to forced pieties. Immigration today is not ‘good for the economy,’” he wrote. “It undercuts American wages, costs Americans jobs, and reduces Americans’ standard of living. Islam is not a ‘religion of peace,’ it’s a militant faith that exalts conversion by the sword and inspires thousands to acts of terror — and millions more to support and sympathize with terror.”

War On Religion

Trump Adviser Michael Anton

In the same essay, Anton defended the America First Committee, a group that urged the U.S. to stay out of World War II by invoking anti-Semitic stereotypes, by claiming it was “unfairly maligned” and the whole affair only symbolizes “an alleged stain on America’s past.”

To put things into perspective, The Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol compared Anton to renowned Nazi philosopher Carl Schmitt.

As for Islam, well, this is what Anton wrote:

“Islam and the modern West are incompatible…. Only an insane society, or one desperate to prove its fidelity to some chimerical ‘virtue,’ would have increased Muslim immigration after the September 11th attacks. Yet that is exactly what the United States did. Trump has, for the first time, finally forced the questions: Why? And can we stop now?”

Although he did accept “not all Muslims are terrorists, blah, blah, blah, etc.,” Anton still asked, “What good has immigration done for the United States and the American people?”

The Bannon-Anton Wing

Trump Adviser Michael Anton

“The Bannon-Anton wing of the Trump White House has a penchant for semi-conspiratorial analyses and semi-kooky prescriptions,” Kristol told Mic. “And for them, being responsible isn't a virtue. Which is worrisome.”

The thought of these two men joining forces at the highest level of government is troublesome.

There is no confusion about the role of Bannon in the White House. In a short time, the “holy” warmonger has grown too close to the president. In fact, he is the one who reportedly masterminded the controversial executive order restricting Muslims from entering the country.

White supremacists like Bannon and Anton having Trump’s ear certainly does not bode well for the future of democracy.

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