If it hadn't been for legions of disgruntled gamers, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon would probably still be making his living by cheating at World of Warcraft, and President Donald Trump would probably still be firing the likes of Gary Busey on 'The Apprentice', according to Samantha Bee. The 'Full Frontal' host recently delved into Bannon's roots in a book review of Joshua Green's 'Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency.'
"This is the true story of how Steve Bannon brought the alt-right into our world like a reverse Buffy [the vampire slayer] standing at the hellmouth going, 'Come on in, demons!'" Bee said, adding that the story begins in 2005 when "Steve Bannon joined a gold-farming company that employed warehouses full of Chinese workers to win prizes in 'World of Warcraft' and then sell them back to real players for real money."
In other words, cheating. That's how other gamers saw it, at least. They hated Bannon and his team of cheaters so much, they complained until the 'World of Warcraft' creators shut down accounts associated with Bannon's company. But instead of learning to play fair, the incident inspired Bannon to harness the power of irate gamers and turn it into a political movement of pissed off white dudes with a penchant for rape threats.
Here's how WoW taught Bannon to mobilize the alt-right: