White Supremacy in the Oval Office
By David Snyder
I, a liberal Democrat, am inclined to promote diversity, inclusion, and all the other social and cultural progress and improvements that we’re always banging on about. As such, I tend to dislike bigots, racists, misogynists, sexists, white supremacists, anti-Semites, and racial conspiracy theorists. Taking all of that into account, it’s hardly a shocking revelation that I am not thrilled that Steve Bannon, former CEO of Breitbart News, has been appointed President-elect Trump’s chief advisor and de facto conscience. We, liberals, all jumped for joy when noted spineless opportunist Reince Priebus was appointed as chief of staff. Anybody but Bannon, we said. And then, of course, Bannon was named as the leader of equals amongst President-elect Trump’s inner circle. In this damned year of 2016, we have seen a man who former KKK grand wizard David Duke thinks is just a swell guy (“I think that’s excellent”) land an office adjacent to the next president’s in the West Wing.
A few verbatim quotes from Mr. Bannon that really caught my eye over the past few days seem appropriate to lay out in their context.
While Bannon was at the helm of Breitbart, the website ran articles referring to conservative commentator Bill Kristol as a “renegade Jew,” and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum as “a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned.” Former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro accused the site of embracing “a movement shot through with racism and anti-Semitism,” and Bannon’s ex-wife has testified in court that Bannon has “said he doesn’t like Jews” and didn’t want his children to go to school with Jews.
Well, I’m sure plenty of Jews don’t want their kids going to school within five hundred miles of your residence, so no worries there, Steve.
Senator Harry Reid’s spokesman was none too pleased with the appointment. “It’s easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion when Trump appoints one of the foremost peddlers of White Supremacist themes and rhetoric as his top aide,” Jentleson wrote in a statement. “Bannon was ‘the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill,’ according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
If you’re craving a piece de resistance, a cherry on top, then consider some of the headlines Breitbart ran with Bannon’s stamp of approval. “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.” And “The Solution To Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Just Log Off.” So, to be crystal-clear, the man who has the ear of the president-elect believes that birth control, contraception taken by oral tablet, makes women “unattractive and crazy.” Cheers, you foul scumbag. Furthermore, women who are frequent victims of unwarranted and vile harassment online by disgusting, insecure men should just throw their hands up in the air, yell “Aw, shucks!”, and close their laptops. They should “just log off.”
I’m sorry, I nearly forgot. One of Bannon’s most notable terms for women is “dyke.” While arguing that conservative women are somehow intrinsically better than liberal women, Bannon said that liberal women are a “bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England.”
Not to mention that Bannon refers to the American Civil War as the “War for Southern Independence,” a longstanding synonym for Confederate sympathy and racial apathy. Bannon had yet more enlightening things to say on race. Speaking on the presence of minorities in inner-cities, Bannon said, “cities could be washed away in an orgy of de-gentrification.”
Well, that’s all for today folks. I’m sure that over the next four years, we’ll be just up to our noses in similarly fair-minded quotes from President-elect Trump’s highest-ranking advisor.
Here’s to the next four years. Bottoms up.