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Steve Bannon has been under relentless fire from critics on the left since he was named chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Donald Trump.

Before joining Trump’s campaign as his CEO, Bannon was the executive director of Breitbart News, an outlet he described in July as a “platform of the alt-right.” His selection as one of Trump’s top advisers prompted harsh rebukes from groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as top Democrats, who called Bannon an unacceptable choice.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign CEO Steve Bannon is pictured backstage during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin U.S. November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign CEO Steve Bannon (R) is pictured talking to a reporter after a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegr’s

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign CEO Steve Bannon is pictured backstage during a campaign event in Warren, Michigan U.S. October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Stephen Bannon, campaign CEO for President-elect Donald Trump, leaves Trump Tower in New York. Trump on Sunday named Republican Party chief Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and conservative media owner Bannon as his top presidential strategist, two men who represent opposite ends of the unsettled GOP. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Interpretive park ranger Caitlin Kostic, center, gives a tour near the high-water mark of the Confederacy at Gettysburg National Military Park to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and campaign CEO Steve Bannon, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Steve Bannon, campaign CEO for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, looks on during a national security meeting with advisors at Trump Tower, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)



But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bannon seems unbothered by the response to his selection.

“Darkness is good,” Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter’s Michael Wolff. “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. They’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”

Bannon predicted Trump’s victory over the summer, outlining to Wolff a prescient path through Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Then, and now, Bannon noted that many people had completely missed the driving forces that ultimately propelled Trump to victory.

“The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country,” Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no [expletive] idea what’s going on. … It’s a closed circle of information from which Hillary Clinton got all her information – and her confidence. That was our opening.”

It wasn’t just the mainstream media and the liberal elite. Right-leaning Fox News also misunderstood Trump’s appeal to voters.

“They got it more wrong than anybody,” he says. “Rupert [Murdoch] is a globalist and never understood Trump. To him, Trump is a radical. Now they’ll go centrist and build the network around Megyn Kelly.”

Now, Bannon predicts Trump will ride his coalition of traditional Republicans and white working-class former Democrats to a permanent electoral powerhouse – perhaps without the small government conservatives who had steered the party for the past eight years.

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Trump campaign “Make America Great Again” hats wait for U.S. House Republicans on their seats as they arrive to a caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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