It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis–an UNCANNY resemblance to our current political leadership, right down to the clownish stupidity of the POTUS and the obscure machinations of his lead advisor.
Buzz Windrip “was vulgar, almost illiterate, a public liar easily detected, and in his ‘ideas’ almost idiotic, while his celebrated piety was that of a traveling salesman for church furniture…” (70) “…he was the Common Man twenty-times-magnified by his oratory, so that while other Commoners could understand his every purpose, which was exactly the same as their own, they say him towering among them, and they raised hands to him in worship.” (71) [Matt Taibbi spoke with many Trump supporters who stated that they could not understand a thing Clinton said in her speeches, but that they could understand Trump’s language.]
“Intellectuals and Reformers and even Rugged Individualists,. . . saw in Windrip a free vigor which promised a rejuvenation of the crippled and senile capitalistic system.” (78)
Sarason had been a “decidedly…’hard-boiled reporter’. . ., who asserted that he would rather be called a prostitute than anything so sissified as ‘journalist’. “[R]ich people…asserted that Sarason was ‘too radical,’. . .he had lost his trust (if any) in the masses. . .; and he believed now only in resolute control by a small oligarchy. In this he was a Hitler, a Mussolini.” (28)
“Sarason had. . .been ‘building up’. . .Windrip for seven years before his nomination for President,” and, “had encouraged Windrip to keep up in the Great World all of the clownishness which had endeared him to his simple-hearted constituents. . .” (71-72)
I would daresay that Bannon has been working the Trump angle for a while–perhaps not for seven years, but long enough to make it pay off for him in the position he has now acquired.