Bannon: Time’s Up movement will ‘unfold like the Tea Party, only bigger’
Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon predicts that the “Time’s Up” movement against sexual harassment and assault will be “bigger” than the right-wing Tea Party movement that gripped the Republican Party starting in 2009.
In an interview published Friday in Bloomberg News, Bannon describes the movement as not just against sexual misconduct but against the idea of a male-dominated patriarchal society in general.
“The top seven stories today are all guys getting blown up,” Bannon says, referring to major media figures who saw careers end, such as Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer. “And these are not small guys.”
“I think it’s going to unfold like the Tea Party, only bigger,” he continues. “It’s not Me Too. It’s not just sexual harassment. It’s an anti-patriarchy movement. Time’s up on 10,000 years of recorded history. This is coming. This is real.”
Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, faced heavy criticism from Republicans and members of the #MeToo movement for his support of controversial Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore last year. Moore faced numerous accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he served as a district attorney.
The former Trump aide refused to pull his support for Moore despite the multiple allegations and a national movement against sexual misconduct.
Bannon was fired last year from the White House by chief of staff John Kelly, and returned to his post at Breitbart before being ousted in January over quotes critical of the president and his family published in the controversial Michael Wolff book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
“I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform,” Bannon said in a statement last month.