In what was described as a “shakeup,” Donald Trump hired a new team to remake his struggling image. One of the big changes to the campaign was the hire of Stephen Brannon, of Breitbart news, as the campaign’s CEO. But the New York Post reports that court papers which have surfaced reveal that Bannon should probably worry a little more about his own image, as it looks like he has a history of roughing up his wife and playing sadistic games with her life.
According to divorce papers filed by his wife, Mary Louise Piccard, things took a violent turn on New Year’s Day in 1996. Bannon allegedly grabbed her “by the throat and arm.” He then told her that he would “take the girls and leave,” referring to the twin daughters they have together.
“I took the phone to call the police and he grabbed the phone away from me throwing it across the room, and breaking it as he [was] screaming that I was a ‘crazy f—ing c–t!”
Things got so out of control that police eventually responded to the scene. When they arrived, pictures were taken of Piccard’s injuries and a report was made of the incident.
The court document claims that Bannon’s attorney allegedly “threatened” Piccard, telling her that if the case went to trial she “would have no money [and] no way to support the children.”
Bannon then hatched a scheme to make his problem go away, literally. Piccard said that he told her to skip town because “if I wasn’t in town they couldn’t serve me and I wouldn’t have to go to court.”
“He also told me that if I went to court he and his attorney would make sure that I would be the one who was guilty. I was told that I could go anywhere in the world.”
Piccard did as she was told and left town for two weeks. Once the court date had passed, Bannon’s attorney called her and told her she could come home.
“Because I was not present at the trial, the case was dismissed,” she said in her declaration.
The document also claims that Bannon was a sadistic asshole even before they got married. At the time, Piccard was pregnant with their twins. He allegedly told her that he wouldn’t put a ring on her finger until he knew for sure that the girls were “normal.”
“Bannon made it clear that he would not marry me just because I was pregnant. I was scheduled for an amniocentesis and was told by the respondent that if the babies were normal we would get married.
After the test showed that the babies were normal the respondent sent over a prenuptial agreement for me to review.”
On April 14, 1995, Piccard and Bannon were married. Their daughters were born three days later.
Piccard also claimed that Bannon was violent with his children as well. He rarely saw them but he was a firm believer in physical punishment for his daughters, even when they were very young.
As an example, Piccard said that in one particular instance, one of the girls had been hitting her head off the crib. Even though she was just a toddler, Bannon began spanking her. Piccard said that when she tried to stop him, he became enraged. He called her “f-—ing crazy” and said that if she had left him alone and not interrupted him “she wouldn’t be banging her head anymore.”
Piccard did not want to comment and a representative for Bannon said only that “Steve has a great relationship with his ex-wife and his twins.”
Sounds to me like Bannon should fit right in with Trump, who apparently felt his campaign could use a boost in not only racism but misogyny as well. The Republican nominee certainly knew what he was getting himself into since a simple look at a few Breitbart headlines makes it abundantly clear what kind of sexist asshole Bannon really is. Here are just a few of the misogynistic gems to have graced the publication:
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