Steve Bannon’s ties with deep-rooted racism continually are coming to the forefront, although several of his former colleagues say that Bannon isn’t bigoted.
In a New York Times report on Monday, the newspaper indicated that Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief White House adviser, reportedly suggested that some black citizens should not be allowed to vote.
The Times published an in-depth report about Bannon’s populist background, writing that “In Donald Trump, he may have finally identified the vessel for the revolution he had in mind.”
Julia Jones, who co-authored a documentary on Ronald Reagan with Bannon in 2004, recalled a conversation in which Bannon made the hateful remark. She remembered Bannon had said that some people were genetically superior to others and that only people who owned property should be allowed to vote.
Jones told the Times, “I said, ‘That would exclude a lot of African-Americans.’ He said, ‘Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.’ I said, ‘But what about Wendy?’” Jones was referring to Bannon’s executive assistant. “He said, ‘She’s different. She’s family.’”
Certain ex-colleagues, including Jones, have told the Times that they don’t see Bannon as a racist individual, which seems odd in light of his statements and editorial work on Breitbart.com since 2007 that caters to the alt-right.
“Hell, no, he’s not a white nationalist,” a former black colleague at Goldman Sachs reportedly told the Times.
Jones also said that “[Bannon’s] using the alt-right — using them for power” and is not racist.
If Bannon is indeed using the alt-right to benefit himself, wouldn’t that make him a white nationalist by association?
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