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

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 TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Trump campaign spox rips GOP congressman over rejection of QAnon conspiracy Biden hits back after Trump's attacks on Harris 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 Breitbart.com 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."