Subtlety is not Steve Bannon‘s strong suit. Case in point, the senior adviser to President Donald Trump, who rarely speaks publicly, decided this would be a good week to use a term known as an anti-Semitic dog whistle.

Just days ago, the administration was deflecting accusations of anti-Semitism that arose from Trump’s strange unwillingness to condemn a string of bomb threats on Jewish community centers across the country and the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis.

The president finally spoke about the issue Tuesday, under pressure from several Jewish organizations, and condemned the threats and other acts as “a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

But by Thursday, Bannon was smugly taunting the press at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying: “They’re corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like Donald Trump has.”

“Globalist media” is a loaded term that bubbled up out of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories of a media controlled by Jewish elites, a concept akin to “international bankers,” cabals of wealthy Jews supposedly plotting to take over the world.

Bannon knows this, I have no doubt. He ran Breitbart, a website that caters to white nationalists, many of whom are overtly anti-Semitic.