In President-elect Donald Trump’s acceptance speech, he pledged:
“… to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”
Yet, he appointed Steve Bannon, an accused racist, misogynist, anti-Semite, as the White House Chief Strategist. As his top aide, Bannon, executive chairman of alt-right website Breitbart News, will have input and influence on every decision Trump makes.
To give us all a good idea of just who Trump has chosen to fill one of the most powerful positions of his administration, here is a list of some of Bannon’s outrageous personal statements:
“Fear is a good thing. Fear is going to lead you to take action,” in a 2010 interview.
“They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England. That drives the left insane, and that’s why they hate these women.”Re: Ann Coulter, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin in a Political Vindication Radio 2011 interview
“Let the grassroots turn on the hate because that’s the ONLY thing that will make them do their duty,” Re: Republican leaders in a 2014 email exchange with a Breitbart News editor.
“We call ourselves ‘the Fight Club.’ You don’t come to us for warm and fuzzy… We think of ourselves as virulently anti-establishment, particularly ‘anti-’ the permanent political class. We say Paul Ryan was grown in a petri dish at the Heritage Foundation.” In an interview with The Washington Post
“What we need to do is bitch-slap the Republican Party,” A 2010 Political Vindication Radio interview (Okay, he may be on to something here)
Bannon began helming Breitbart News in 2012 and has since driven it even further right, turning it into, what many conservatives formerly associated with it say is ‘a hate site steeped in misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, white nationalism and anti-Semitism.’
These are some of the most insidious headlines:
“Gay rights have made us dumber, it’s time to get back in the closet”, June 2015
“Hoist it high and proud: The Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage”, July 2015. Published after the mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
“Trannies whine about hilarious Bruce Jenner billboard” December 2015.
“Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy”, December 2015. The author of the article, Milo Yiannopoulos advised women that birth control “makes you fat,” “makes your voice unsexy,” and “makes you a slut”.”
“Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew”, May 2016. The article was written by David Horowitz in response to Bill Kristol’s opposition of Trump.
“The Solution to Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off”, July 2016. Again by Yiannopoulos this time accusing women of “screwing up the internet for men by invading every space we have online and ruining it with attention-seeking and a needy, demanding, touchy-feely form of modern feminism.”
“Suck it up buttercups: Dangerous Faggot Tour returns to colleges in September”, July 2016.
Understandably, the only ones truly excited about the appointment, are white nationalist leaders. In the words of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke (to CNN’s KFile)
“I think that’s excellent. I think that anyone that helps complete the program and the policies that President-elect Trump has developed during the campaign is a very good thing, obviously.” Duke continues, “You have an individual, Mr. Bannon, who’s basically creating the ideological aspects of where we’re going. And ideology ultimately is the most important aspect of any government.”
So, there you have it America, the voice of the man who will be whispering in Trump’s ear for the next four years.
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