Donald Trump has elevated white supremacist Steve Bannon to a seat on the National Security Council. This was done as Trump removed the nation’s top military and intelligence advisers as regular attendees of the National Security Council’s Principals Committee, the interagency forum that deals with policy issues affecting national security.
Here are thoughts and ideas of this unelected racist that are troubling and concerning in a story written by Karen Frattti by Romper:
He Thinks Race Is About ‘Victimhood’
According to BuzzFeed, Bannon said in 2011 that the progressive movement was all about victimhood:
He Thinks There Are Too Many Asians
In November 2015, Bannon spoke to Trump on his SiriusXM radio show about some of his immigration policies. For once, Trump seemed to be lenient about certain immigrant communities. Bannon wasn’t so sure that all immigrants, no matter how skilled, should be allowed to stay. He said:
He Does Not Think There Is A “Major” Race Problem
While on Karen Hunter’s SiriusXM show in July (yes, just this summer right after the shooting of Alton Sterling and the police shootings in Dallas), Bannon said, “I do not believe we have a major race problem in this country. I just don’t,” adding,
He Doesn’t Mind Hosting The Alt-Right
Bannon has said on multiple occasions that his website, Breitbart News (you can air-quote that if you’d like) was the platform of the alt-right, which is made up of white supremacists, nationalists, Islamaphobics, anti-semites, and all the trolls that harass females on social media. But Bannon thinks everyone is being too hard on them, according to Mother Jones:
Wait, Let’s Go Back To Black Lives Matter For A Second
This is from a post Bannon wrote in July about how Black Lives Matter is a left wing conspiracy and he delves into the minds of the men who were shot. He suggests “some people” are just “naturally” violent:
Black Politicians Prove That Racism Doesn’t Exist
In that same interview with Hunter in July, he almost sounded like a naive liberal, talking about a post-racial society:
How About A Little Anti -Semitism With That?
Bannon’s ex-wife said that disagreements about where to send their children to school was a problem long after their divorce in 1997, after she made allegations that he abused her. (The case was dropped when his ex-wife did not show up to court, and a rep told Politico that the two had a “great relationship.”) In 2007, when they went back to court to settle these custody disputes, his ex-wife Mary Louise Piccard claimed,
For his part, Bannon’s spokesperson told The New York Daily News, “At the time, Mr. Bannon never said anything like that and proudly sent the girls to Archer for their middle school and high school education.”
The appointment by President-elect Trump of a racist individual like Steve Bannon to a position of authority is totally unacceptable.
Bannon supporters can say that he’s not a white nationalist or a white supremacist or whatever they want to. The fact is that he ran a website for years, at the very least, that was by his own admission a platform for white nationalism. On that matter, too, he doesn’t see anything wrong with nationalism. “If you look at the identity movements over there in Europe, I think a lot of [them] are really ‘Polish identity’ or ‘German identity,’ not racial identity. It’s more identity toward a nation-state or their people as a nation,” he told Mother Jones in August.
(As a side note, the nationalist movements in those countries are about keeping the countries “pure,” like the French National Front, led by Marie Le Pen, which has been accused of inciting racial violence. It’s also just not a great comparison to make anyway, since nationalist movements in Europe that lean to the super right are steeped in fascism.)
That Bannon would make the comparison, happily cater to the alt-right, and organize the group around a Trump candidacy is worth noting. Much like Bannon’s public quotes about race, his appointment as chief strategist to a president of the United States is unprecedented.