Since the inauguration, Bannon, Trump’s fiery chief strategist and the former chairman of Breitbart News, has had an outsized role in shaping policy in the new administration, particularly when it comes to immigration.
Bannon became executive chairman of the conservative website Breitbart in 2012. It was Bannon’s leadership and influence that resulted in the website embracing racist, anti-immigrant and white nationalist ideas that form the alt-right movement.
Breitbart published an article in 2015 defending anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller for hosting a “Draw Mohammed Cartoon Contest” in Texas, which was viewed as many as an overt attempt to anger Muslims. Two armed men with links to ISIS targeted the event and were killed by police.
Two weeks after the white supremacist Dylann Roof gunned down nine black parishioners at a prayer service in South Carolina, Breitbart ran a story titled, Hoist it Loud and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims a Glorious Heritage.
Last year, Breitbart ran a story titled, Young Muslims in the West are a ticking time bomb.
The frightening thing is that Bannon seems to be able to inspire Trump to do anything. When Trump becomes the victim of criticism, instead of blaming Bannon, Trump views the criticism as an attack on him personally. Trump becomes vindictive. Trump fails to identify the real culprit is Bannon himself!
Bannon doesn’t seem to care if Trump is impeached. The only issue for him is how long he can stay in power and how much damage can he do before he quits?