I’m not talking about Donald Trump. Is he a white supremacist? Maybe. No, I’m talking about his senior adviser and chief strategist, Steve Bannon. And after a week and a half in office, it’s obvious who is running the administration. Breitbart Bannon has his white nationalism dripping all over the people’s house and it’s not a good look.
Let’s get a little background on this terrifying man. We know that Trump only has ‘the best people’, and this guy is no different. He was charged with domestic abuse by his wife in 1996 and that same wife accused him of being anti-Semitic, when in 2007, he complained about the number of Jews in the school his daughters attended. Before joining the Trump campaign, he ran the Breitbart website, which is a haven of white supremacists, racists, and bigots that consistently posts fake news.
He is also an avowed Leninist, as he openly admitted to a Daily Beast reporter back in 2013. His quote? “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment’. Said establishment means not only democrats and democratic ideals, but the media and progressive society as a whole. I’ve no doubt that the Muslim ban (and there is no way to argue that wasn’t a Muslim ban) was his idea. Oh, and let’s not forget that he wrote the ‘American Carnage’ inaugural speech for Trump. That was a doozy.
Most recently, in one of the most unprecedented moves Trump has made (and that’s saying something), he signed an executive order to make Bannon a permanent fixture on the principles committee of the National Security Agency. This is not normal, especially when the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence have been demoted to ‘invitees’ only. There is a saving grace with this though. According to Title 50 of the U.S. Code, section 3021, those people appointed to the NSC by the president will be by advice and consent of the Senate. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) has introduced new legislation (Strengthening Oversight of National Security Act) that would essentially ban Bannon from the council.
Other than just being an awful man, there are two things that have happened recently that really stick to my craw. First, in typical neo-nazi fashion, the White House put out a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that removed any mention of the Jewish people. Here is the statement in full:
“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.
Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.
In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”
The entire reason for the Holocaust was the ‘Final Solution’, the Nazi’s desire to rid the world of the Jewish people. It was a genocide that specifically targeted Jews and we shouldn’t forget that. To say you’re being ‘inclusive’ by not mentioning the Jews just makes you look stupid and racist. It also coincided with the Muslim ban, so that didn’t help the optics at all.
Secondly, Trump and his radical fascists want to revamp and rename a government program aimed at fighting violent ideologies. The ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ (CVE) program will be changed to ‘Countering Islamic Extremism’. The entire point of the CVE is to offer educational programs and community partnerships in an effort to curb group or lone-wolf attacks in the United States. But apparently only Muslims are susceptible to radicalization. Never mind people like Dylan Roof, Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph, Jared Loughner, James Holmes, etc. Murders linked to white-supremacy spiked after President Obama was elected. The SPLC lists 12 from 1995-2004 and 17 from 2009-2014.
I’m in no way saying that Muslim extremism doesn’t exist in the states, but it’s more likely that we’ll be killed by radicalized white-nationalists than a Muslim. This new program is, on its face, just another racist tactic from the most hateful and divisive administration in history. And it’s only been a week and a half!