Donald Trump campaigned on the promise to “drain the swamp” of business-as-usual Washington insiders. Reince Priebus, the head of the Reublican Party, qualifies as the leader of the Washington Insiders. Trump’s recent announcement of his appointment of Reince Priebus is a shocking example, less than a week after the election of Trump, of the fact that Trump never intended to keep his promises. He said whatever he thought people wanted to hear, with no intention of keeping his word. Another striking example of his immediate about-face came in the 60 minute segment he did on Sunday. Yes, four…FOUR DAYS AFTER THE ELECTION, Trump not only vowed not to mount a challenge to the SCOTUS decision validating gay marriage, but he said he’s fine with it. During the campaign he made anti-gay remarks frequently and with great fervor. Probably the stance Trump was best known for was his position on deportation of illegal immigrants and building a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the country.
It was June of 2015, over 16 months ago, that Trump declared he’d deport all illegal immigrants.
For over a year he made deportation the fundamental basis of his platform. Now that he’s been elected, less than a week after the election, Trump has limited his position to deporting criminals only.
Trump has also named Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist in the White House. You remember Bannon, he’s the executive chairman of Breitbart News, and the producer of the fictional movie about Sarah Palin, the Undefeated.
Stephen Bannon gave an interview, while promoting his 2010 film, “Fire From the Heartland: the Awakening of the Conservative Woman,” where he argued that Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Ann Coulter pose an existential threat to the left.
“These women cut to the heart of the progressive narrative,” he explained. “That’s one of the unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement––that, in fact, the women that would lead this country would be feminine, they would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children. They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the 7 Sisters schools.”
In the movie, the Undefeated, Sarah Palin is described as: “Like a marine, she runs toward the danger.” Bannon must have forgotten about the fact that Palin ran from her office as Governor. Bannon portrayed Palin as a ” Christ-like savior” of an America that’s lost its fiscal and spiritual way. The film about Palin was described as nothing more than a full-length commercial endorsement of her character and accomplishments.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate-watch group, has accused Breitbart of explicitly embracing ethno-nationalism. After Bannon’s elevation was announced by Trump, the law center tweeted several controversial stories written by Breitbart under Bannon’s control, including a piece published two weeks after a mass killing at a black church in Charleston, S.C., last year: “Hoist it high and proud: the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage.”
Democrats have sharply criticized the Bannon appointment. Representative Adam Schiff tweeted: “Selection of Steve Bannon for senior White House role unsurprising, but alarming. His alt-right, anti-Semitic & misogynistic views don’t belong in WH.”
Bannon represents the worst in American politics. He is an over-weight, scruffy headed slob, who promotes racism, misogyny, and anti-semetic views. No wonder Donald Trump has elevated him to one of the highest positions in his administration. On November 13, Trump released a statement announcing Bannon’s hiring. While White House chief of staff is typically the most senior position in the White House, the press release named Bannon first and then Reince Priebus. The statement of Trump described the two as “equal partners” in the Trump administration.
Bannon has been a key figure in leveraging this bigotry to aid Trump’s rise to power. Bannon bragged during the Republican Convention that Breitbart News had become home to the “alt-right” — which is just a racist code word for white nationalists. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart News has featured racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and anti-LGBT rhetoric. The site recently made a “noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas — all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right’” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Before he died, Andrew Breitbart himself reportedly called Bannon “the Leni Riefenstahl of the tea party movement.”
Bannon’s Breitbart News especially has come under fire for its rampant anti-Semitism. In May, contributor David Horowitz wrote a piece calling The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol a “renegade Jew.” In September, Breitbart News writer Matthew Tyrmand called Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum a “political revisionist” who was “on the warpath against the rising populist forces doing electoral damage to her establishment friends and allies across the world,” adding, “hell hath no fury like a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned.” In August, former Breitbart News writer Ben Shapiro accused the website of embracing “a movement shot through with racism and anti-Semitism.” Bannon’s anti-Semitism goes deeper than just Breitbart. As CNN’s Jake Tapper noted on Twitter after today’s announcement, Bannon’s ex-wife swore in court that “he said he doesn’t like Jews” and didn’t want his children to go to school with Jews. Indeed, Esquire politics contributor Charles Pierce even compared Bannon with David Duke.
If anyone tells you that Donald Trump may not be as bad as President as we think, ask them what they are smoking. Nine different states voted to legalize recreational pot. Fortunately that coincided with the election of Donald Trump as President. Pot may be the only way to tolerate life with Donald Trump as President.