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What is it with these guy’s hair? Is Stephen a hair donor?
Jon ‘The Nazarite’
President-elect Donald Trump’s first White House hire tells you everything you need to know about his commitment to his campaign’s bigoted message. Stephen Bannon, an anti-Semite who ran the white nationalist “alt-right” website Breitbart News before taking a leave of absence to become the Trump campaign CEO, will be Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor.
On November 13, Trump released a statement announcing Bannon’s hiring. The same statement noted that Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus would become Trump’s chief of staff. While White House chief of staff is typically the most senior position in the White House, the press release named Bannon first and described the two as “equal partners” in the Trump administration.
Bannon has been a key figure in leveraging this bigotry to aid Trump’s rise to power. Bannon bragged during the Republican Convention to nominate Trump that Breitbart News had become home to the “alt-right” — which is just a racist code word for white nationalists. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart News has featured racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and anti-LGBT rhetoric. The site recently made a “noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas — all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right’” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Before he died, Andrew Breitbart himself reportedly called Bannon “the Leni Riefenstahl of the tea party movement.”
Bannon’s Breitbart News especially has come under fire for its rampant anti-Semitism. In May, contributor David Horowitz wrote a piece calling The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol a “renegade Jew.” In September, Breitbart News writer Matthew Tyrmand called Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum a “political revisionist” who was “on the warpath against the rising populist forces doing electoral damage to her establishment friends and allies across the world,” adding, “hell hath no fury like a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned.” In August, former Breitbart News writer Ben Shapiro accused the website of embracing “a movement shot through with racism and anti-Semitism.” Bannon’s anti-Semitism goes deeper than just Breitbart. As CNN’s Jake Tapper noted on Twitter after today’s announcement, Bannon’s ex-wife swore in court that “he said he doesn’t like Jews” and didn’t want his children to go to school with Jews. Indeed, Esquire politics contributor Charles Pierce even compared Bannon with David Duke
Main article: Firing of Shirley Sherrod
In July 2010, Breitbart released an edited video titled “Proof NAACP Awards Racism” which featured USDA official Shirley Sherrod speaking at a NAACP fundraising dinner in March 2010. In the video released by Breitbart, Sherrod admits to a racial reluctance to help a white farmer obtain government aid. As a result of the video, the NAACP condemned Sherrod’s remarks, and U.S. government officials called on Sherrod to resign, which she did.
The NAACP later posted the longer 43-minute video of the speech. In it, Sherrod said her reluctance to help a white man was wrong, and she had ended up assisting him. The NAACP then reversed their rebuke of Sherrod, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack apologized and offered Sherrod a new government position. Breitbart said that the point of the piece was not to target Sherrod, but said the NAACP audience’s reception of some parts of the speech demonstrated the same racism the NAACP’s President had accused the Tea Party movement of harboring. In 2011, Sherrod sued Andrew Breitbart and his business partner Larry O’Connor for defamation. In July 2015, it was reported that Sherrod and Andrew Breitbart’s estate had reached a tentative settlement.
Nancy Pelosi/Miley Cyrus ad campaign
In April 2014, Breitbart.com created an advertising campaign to launch Breitbart California which included posters bearing an image of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi‘s head superimposed onto singer Miley Cyrus‘s body who was seen twerking on California governor Jerry Brown, spoofing the 2013 VMAs. DNC Chairwoman and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz denounced the images as disrespectful to women. In response, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthyrequested that his column be removed from the site.
According to Breitbart, the inspiration for the ad campaign was a 2013 Saturday Night Live skit in which Cyrus appeared as a highly sexualized version of Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann alongside a feminine, homosexual version of Republican Congressman and Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Breitbart News Network (known commonly as Breitbart News, Breitbart or Breitbart.com) is a politically conservative American news, opinion and commentary website founded in 2007 by conservative commentator and entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart (1969–2012). It also has a daily radio program on the Sirius XM Patriot channel called Breitbart News Daily.
Breitbart is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with bureaus in Texas, London, and Jerusalem. Co-founder Larry Solov is the owner and CEO. Stephen Bannon serves as the publication’s executive chairman, with Alexander Marlowserving as the editor-in-chief.
Conceived by Andrew Breitbart during a visit to Israel in summer 2007, with the aim of founding a site “that would be unapologetically pro-freedom and pro-Israel”, Breitbart is aligned with the alt-right, and Bannon declared the site “the platform for the alt-right” in 2016. The New York Times describes Breitbart News as a “curiosity of the fringe right wing”, with “ideologically driven journalists”, that is a source of controversy “over material that has been called misogynist, xenophobic and racist”, and is now a “potent voice” for Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign.
Notable events in Breitbart’s history have included the ACORN 2009 undercover videos controversy, the firing of Shirley Sherrod, the Anthony Weiner sexting scandals, the “Friends of Hamas” story, the Nancy Pelosi/Miley Cyrus ad campaign, the misidentification of Loretta Lynch, and Michelle Fields‘ allegations against Corey Lewandowski.
Bannon is one of the key architects of the “alt-right” movement, and is orchestrating a “new vast right-wing conspiracy,” according to a Bloomberg Businessweek profile published earlier this year. At Breitbart News, Bannon used news stories to viciously criticize more moderate or left-wing politicians, as well as attacking women, feminists, political correctness, muslims, and trans people through the ultra-conservative site. A small selection of headlines published on Breitbart News during Bannon’s tenure give an idea of his aggressive approach.
gs, Mary Louise Piccard claimed Bannon didn’t want their daughters attending a certain school in Los Angeles because there were a large number of Jews attending, according to court documents reviewed by the New York Daily News and BuzzFeed. “The biggest problem he had with Archer is the number of Jews that attend,” Piccard said in her statement signed on June 27, 2007. “He said that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiny brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.”
When she told him there were also Jewish children at another school they were considering, he asked about percentages. “I told him that I didn’t know because it wasn’t an issue for me as I am not raising the girls to be either anti-Semitic or prejudiced against anyone,” she wrote.