As thoughtful, reasonable Americans attempt to adjust to what has happened to their country over the past few days, the news just gets worse and worse and worse.
While Donald Trump has walked back some of the most controversial threats and promises he made during the election and has been busy playing nice, his cabinet picks tell a completely different story. As we outlined earlier today, Trump is assembling a truly horrific team of far right monsters who will be spending every waking hour dismantling President Obama’s progressive policies and rigging the government to benefit the country’s billionaire class. Some are so frightening that even Glenn Beck has come out to forcefully speak against them.
In response to Trump’s selection of former Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, the ever leftward leaning Beck warned his listeners that this man has no place in office and should be regarded as a serious threat to the county.
“He’s a nightmare and he’s the chief adviser to the president of the United States now,” said Beck.
Stating that he “has a clear tie to white nationalists,” Beck warned that Bannon “wants to tear this system down and replace it with a new system.”
“He is a terrifying man. A terrifying man.”
Other right wingers like Anna Navarro have also been sounding the alarm, calling Bannon a “white supremacist, anti-gay, anti-Semite, vindictive, scary-ass dude,” on Twitter.
The accusation of Bannon’s racism is well documented. For example, as Ashley Feinberg wrote today in Deadpsin:
Shortly after Bannon was appointed as Trump’s campaign CEO, court documents revealed that his ex-wife labeled him an explicit anti-Semite. According to her, Bannon had complained about their twin daughters attending Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles because there were too many Jews. His wife went on to say that Bannon “said that he doesn’t like the way [Jews] raise their kids to be ‘whiny brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.” (Bannon, of course, denied the allegations.)
Ben Shapiro, an extreme conservative who used to work for Bannon, had the following to say about his former employer:
Under Bannon’s Leadership, Breitbart Openly Embraced The White Supremacist Alt-Right. Andrew Breitbart despised racism. Truly despised it. He used to brag regularly about helping to integrate his fraternity at Tulane University. He insisted that racial stories be treated with special care to avoid even the whiff of racism. With Bannon embracing Trump, all that changed. Now Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with [Milo] Yiannopoulos pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers.
For those of us familiar with Breitbart.com under Bannon’s leadership, his racism isn’t surprising. What is surprising though, is that Trump would have the audacity to give him a prominent cabinet position, particularly given the current mood of the country.
Trump’s hiring of Bannon is basically an indication of how he intends to run the country and deal with the media — through fear, intimidation and divisiveness, all of which Bannon perfected while running Breitbart.
While many of us have been hoping that Trump was not going to be as bad as we feared, the reality is that he is likely going to be much, much worse.
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