Ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon to speak at Hong Kong conference tomorrow

Steve Bannon speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

If you’ve been watching US politics implode over the last year or so and experienced a severe case of FOMO, never fear: the dumpster fire is coming here.

Former Trump adviser and White House reject Steve Bannon is set to make a public appearance in Wan Chai tomorrow. While we initially pondered whether he’d be talking about being the real-life inspiration for Pennywise in It, it appears the right-wing firebrand will actually be speaking at a conference for CLSA, an overseas unit of state-owned brokerage Citic Securities Co.

Bannon, 63, will be taking the stage at the 24th annual CLSA Investors’ Forum at the Grand Hyatt tomorrow to pontificate on “American economic nationalism, the populist revolt, and Asia,” Bloomberg reports. While Bannon’s appearance has not been widely publicized by the event’s hosts, a spokesperson for CLSA confirmed it with Bloomberg and said he’d been selected because “he’s the man of the moment, and we believe our clients are interested in what he has to say”.

To get an idea of what that might entail, we took a look at Bannon’s appearance on 60 Minutes last night, during which the controversial godfather of the alt-right said China was the United States’ “biggest single problem”, claiming the country, which is “at economic war with the US,” was “cutting out the beating heart of American innovation” by “appropriating technology” from the States.

Amazingly, a representative for Bannon said he was “unconcerned” about CLSA’s connections to the Chinese government.

In case you can’t attend the talk personally, you can feign attendance (and a meet and greet) by creating your very own mini Steve Bannon with a can of moldy Spam:

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