Thursday, August 18, 2016

Trump's Latest New Campaign Manager - Breitbart News Head Stephen Bannon - Is A Certifiable Wacko

The New York Daily News has a great article up this morning called "Trump not crazy enough for you? Here are five ideas spread by the site run by the mogul’s new campaign CEO" (link). The website referred to is Breitbart, and it is just about as far to the right as you can get these days.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has hired Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen Bannon as his new campaign chief executive. Here are a few of the ways the Daily News describes the kinds of unpleasant and conspiratorial things advocated for by Mr. Bannon, this week's latest flavor of the week guy hired by Donald Trump to run his campaign.

White Supremacist LeaningsBreitbart News has often been accused of spreading the same race-baiting diatribes and thinly veiled white nationalist leanings as Trump himself. Much of those have been written by controversial columnist Milo Yiannopoulos, who has frequently littered the internet with overtly racist and hateful statements. In March he penned a comprehensive defense of his opinions and theories, many of which have been deemed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as evidence of a "a noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right."

Anti-gay RhetoricIn the same vein, Breitbart News has been accused of pushing anti-gay bigotry and has even given a mouthpiece to anti-LGBTQ hate group leaders like Austin Ruse. Ruse's faction, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), has been labeled a hate group by the SPLC. Ruse, for example, has written on Breitbart about hateful conspiracy theories surrounding the tragic death of Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and tortured in a brutal hate crime in Wyoming in 1998.

Trump reportedly paid for good coverageIn addition to spewing pro-Trump odes and anti-Clinton conspiracies, Breitbart News actually took money from the bigoted billionaire — a sinister exchange that has cast a wide shadow over the site's credibility. "The company's top management was allowing Trump to turn Breitbart into his own fan website — using it to hype his political prospects and attack his enemies," BuzzFeed News reported in August 2015. Breitbart editors and writers alleged the company had a financial arrangement with Trump, according to BuzzFeed.

Classy, all the way. To put this all into perspective, here are a couple of recent articles run on Breitbart. Just to give you an idea of the kinds of things Donald Trump finds to be informative and enjoyable reading. So much so that he hired the guy responsible for them to run his presidential campaign. These - and many other examples - are featured in a Media Matters post called "Breitbart News’ Worst Headlines" (link).



Bill Kristol being a Republican conservative who has shown the unfortunate temerity to criticize the always thin-skinned Donald Trump (link).

These are certainly not the kinds of things you would have found on the resume' of someone running the campaign of a major party presidential candidate in the past. Or at least not in the United States. Then again, we have now boldly entered into a whole new kind of crazy now.

There are people who are very excited by the hiring of Mr. Bannon. One such group of folks can be found on something called Alt Right. They are people who have found sympathy at Breitbart in the past, and are now more than happy to return the favor. Here is how they are described by the news site The Daily Beast (link):

Alt Right Rejoices at Donald Trump’s Steve Bannon Hire: As Breitbart’s chief, Steve Bannon did a lot to normalize the racist, anti-Semitic world of the alt right. Now they rejoice as he joins the campaign of their king.

Donald Trump’s campaign is under new management—and his white nationalist fanboys love it. The campaign’s new chief executive, Stephen Bannon, joins from Breitbart News—where he helped mainstream the ideas of white nationalists and resuscitate the reputations of anti-immigrant fear-mongers.

White nationalists today invest a lot of energy worrying about growing Hispanic and Muslim populations in the U.S. Turns out, Breitbart News spends a lot of time worrying about those things, too. And in Bannon, they see a media-friendly, ethno-nationalist fellow traveler.

“Latterly, Breitbart emerged as a nationalist site and done great stuff on immigration in particular,” VDARE.com editor Peter Brimelow told The Daily Beast.

VDare is a white supremacist site. It’s named after Virginia Dare, the first white child born to British colonists in North America. Brimelow said he and Bannon met briefly last month and exchanged pleasantries about each other’s work.

“It’s irritating because VDARE.com is not used to competition,” Brimelow added. “I presume that is due to Bannon, so his appointment is great news.”

Brimelow isn’t the only prominent white nationalist to praise the Bannon hire. Richard Spencer, who heads the white supremacist think tank National Policy Institute, said he was also pleased. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart has given favorable coverage to the white supremacist Alt Right movement. And Spencer loves it.

Just when you thought this election wasn't scary enough.

Ivanka Trump partying with the Putins
You just can't make this stuff up. This from the gossip site Gawker (link):


So let's see if I have this straight. Wendi Deng is the girlfriend of Vladimir Putin. But she is also the ex-wife of Fox News owner and all-around media empire billionaire Rupert Murdoch? And a dear friend of the Trumps as well?

Amazing. Wendi Deng is a one woman Bilderberg.

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32 comments:

  1. Bannon's more than just bigoted. He's rabid anti-GOP leadership, which could never be pure enough for these far-right wingnuts no matter what they do. He is supposedly trying to take over the party; and allied with Trump, the official party leader right now, there is an argument that he has at least partially done so.

    Discussion on Joy Reid's show last night made his movement sound to me like the nasty right's very low version of the Bernie Sanders movement, which once hoped to take over the "hopelessly corrupt" Democratic Party in 2016 and now is working on a longer timeline.

    On the negative side, Breitbart's is also a populist movement, and they will be trying to woo disaffected left-wing populists to join them. Charles Koch is also working separately on keeping left-wing malcontents simmering.

    On the positive side, no way Trump can win the presidency, but Bannon loathes Paul Ryan and may just make a serious attempt to take him out before going down. Please, do McConnell too!

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  2. FBI Just Threatened The Entire Republican Party With Prosecution
    http://newcenturytimes.com/2016/08/17/fbi-just-threatened-the-entire-republican-party-with-prosecution/

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  3. and yet I still gag when I think of Hillary as President - she's not bat ship crazy as Trump but she is a liar and touts her "public service" when it's always been about Hillary

    vote Libertarian

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    1. Vote Libertarian = throw your vote away.
      Clinton is a sane human being who has a lifetime of experience in politics.
      Trump is not sane.

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    2. Libertarianism is so lame.

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    3. Disagree, 7:54. I think the Libertarians are especially smart about victimless crimes. However, no third party has a chance, and it's a petulant act to vote for one.

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    4. Sum up libertarianism in three words: Whatever I Want. Sub text: NO Rules for Me. Remember all rules and regulations are the result of someone else's bad behavior. Too bad we are all not nicer to one another. There should be a Golden Rule party. Every organized religion in the known universe has some sort of the Golden Rule.

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    5. Yea! Vote for the marijuana smoker for Pres. Just what we need!

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    6. A health advocate, Johnson never smoked marijuana. He instead put it into things like baked goods. He used it as a pain killer because of a back injury he sustained while sky diving.

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    7. Really? A health advocate? Guess you've never seen all the"health advocates" that go to a pot dispensary.

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  4. I miss Andrew Breitbart; he always caught the Democratic party in their lies and called them out. Bombastic is fantastic.

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    1. Ah, devotion to the "If it bleeds, it leads" approach.

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  5. Jill Stein; Green Party (a woman just like Hillary) and Gary Johnson; Libertarian, both were given platforms on stage with the Republican Party in the debates.
    By the way, if you view your world by separating the human race out by the pigment if skin; then you must have seen a variety of speakers welcomed by THE Rubublican Party only. What's with the Democratic old and very wealthy white peoples party?

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    1. 8:12, get thee to an optometrist.

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    2. Nice try, pal.

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    3. Blinded by the white.

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    4. 3:40, best post of the day, so far.

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  6. Devotees of corruption and lies can't help themselves. A life time of don't think for yourself just let your government take care of your every needs; honestly you can trust crooked Hillary.

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  7. Vote for Hillary and keep the poverty maintenance programs for inner cities.

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  8. God help this country. We are going to hell no matter which idiot/liar wins. Both parties need a do over.

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    1. trump IS the republican party do-over. all the rest were tools

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  9. Warning - don't open if Trump offends you. Somebody put up a naked Trump statue in Union Sq Park in NYC. It's pink.
    https://twitter.com/jamesmichael/status/766293927955542016

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  10. Ooh Obama's state department just admitted to paying ransom to Iran for the United States citizens/PRISONERS...
    Thank for making all Americans much safer when traveling overseas Democratics.

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    1. Did you make that up or did your dog tell you?

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    2. I guess you only read the headline and not the text of the article?

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    3. Democratics? Is that a new third party?

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  11. Better a naked Trump than a naked Hillary!

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  12. Donald is regretting and then lies that he funds his own campaign. He is going broke.
    He appeals to White Nationalists. He is a true sociopath.

    If you believe Hilary is a liar, pleae do yourself a favor and do some research.
    She has been lied about more than any American politician.
    Educate yourselves.

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    1. Perhaps you should do the same 7:20PM. Neither is any good.

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    2. Donald Trump Promises Not To Lie, Right Before Lying A Bunch Of Times
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-acceptance-speech-lies_us_579173eae4b00c9876cedfcd

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  13. Would appreciate it had you given me credit for my original photoshop of the tRump Nazis. Gregory B. Geddings

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