Ever since President-elect Donald Trump announced his Chief White House Strategist as Stephen Bannon, former executive chairman of Breitbart News, the political world has been in a tailspin with such Senators as Bernie Sanders demanding Trump rescind his position.
What makes Stephen Bannon such a controversial figure, according to Washington Post, is his associations to many of the distasteful posts that went out under the Breitbart News banner such as:
“Bill Kristol: Republican spoiler, renegade Jew,”
“Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy,”
“Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer?”
“Gay rights have made us dumber, it’s time to get back in the closet.”
However, can you be guilty by association? That is the question that the Washington Post set out to answer, but concludes that we all may have to wait and see.
While Bannon may not have the same views as the Breitbart readers and writers, the Washington Post writes, he has definitely been “strategically encouraging people’s hate as a way of inciting them to action.”
CBS News also commented on Bannon’s reputation of being a racist, anti-semitic, nationalist that help led the alt-right movement.
When Bannon was asked to comment on these allegation, he gave a statement reported by MotherJones in August 2016.
“Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are attracted to some of the philosophies of the alt-right? Maybe,” he said. “Are there some people that are anti-Semitic that are attracted? Maybe. Right? Maybe some people are attracted to the alt-right that are homophobes, right? But that’s just like, there are certain elements of the progressive left and the hard left that attract certain elements.”
CBS explains: “Bannon himself has described Breitbart as a vehicle of the “anti-establishment,” and has repeatedly dissed House Speaker Paul Ryan.”
Bannon told the Washington Post in January 2016, “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.”
Whatever your individual views might be on Brannon, he is definitely someone who should be paid very close attention to as Trump marches closer inauguration.