After attempting, and sometimes almost succeeding, to appear “Presidential,” Donald J. Trump Sunday returned to his old, hateful self by appointing white nationalist Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist and counselor in the White House.
Bannon, turned Breitbart News into an alt-right propaganda machine that spouts conspiracy theories, promotes white nationalism and violence against anyone not considered “lilly white.” The man who criticized an exclusive private school and said he would not allow his daughter to associate with Jews, is now one of two top advisors to the incoming President.
When a young racist proudly displayed the confederate flag on the web before mass murdering the pastor and many parishioners at a black church in Charleston, S.C. last year, Brietbart and Bannon published a story two weeks after the horrific killings, bragging: “Hoist it high and proud: the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage.”
Tweeted the Southern Poverty Law Center after Trump’s announcing of Bannon’s appointment:
Stephen Bannon was the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill. Trump should rescind this hire. In his victory speech, Trump said he intended to be president for “all Americans.” Bannon should go.
Posted John Weaver from Austin, Tx.: “The racist, extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Ofice. Be very vigilant America.”
Breitbart headlines its articles in all capital letters, considered “shouting” on the Internet: Examples include ‘BIRTH CONTROL MAKES WOMEN UNATTRACTIVE AND CRAZY,” and “RACIST, PRO-NAZI ROOTS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD REVEALED.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, called Trump’s appointment of Bannon “a sad day” and added “we call on President-elect Trump to appoint and nominate Americans committed to the well-being of all our country’s people.”
In divorce proceedings in 2007, Mary Louise Piccard said Bannon abused her and used anti-Semitic language.
In a statement to the court, Piccard said Bannon had a problem with “the number of Jews that attend” the private Archer School for girls, where they considered sending their daughters.
“He said that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘winy brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews,” Piccard, under oath, testified. Bannon, of course, claims he never said such things.
Ben Shapiro, a former Beitbart editor who worked closely with Bannon, called him “a legitimately sinister figure.”
“Many former employees of Breitbart News are afraid of Steve Bannon,” wrote Sharipo for the Daily Wire. “He is a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally busing supposed friends and threatening enemies.”
Trump, as candidate for President, used Nazi symbols in some of his Twitter “tweets” and was slow to distance himself from former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. He praised white nationalists. His companies are often cited for discriminatory practices and fined for racist actions.
White Supremacy groups and publications proclaim Trump’s victory as “a proud time for our cause” that gives them “a voice in the White House.”
That voice is Stephen Bannon, who will be at Trump’s side and whispering into his ear.
(Column includes information from The Washington Post, the New York Daily News and other media sources.)
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