Shorten fell for elites, says Trump strategist Steve Bannon

Shorten fell for elites, says Trump strategist Steve Bannon, by Cameron Stewart.

Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon says Labor’s Bill Shorten “snatched ­defeat from the jaws of victory” ­because he pandered to inner-city elites at the expense of ordinary Australian families.

Mr Bannon, who was the architect of Mr Trump’s 2016 presidential triumph, said Scott Morrison won because, like Mr Trump, he spoke honestly to the ­“little guys” who saw through Labor’s ­“utopian” policies on ­climate change, its class-warfare tactics and use of identity politics.

“It’s the little guy who is the backbone of civic society but who is not outspoken … they don’t demonstrate but they pay attention,” Mr Bannon told The Aus­tralian in an exclusive interview from Paris. “That’s what the elites have forgotten — they think these people are stupid.