But this is precisely what social and religious conservatives have been waiting for since Ronald Reagan’s departure — someone to turn the tables on liberal scorn and condescension.

Hillary Clinton filled her “basket of deplorables” with stupid and phobic white men, while Democratic leaders and left-wing celebrities piled on with glee. Bannon answers back cleverly with one of the favored liberal terms of the moment: “President Trump triggers the left, and they can’t handle it rationally.”

Conservatives are tired of the media’s judgments, too. Rose challenged him repeatedly, but Bannon replied to the host’s querulous banter with a joke about the “pearl-clutching mainstream media.”