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 Leanings: Breitbart 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 Rhetoric: In 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 coverage: In 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.