Monday, November 21, 2016

Chief Strategist

This is what we are facing with president-elect’s chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon.
10 of Breitbart's most incendiary headlines
CNN Money
By  Jill Disis
November 15, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump's chief White House strategist hails from a website that traffics in incendiary headlines, many of them outwardly racist, misogynist, anti-Semitic -- and very, very pro-Trump.

Steve Bannon led Breitbart News before taking leave in August to run Trump's campaign.

As recently as Sunday, amid a surge of harassment and vandalism since the election, the site published an article titled, "Wave of fake 'hate crimes' sweeps anti-Trump social media." The Breitbart Twitter account, meanwhile, celebrated Bannon's new job.

Here's a sampling of Breitbart's most incendiary headlines:
  • 'The solution to online 'harassment' is simple: Women should log off'
  • 'Bill Kristol: Republican spoiler, renegade Jew'
  • 'Trannies whine about hilarious Bruce Jenner billboard'
A December 2015 article criticized a campaign to take down a billboard mocking Caitlyn Jenner after she went public with her transition last year. "Transsexuals have forced a company in New Zealand to take down a billboard poking fun at Bruce Jenner and his man-parts," the article said.
  • 'Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy'
  • 'Hoist it high and proud: The Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage'
  • ' "Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer?" '
  • 'Gay rights have made us dumber, it's time to get back in the closet'
  • 'Science proves it: Fat-shaming works'
  • "There's no hiring bias against women in tech, they just suck at interviews"
In an article by Jessica Roy in the LA Times had this to say about Steve Bannon,
The chairman of Breitbart News will be President-elect Donald Trump's chief strategist in the White House.

Steve Bannon's promotion in the Trump empire — he served as CEO of Trump's presidential campaign — was met with horror from civil rights groups and Jewish and Muslim organizations.

“It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the alt-right … is slated to be a senior staff member in the people’s house,” Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said.

Bannon once described Breitbart News in an interview with the Investigative Fund as the "platform for the alt-right," or alternative right. It's a brand of far-right conservatism that generally embraces and promotes white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny.

People who identify as alt-right reject those descriptors as overly simplistic. They believe that what they define as intellectualism and rational thought should guide policy.

According to Breitbart's own "guide to the alt-right," they aren't racist, they're "unapologetically embracing a new identity politics that prioritizes the interests of their own demographic." They aren't misogynist, they "incorporate masculinist principles." (Breitbart does concede in that same article that neo-Nazis, or "1488ers," make up part of the alt-right.)
Sorry I am not going to whitewash it by calling them alt-right, they are white supremacists! They are racist, misogynist, and anti-Semitic. We cannot let the press gloss them over by calling them alt-right, there is only one name for them white supremacists.

This afternoon I am down in New Haven giving another training for homeless shelter employees. I can't help but wonder if in the coming months will HUD remain a partner is the training.

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