STEVE BANNON WEEK PRESENTS — TRUE LIFE: I went to High School with Bannon’s Breitbart Heir

Spike Friedman
Feb 2, 2017 · 4 min read

I went to high school with Breitbart’s current Editor-in-Chief.

Not Steve Bannon. Jesus, I’m not that old. I went to high school with Bannon’s successor.

He was fine then, I think.

That’s him sitting next to Steve Bannon, doing a podcast, maybe pitching Casper Matresses or the elimination of globalists.

He was a year below me. He played baseball. If I remember correctly he was nice enough? We weren’t close but we definitely interacted.

Were we on a debate team together? Maybe JSA? Model UN? Something like that. I did a bunch of that stuff in high school. We may have carpooled to tournaments.

He runs a website with a billion pageviews a year and a vertical for stories about “black crime.”

Did we talk politics? Probably? I was already plenty liberal then but had a number of more conservative friends. I can’t remember anything he ever said on the subject. I guess what they say is true: You can’t really measure a man’s soul in the back of a school van on the way home from a debate tournament, assuming you really were on a debate team with a guy and not misremembering the context you interacted with him in high school.

Why can’t I remember more about this guy?

Look at him standing next to Curt Schilling, also a gross racist, and Steve Bannon:

This guy, Steve Bannon, Curt Schilling. Friends. Probably just work friends. But maybe friend friends? Tough to say.

I glanced through his Twitter feed. He loves Milo, hoops, Ben Shapiro and dogs. I agree with him on two of those things.

I don’t know what the hell this is:

The Buzzfeed/pee connection is weird, though, given that the tweet is from last June. Probably just a coincidence.

The guy runs Breitbart now.

Of all the young men in the country for Steve Bannon to bequeath his online empire to... this guy…

I don’t get it.

He tweeted this after the election about Nancy Pelosi:

I went to a private high school with this guy in a big coastal city. He went to Berkeley afterwards.

What is he so angry about? Does he think of himself as angry?

Did I do this? Or, to be less narcissistic, does the context I came from violate some people to such a degree that, despite having almost identical backgrounds to mine, they become staunch nationalists capable of influencing millions to support racist policies I abhor?

Apparently high school was hard for him:

I don’t think I ever spoke to him after graduation. We could have had a civil conversation about dog shows if pressed:

I bet he’s really satisfied right now. I would be. I’m too furious about other stuff to be angry about that, though if I had even one strong memory of his face from high school that I could plaster a smug smile on with a thought-bubble saying “I’m glad those refugees are fucked,” I’m sure I could get angry at him.

I’m scared to post this. I don’t really know why.

Oh, yeah. That’s why.

Also I’m sure that if I were running a website with a billion views that conformed strictly to my belief system, he could dig up plenty of shit on me.

But also, I don’t want to humanize him. Mostly because I despise what he and his boss are doing, the empire they’ve built, the chaos they’re wreaking.

But also because, again, I can’t remember him as human. And I’m scared this blog post is humanizing. I hope it’s more of a self-indictment. Like, what the fuck is wrong with me that I was right there with this guy and didn’t do anything? What the fuck is wrong with me that I’m writing this blog post? What the fuck?

What the fuck is going on?

I don’t know.

So, one more time, this guy and Steve Bannon:

Steve Bannon who is now the President of the United States’ chief strategist.

I don’t get it at all.


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