A lot of people are having a difficult time adjusting to the reality of a Donald Trump presidency.
However, even worse is the fact that it’s just the beginning of what could turn out to be a four-year nightmare.
The usage of the term “nightmare” is certainly not an exaggeration, taking into account the lot Trump is planning to squeeze in his potential cabinet. After all, it includes the likes of former federal prosecutor and New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the obnoxious Fox News host Sean Hannity, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Republican National Committee Reince Priebus, who has recently been confirmed as the next White House chief of staff.
However, the most upsetting name of all remains Steve Bannon who has been chosen as Trump’s “chief strategist and senior counselor.”
That’s right. Bannon, the executive of far right-wing Brietbart News Network and notorious white nationalist, is going to have the ear of the incoming president of the United States. It's telling that the appointment has now been endorsed by the KKK.
And here’s why it is alarming:
Bannon was a tyrannical editor-at-large, especially when it came to stories about Trump. All stories about the boorish billionaire were allegedly approved — and discarded — by him. In fact, Bannon’s loyalty to Trump was so unflinching that he accused his own reporter, Michelle Fields, of lying after she alleged Trump’s then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed her.
Also, during Trump’s infamous spat with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Bannon, according to The Hill, directed Breitbart staff to attack Ryan’s career, saying “long game [ Ryan] is gone by spring.” (This was before Bannon joined the Trump campaign, by the way.)
In January 1996, Bannon was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness in early January 1996, after he allegedly grabbed his then-wife, Mary Louise Piccard, by the “throat and arm,” and smashing her phone when she tried to call 911.
Piccard also accused Bannon of anti-Semitism, saying when they were looking for schools for their twin daughters, he objected to Archer Girls School in Los Angeles because of the number of Jewish students — whom he referred to as “whiny brats” — enrolled there.
Bannon believes women like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Ann Coulter “pose an existential threat” to progressive women while using an anti-gay slur.
Oh, and by the way, just like his boss, Bannon has never apologized for any of the stuff he has said.
Trump is a climate change denier and Bannon is not so different, considering Breitbart has published articles like “Climate Change: The Greatest-Ever Conspiracy Against The Taxpayer,” “Climate Change: the Hoax that Costs Us $4 Billion a Day,” “Climate Alarmists Invent New Excuse: The Satellites Are Lying,” “1001 Reasons Why Global Warming Is So Totally Over In 2016” – all published before August, the month when Bannon left the organization.
And it’s not just climate change.
Stephen Bannon was the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill https://t.co/IyJ6ET2vaS— SPLC (@splcenter) November 13, 2016
As chief strategist for the Trump administration, Bannon will make key decisions, which is frightening. Bannon is known for propagating white nationalism. It’s actually as bad as hiring former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke for that job.
Bannon’s website facilitated the alt-right movement — a (mostly) online phenomenon that spreads far-right (read: Neo Nazi) ideology. Bannon also brought the message with him to Breitbart, saying "We're the platform for the alt-right." The term "alt-right" is nothing more than a new label for white supremacists.
NPR reports, "Most of its members are young white men who see themselves first and foremost as champions of their own demographic. However, [...] their greatest points of unity lie in what they are against: multiculturalism, immigration, feminism and, above all, political correctness."
Have a look at the kind of “news” his website published below:
Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said Trump’s appointment of Bannon, “signals that White Supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trump’s White House. It is easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion.”
Shaun King, civil rights activist and a reporter for the New York Daily News, reacted to Bannon’s impending role as Trump’s chief adviser in an emotionally charged Facebook post.
Breitbart once maligned King by alleging the writer, who is biracial, is actually a white man.
As Bannon settles into the position of Trump’s chief strategist, more of his racist quotes and sound bytes are surfacing.
In one instance from 2015, the alt-right firebrand can be heard expressing disappointment at what he believed to be a high number of Asian tech executives. On Nov. 5, 2015, Bannon suggested on his radio show that there were too many Asian immigrants working as CEOs in Silicon Valley.
When Trump was a guest on his Sirius XM show “Breitbart News Daily,” the now president-elect argued that immigrants who study at the top American universities should be allowed to stay in the country after graduation to work.
Trump said, “People are coming in and they’re taking jobs and people are getting paid less money. A lot of it has to do with borders. But people who are capable of making lots of money and building big businesses should stay… You know, we have to keep our talented people in this country.”
When Trump asked Bannon if he concurred with his statement, Bannon waffled a bit. “When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think…” he said. “A country is more than an economy. We’re a civic society.”
Bannon’s facts weren’t accurate, however. The Huffington Post reported that a May 2015 study indicated that 27 percent of people working in Silicon Valley were Asian or Asian-American. Less than 14 percent of executives were found to be Asian immigrants or of Asian descent.
Again — just to emphasize the gravity of the situation — this man who beat his wife, a racist, misogynist, climate change denier, anti-Semite and Islamophobe has been made the chief adviser of the next leader of the United States.
Americans are fighting back, with many petitioning Trump to rescind his appointment of Bannon in light of his history as a promoter of white supremacy and bigotry. Perhaps Trump, who claims to condemn all the hate crimes being done in his name, will respond if enough people raise their voices in protest.