Steve Bannon (1953- ), best known as the head of the far-right Breitbart News from 2012 to 2016, became the head of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in August 2016 and will now be Trump’s top adviser when he becomes US president in 2017.
On Stormfront, the Klan website, user Phoenix1933 wrote:
“Stephen Bannon: racist, anti-homo, anti-immigrant, anti-jewish, anti-establishment. Declared war on (((Paul Ryan))) Sounds perfect. Muhahahaha. The man who will have Trump’s ear more than anyone else. Being anti-jewish is not illegal. Nothing you dirty stinking jews can do to keep him out.”
The spokesman for Harry Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate:
“It is easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion when Trump appoints one of the foremost peddlers of White Supremacist themes and rhetoric as his top aide. Bannon was ‘the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill,’ according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
Bannon himself said of Breitbart News:
“We’re the platform for the alt-right.”
The alt-right is made up of White nationalists who spread their ideas on the Internet.
Breitbart News under Bannon ran headlines like:
- Hoist it High and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims a Glorious Heritage
- 5 Devastating Facts About Black-on-Black Crime
- Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew
- There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews
- Lesbian Bridezillas Bully Bridal Shop Owner Over Religious Beliefs
- Donald Trump: Candidate for Our Age
It “100% vindicated” Trump’s lie that he saw thousands of people in New Jersey celebrating 9/11.
It favoured far-right parties in Europe like the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), the National Front in France, Alternative for Germany and Geert Wilders’s Party for Freedom in the Netherlands. Bannon is friends with Nigel Farage of UKIP.
Breitbart News has been pretty much a Trump mouthpiece since late 2015.
Robert Mercer: Both Breitbart News and the Trump campaign have a common moneyman: Robert Mercer. So does neocon John “Bomb Iran” Bolton, who Trump has named as a possible Secretary of State.
Background: Bannon, who grew up in White working-class southern Virginia, served in the Navy, went to Harvard Business School, became an investment banker on Wall Street (Goldman Sachs), and then went to Hollywood to make right-wing documentaries. He has made a fortune by buying a share in the royalties from “Seinfeld” (1989-1998). He is a huge fan of Sarah Palin and, now, Donald Trump.
In the wake of Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, Republican leaders pushed for immigration reform so that they could get a bigger share of the Latino vote. Bannon used Breitbart News to oppose that. Immigration reform was killed. In 2015 he saw in Ted Cruz, and then in Donald Trump, a champion for the anti-immigration cause.
Julia Jones, who worked with Bannon in his Hollywood days, says he is not racist:
“I never knew the ‘racist Steve’ that’s being reported now. I never heard him make any racist jokes, and his best friend was an African-American who went to [college] with him. … I never saw even a hint of racism.”
– Abagond, 2016.
- Donald Trump
- Sarah Palin
- Mitt Romney 2012
- Ted Cruz
- Southern Strategy
- “Some of my best friends are Black”
- Black-on-Black Crime argument
- Confederate flag