Donald Trump just announced his first two picks for his newly-forming administration. One of these is Steve Bannon, who Trump chose to be his chief strategist. The well-known Bannon is a former executive of Breitbart, and both he and the publishing company have taken stances that have led to fair accusations of racism, antisemitism, sexism, etc.
“What do you say to those critics who say this is bring white supremacists into the White House?” asked Stephanopoulos.
“I don’t know that there’s evidence of that,” replied Kelly.
“The Breitbart headlines?” Stephanopoulos interrupted, referencing several previous headlines on the right-wing site that have been oft-cited in recent days, including “The solution to online ‘harassment’ is simple: Women should log off,” “Trannies whine about hilarious Bruce Jenner billboard,” and “Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer?”
“The Breitbart headlines, his defenders — I mean, they’re absolutely controversial — but what his defenders say is he’s not responsible for every single headline that went up on Breitbart while he was the executive chairman,” Kelly told Stephanopoulos Tuesday, “and that that website was known as being provocative.”
While an overwhelming number of both Democrats and Republicans disapprove of the pick, white nationalists and self-proclaimed members of the Alt-Right movement are showering Trump with praise. Those offering their praise include former Grand Wizard of the KKK, who spoke with CNN about Bannon, “I think that’s excellent. I think that anyone that helps complete the program and the policies that President-elect Trump has developed during the campaign is a very good thing, obviously. So it’s good to see that he’s sticking to the issues and the ideas that he proposed as a candidate. Now he’s president-elect and he’s sticking to it and he’s reaffirming those issues.”
Duke said he intended to capitalize on the appointment, along with the momentum that has recharged the white nationalist movement in the United States. Others have weighed in, too, including Peter Brimelow, the editor of VDARE, the white nationalist website. “I think it’s amazing,” he said, while adding about stronger stances against immigration, “to the extent that the ‘alt-right’ articulates that interested, it will continue to grow.”
The chief of the American Nazi Party, Rocky Suhayda, also added his two cents, “I must admit that I was a wee bit surprised that Mr. Trump finally chose Mr. Bannon, I thought that his stable of Washington insiders would have objected too vociferously. Perhaps The Donald IS for ‘REAL’ and is not going to be another controlled puppet directed by the usual ‘Wire Pullers,’ and does indeed intend to ROCK the BOAT? Time will tell.”
Yes, Mr. Suhayda, time will tell. And God help us.