Steve Bannon Slams Dwayne Johnson Over Oprah Support: ‘He’s Ruined His Career’

Former White House chief strategist says Time’s Up movement is “more powerful than populism”

Last Updated: February 12, 2018 @ 9:56 AM

Steve Bannon said Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has “ruined his career” over his support for Oprah Winfrey during her Golden Globes speech, but also seemingly praised the Time’s Up movement, calling it “anti-patriarchy.”

According to Vanity Fair, the foreword of the paperback version of Bloomberg journalist Josh Green’s book “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Nationalist Uprising” chronicles a conversation held between Green and Bannon as they sat down to watch this year’s Golden Globes.

As actresses walked down the red carpet wearing black dresses and used their acceptance speeches to denounce the behavior of men in Hollywood, Bannon said we were seeing a “Cromwell moment” — in reference to the 17th century dictator.

“It’s even more powerful than populism,” he said. “It’s deeper. It’s primal. It’s elemental. The long black dresses and all that — this is the Puritans! It’s anti-patriarchy.”

Bannon also spoke about Johnson’s support of Winfrey during her acceptance speech of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and according to Vanity Fair, Bannon also said if she decides to run for president, she could pose a “legitimate threat” that could result in the Democrats taking back the House of Representatives.

“He’s ruined his career,” Bannon said of Johnson, according to Green. “If you rolled out a guillotine, they’d chop off every set of balls in the room.”

“You watch,” Bannon said. “The time has come. Women are gonna take charge of society. And they couldn’t juxtapose a better villain than Trump. He is the patriarch. This is a definitional moment in the culture. It’ll never be the same going forward . . . The anti-patriarchy movement is going to undo ten thousand years of recorded history.”

Another interesting tidbit from the book — Bannon had his own vision for the White House:

“But Bannon had thought hard enough about a path to the White House that he’d even toyed with starting a new political party and settled on a name: the National Union Party. That was the temporary name that Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party had adopted in 1864 to attract War Democrats and Unionists. In Bannon’s vision, it would now unite disaffected populists on both ends of the political spectrum. With support from financial benefactors like the Mercer family, he seemed to imagine such a path might be viable, and that a true devotee of right-wing nationalism — rather than a charlatan like Trump–could succeed where his predecessor had failed.”