Why Trump’s new campaign chief is worse than you thought

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Until he was named the surprise new CEO of the Trump campaign, Steve Bannon had worked as executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, and his leadership there proved highly controversial. Under Bannon’s leadership, say former Breitbart employees, the site has deteriorated into a “cesspool” of racism and anti-Semitism and “a gathering place of white nationalists.”

That’s a harsh charge. If true, it’s deeply troubling that such a man has been placed in charge of a national presidential campaign. But in the midst of the political season, with inflammatory language and exaggerations everywhere, assessing the validity of such claims can be difficult. And disgruntled ex-employees aren’t always the most reliable sources of information.

Fortunately, we don’t need to rely upon second- or third-hand accounts to reach a judgment. You can hear it straight from Bannon’s own lips.

For example, in a Breitbart radio show back on May 24, Bannon was thrilled to have a man by the name of Curtis Ellis as his guest. Ellis had just published a column at World News Daily that Bannon lauded on air as “quite frankly, a stunning piece  … so provocative.” The headline of the piece read “The Radical Left’s Ethnic Cleansing of America,” and it got worse from there.

According to Ellis, the disappearance of manufacturing jobs once held by working-class white Americans has been no accident, no unexpected side effect of globalization and robotics. It was the plan all along. That’s right, “the radical left, the Clinton family and Wall Street deliberately liquidated the white working class of America.”

“The decimation of America’s middle class and industrial strength is a case of murder, not accidental death,” Ellis charged in that column. “It was done with premeditation, malice and forethought.” He further alleged that “race warriors, displaying group solidarity or guilt, were pleased to see the jobs of white Americans moving to the Third World. … the death of American working-class whites was planned by the radical left and carried out with willing executioners at the highest levels of American politics, academia and business.”

Bannon lauded all that nonsense as “a magnificent column.” And when Ellis noted a rise in death rates among rural and white working-class Americans and suggested that it too was evidence of a huge anti-white conspiracy, Bannon jumped in to agree. “Mainstream media are being kind of celebratory when they report this phenomenon,” he told Ellis. “You can almost see their smiles when they report this.”

Again, don’t rely on the judgments of others. Take a listen yourself:

 

After wading through an archive of Bannon’s past radio shows at Breitbart, I can report that such comments are not at all unusual and are in fact rather tame compared to some of his other ideas.

For example, Trump’s new campaign chief has argued on air that Khizr Khan is not the proud American Gold Star father that he might seem, but instead might be a Muslim Brotherhood plant who is plotting to impose Sharia law on the United States. Bannon has also suggested that in his job as immigration attorney, Khan is helping to smuggle jihadists and Islamic supremacists into the country to further the cause of an Islamic takeover.

Bannon is also good buddies with Trump associate and conspiracy-monger Roger Stone. (If you don’t know his work, Stone was most recently in the news for claiming that Chelsea Clinton has had four cosmetic surgeries to make her look more like Bill Clinton and less like her actual father, the late Webb Hubbell.)

In a radio show back in June, Bannon and Stone eagerly traded theories that Huma Abedin, the top aide to Hillary Clinton, is either a Muslim Brotherhood secret agent or a spy for the Saudis. They agreed that Abedin’s success in gaining a top security clearance is evidence of a widespread pro-Muslim conspiracy at the top levels of government to undermine America.

“Do you think there’s a fifth column, both in the media and in the government, a fifth column that is bought and paid for by our enemies?” Bannon eagerly asked Stone, who of course replied that it’s a very real possibility.

Bannon is also a big fan of lunatic anti-Muslim activists such as Frank Gaffney, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. The latter two are co-founders of groups condemned for anti-Muslim bigotry by the Anti-Defamation League and have been banned from travel to Great Britain because of their racist rants. Spencer, for example, has long crusaded against the Muslim Brotherhood and accuses the group of carrying out “a plan to do nothing less than conquer and Islamize the United States.” He too believes that Khizr Khan might be an agent in that plan.

In an interview Aug. 9, Bannon and Spencer celebrated the fact that 50 top Republican foreign-policy experts had just released a letter that described Trump as unfit to be president and commander in chief.  The letter didn’t matter, the two men agreed, because Trump had already concluded that the Republican foreign policy establishment had been a total failure, and that as president he would turn to other sources for guidance.

Trump had used similar language himself, without specifying who those “other sources” might be. But Bannon and Spencer thought they knew.

“The reason that you saw ‘the Failed Fifty’ throw down yesterday … is because Donald J. Trump is starting to listen to the people who had heretofore been put on the sidelines,” Bannon said. “Guess what? They were right and the establishment was wrong. The voices of people like Robert Spencer, who understand the enemy that we’re fighting and who have solutions about how we can win, are now coming to the forefront.”

Ordinarily, it might be ludicrous to suggest that the Republican nominee for president would be turning to the likes of Spencer, Geller and Frank Gaffney for guidance in how to undertake the war on terror. That argument becomes harder to make when you remember that eight days later, Bannon himself was named CEO of the entire Trump campaign.

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Tony Duke
Tony Duke

Just another case of Donald Trump attacking the institutions in our country.

DerekGator
DerekGator

Typical Bookman column:  Scream Racism to deflect the news that the Clinton Foundation is really a Mafia organization.  Trump is a very flawed man but it is hard to respect a columnist that can't recognize the flaws in his own candidate.  

Peachs
Peachs

@DerekGator lock Clinton up hotshot, or shut up, you control both halls of Congress, the ball in in your court, go get em tiger. 

JayBook
JayBook moderator

Clinton Foundation sheets.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@JayBook Just as soon as I get up off of the floor.  I also bumped my head when I fell out of my chair.  Does anyone have Hillary's doctor's number?  I hear he works miracles on injuries such as this!

goat diddler
goat diddler

That you fell down and bumped your head has been painfully obvious for quite some time...

DerekGator
DerekGator

@JayBook :  Really, nothing about the AP Clinton Mafia Foundation story?

Peachs
Peachs

@JayBook that money goes to a great cause, never hear that, actually getting medicine to the people before it is stolen by third world governments which seems to not bother the right!

Peachs
Peachs

@DerekGator @JayBook Mafia like in Russia?  Trump sending play-doe to La. is not like Clinton delivering medicine to the third world country.  I don't think Trump has a sweat going in those promos, which is very hard to do, nor his running mate who like like a body guard. 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Personally, I don't see this as a good strategy but WTH? Her campaign, her/their decision. Were she deemed trustworthy, it COULD work but without that it just looks "dodgy."

Hillary Clinton’s run-out-the-clock strategy

The Democrat aims to ignore the email and Foundation controversies, seeing a shrinking calendar as her friend.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/hillary-clinton-trump-email-strategy-227347

“They’re in a box,” lamented one Clinton ally. “It’s an issue that won’t go away, no matter what they say. Nobody’s happy about it.”

Because of Clinton's core belief that she did nothing wrong, allies no longer believe the Democratic nominee is her own best spokeswoman on the email issue.

Sounds like her allies think she DID DO something wrong.

Oh well....

onward and downward we go. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@FIGMO2 you got the downward part correct.

I have posted here more than once how Liberals have thrown their morals and character aside to support Hillary.

They rant about Trump when the total of his transgressions does not move the needle compared to Hillary.

Their hate for the Right has blinded them.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@Figmo2,

It could work because Trump is polling so badly

DerekGator
DerekGator

@BuckeyeGa :  Actually, Trump has been gaining in the polls the last 2 weeks and with the new Clinton Foundation pay to play evidence, he should be ahead of her by Labor Day. 

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Cons need to stop whining about media bia.That Hannity Trump interview/press conference was laughable

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@BuckeyeGa Hannity does not claim to be a news organization and his bias toward Conservatives is well known.

Your comparison is BS.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Hannity is a person not an org genius lol

And Foxnewa claims to be unbiased.. hes a part of Foxnews

DerekGator
DerekGator

@BuckeyeGa :  His show is an opinion talk show, just like Rachel Madow has an opinion talk show. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Will Jay take a break from his hysterical rantings about Trump and give even a wee acknowledgement of Hillary's pay-to-play?  I highly doubt it.  The truth is hard to come by. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@DownInAlbany I reviewed the AJC on-line version this morning and posted below what a Liberal Rag.

They usually fill their pages with AP articles since 99.9% of the time AP's liberal bias fits right in.

Not today, nothing on Hillary's new outing.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Tell Trump to release his tax returns

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@foo2u @DownInAlbany while requests to meet with the SOS, any SOS are routine, when you throw in the obvious tie to Clinton Foundation donations it starts to stink but not necessarily illegal.

All it will take is one incident where there is an obvious action by Hillary or the state department while she was SOS that favors the Clinton donor after his/her donation and the incident moves to criminal.

There is already lots of info on the Russian uranium buy which points to a criminal action.  There may be other incidents as well.

There should be a special prosecutor appointed now, but Obama will not let that happen.

If voters are content with our justice system becoming third world to get Clinton in the White House, then they should prepare for the consequences of third world justice across the board.

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

It's still baffling why the Trump machine has been courting the dying racist/misogynist population at any cost. Reagan was able to capture those people when they were in larger masses as well as the Religious Wrong, but The Gipper was skillful keeping them off the international cultural radar screen. Trump is the opposite. If Ronnie was able to turn over in his Simi Valley grave, he would be creating his own daily earthquake by now. This will be studied for years. 

Peachs
Peachs

@ptcrunner Ronnie was a moderate and compromiser, he actually ended five year real estate depreciation, that ruin the syndication of apartments. 

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

@Peachs @ptcrunner Who would have thought Reagan would be described as moderate by today's standards, but ever since The Limbaugh/Gingrich Revolution, the historical view has immensely changed. Over the past decade, the baton was handed off to extremists like Hannity who are upping the hardcore racist conservative landscape to insane levels. The Misinformation Superhighway has become The Autobahn of Conservative Lies and Conspiracies. The problem here is that this insanity can become reality with a Trump presidency which is beyond frightening. 

DecaturDramaQueen
DecaturDramaQueen

Jay, after a glance at comments below, clearly many of your readers are rightwing Breitbart conspiracy theory lunatics fanning the dying embers of racism, ignorance and hatred toward everyone except white republican men. As these deadenders who cling to the bottom of the repugnant barrel of a once grand political party keep injecting our culture with their ignorance and hatred, they turn off anyone who still has even a molecule of integrity. There's no possibility of real political dialogue with troglodytes and trolls in the fever swamps of Trumpian pseudo-conservatism, but I commend you for trying.

Peachs
Peachs

@foo2u so in that vain, you can't even put a candidate in office, if you can't beat the Democrats this year, because you are worse, what a picture you paint. 

goat diddler
goat diddler

Elmer Fudd could've beat her this year... Heck, even Mittens coulda beat her, but you chose Drumpf.

Stop your whining and crying, grow a sack, and take some personal sponsibility for your choices and actions.

DerekGator
DerekGator

@DecaturDramaQueen :  Typical Liberal response, scream racism whenever someone points out your candidates flaws and criminal activity

Peachs
Peachs

"The vote may be more favorable to Donald J. Trump than some prognosticators suggest, since landslides don’t really happen in presidential elections anymore."


This election has been a freak from the start, the Republicans have defaulted the match to the Democrats, who should have lost by a landslide in any other year, themselves. Hillary was incredibly short sighted in hiring Abedin.  

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

The AJC, what a liberal rag.

They usually fill their pages with articles from the AP who marches to their same liberal drummer.

The AP does some honest, real reporting and publishes a piece on Hillary selling her access via The Clinton Foundation donations.

Big news on the political front and important to the Nation choosing a president.

Does the AJC include the article or report separately?

No

Nothing, zip in the on-line edition this morning.

Freaknick on the front page, but nothing about Hillary being further exposed as a crook.

goat diddler
goat diddler

And yet here you are... Minute by minute, hour by hour... Scouring every printed letter or pixel on the screen...

Peachs
Peachs

@CherokeeCounty @JohnnyReb @Peachs my entire point here, hell I would support anybody who puts a buck in our pockets, but we are committing suicide for the cause that was fought over years ago. 

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@JohnnyReb

And I'm sure you were just as outraged when all the Republican candidates flew to Vegas to 'sell their access' by groveling at the feet of Sheldon Adelson, right?

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@Philo_Farnsworth

'puff piece'?


The guy brought money.


Trump brought Play Doh.


I can see why you'e all butt hurt and such.

Peachs
Peachs

@JohnnyReb We are lucky we have a paper at all, the economy here sucks, no support from this area for anything, why should we have a great newspaper. 


You want a great paper that represents local news, elect a party that can move the needle of the local economy, which for 16 years we have not done. 


How many great news papers do you see coming out of a ghetto?  We have a white ghetto call the south. 

Peachs
Peachs

@Philo_Farnsworth the reason you have Trump as your candidate is none of the other Republican candidates could get through the media block he had arranged with the cable news people.  Trump is a product of the modern media, and now you complain?  

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Peachs @JohnnyReb the smallest paper with the lowest budget can produce true reporting.

The AJC does not do that.

The National economy along with states and cities run by Democrats does not support your claim on improving the economy.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Dead tree version has the AP article on page A-4 next to a NYT Obama puff piece on his LA visit.

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@JohnnyReb @Peachs

The National economy along with states and cities run by Democrats does not support your claim on improving the economy.


Actually, the national economy and states and cites run by 

Dems are doing much better than those run by Republicans.  I'm always amazed at folks like you, who are so invested in your hatred that you're willing to harm your own future.

Peachs
Peachs

@Jaybird7 @CherokeeCounty @JohnnyReb @Peachs there has been a disconnect between the thinly populated and very under educated south Ga. and Atlanta.  They see black people and they are determined to make them fail. Same as Congress, can't work with em, and that is half the problem this country has right now, domestic political terrorism.