Steve Bannon, by the AP’s Evan Vucci.

It didn’t take Steve Bannon long to reveal his next steps after being ousted from his White House role as President Trump’s chief strategist.

Bannon is going back “home” to Breitbart — the highly popular and influential platform for white nationalism and other extreme ideologies under the blanket term “alt-right.”

It’s tough to understate the influence news media of all kinds played in the 2016 election. Bannon’s version of Breitbart led the way on the far right.

He gave an interview to conservative magazine The Weekly Standard on Friday, shortly after media began reporting that he was leaving Trump’s administration.

In the piece, Bannon says the Trump presidency his base imagined is over. Bannon is convinced that others advising the president will push Trump from the ultra-conservative agenda on which he campaigned.

Now Bannon says he’s ready for a different kind of fight:

“I feel jacked up,” he told the Weekly Standard. “Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt. I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”

“What #Minnesota lacks in confederate monuments, we happily make up in kitsch,” Twitter user Lisa Baumert wrote to us earlier today.

Given the recent discussions on removing controversial or offensive statues across the U.S., we wanted to ask what statues people actually like here in Minnesota. We posed the question to Twitter, and many readers responded. Here are some of your favorite Minnesota monuments:

Here’s one more answer, for good measure:

A man looks at a picture of the original World Trade Center towers in the windows of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Justin Lane | Getty Images

Maine’s governor says the effort by communities to remove Confederate monuments is like taking down a 9/11 memorial.

“Whether we like it or not this is what our history is and to me it’s just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11,” Paul LePage said. “It will come to that.”

Will it? How?

A better analogy would be if people went to New York and took down the monument to the men who flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

There is, of course, one problem with that: There aren’t any. It would be hideously inappropriate if there were.

But, like Robert E. Lee, they’re our “history” too and, according to LePage this is how we learn history.

“I think what they are standing for is equally as bad, they are trying to erase history,” LePage tells the Portland Press Herald. “How can future generations learn if we are going to erase history?”

Books? History class? A visit to the Gettysburg battlefield? Pretty much the way most people have always learned history.

And future generations won’t need a statue of Mohamed Atta, or Marwan al-Shehhi, or Hani Hanjour, or Ziad Jarrah to learn about 9/11.

In other news, Green Bay, Wis., is taking down its 9/11 Memorial.

It seems it was cheaply built and contained factual errors.