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Steve Bannon’s School Crushed by Italy

Bannon with “friend” Salvini

President Trump’s former strategist vows to fight the Italian government’s decision to evict his academy from the Monastery of Trisulti.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s quest to build a school for the far right in Italy has hit a snag thanks to the country’s culture ministry, kinda. On Friday, the ministry said it would summarily Bannon and his academy from the 800-year-old mountaintop monastery where he had foolishly (for Italy) planned to hold masterclasses for leaders and activists.

Christened by Bannon as the high-sounding Academy for the Judeo-Christian West, the institute was designed to accommodate 250 to 300 students at a time. The curriculum, which Bannon was developing himself, would be focused on defending the “Judeo-Christian tradition” in politics and the media against what he claims is growing “secularist intolerance.” Eleven, count’em, cardinals are listed on its board of advisors.

“Political opinions have nothing to do with [this],” a representative for the ministry of culture, Gianluca Vacca, said in a questionable statement. “We are interested in respecting the law and protecting the national cultural heritage.” Yeah, sure, but behind the decision, however, is alleged to be ultra rightest Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini who is (allegedly again) insanely jealous of Bannon.

In 2017, Bannon joined forces with Benjamin Harnwell, the enigmatic British-born director of the Catholic conservative Dignitatis Humanae Institute (another  high-sounding name). They won a bid to lease part of the Monastery of Trisulti, which dates back to the early 13th century. The lease, which was finalized in January, granted the building to the duo for 19 years in exchange for annual rent of $112,000.

In April, the head of Italy’s European Union ally, leftist Democratic Party, Nicola Zingaretti, wrote to the culture minister that “Trisulti has been a place of peace, prayer, and meditation for eight centuries” and that it “is not compatible with the training activities of nationalist groups who often have openly xenophobic positions.”

Now, Italian officials are evicting Bannon from the former monastery, claiming that the he has not met the contractual obligations of the lease, including protecting and maintaining the historic property. A spokesperson for the ministry expressed doubts that the lease was legitimate in the first place, explaining that because the monastery is listed as a national monument, any lease-holder must have demonstrated five years of experience caring for a landmark of cultural significance.

Bannon, in Italy – a country of losers rather than winners, is also foolishly deciding to become one of them and in no mood to leave. “The fight for Trisulti is a microcosm of the fight for the Judeo-Christian West,” he declared in, once again, an “high-sounding,” statement.

Lots of luck on that one, Steve. You would do better by walking around with the mass of tourists in Rome seeking over-priced brand-name products.

As the Italians say, Steve baby – sei stato fregato! (you’ve been had).

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