Since his upset victory last Tuesday in the general election, President Elect Donald Trump has gone about the business of configuring his administration.
This circle of advisors will have a direct impact on American policy, foreign and domestic.
The public interest in this particular administration is sky high if you consider the extravagant campaign promises that were issued to the Trump voter base.
The people tasked with actually carrying these objectives out are as important as the President himself.
Trump’s attempts to build a politically viable administration have already alarmed citizens on both sides of the fence.
Donald Trump has not been President Elect for 10 days, and his decison making is already raising questions.
He appointed long time GOP insider Reince Preibus Priebus as his chief of staff, which in reality was a solid decision.
Priebus appears to be a voice of reason in a room that will lack it at times, he also is the former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Priebus seems grounded, a man with a value system.
Priebus has ties to the establishment within the party, and is the perfect diplomat between Trump, and the GOP party members who are anti-Trump.
Priebus relationship with party members will be essential to policy making.
Trump can bloviate all he wants about the big moves he is going to make, but the President of the United States cannot act unilaterally in every given scenario.
He will need support from his constituents.
As of right now, that’s going to be an uphill battle, because both parties have influential members that disagree with Trumps policy proposals, not to menton his actions during the campaign.
Some of those same politicans are also upset with Trump’s selection of his Chief Strategist.
Steve Bannon was the editor and chief of Breitbart, an Alt-Right online publication, that has produced some of the most racist content the internet has ever seen.
Digusting content, vile journalism.
Yet in this political climate, the website has been mainstreamed, generating buzz, and attracting high volumes of traffic on a daily basis.
The fact that a hate driven site could attain such success is unbelievable, the headlines that have graced the pages of the magazine are overtly bigoted, and they target everyone.
Some would argue, that when Trump appointed Bannon to his campaign, the website took off, and became what it is today.
The content on the site alone should disqualify Bannon from ever occupying an influtential position in the White House.
The man should not even be a janitor at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The problem here is 3 fold, the site he manages is but one of the problems.
The 2nd problem is some of the statements he has made on the record.
“Are there racist people involved in the alt-right? Absolutely,” he told Mother Jones at this year’s Republican National Convention. “Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are attracted to some of the philosophies of the alt-right? Maybe. Are there some people that are anti-Semitic that are attracted?
Maybe. Right? Maybe some people are attracted to the alt-right that are homophobes, right? But that’s just like, there are certain elements of the progressive left and the hard left that attract certain elements.”
Think about that for a second, the man who produced that statement is now a top administrator in our goverment.
He will be in the President’s ear for 4 long years.
From Buzz Feed
“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.”
This quote is as bad or worse than the first one.
What is he talking about exactly?
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2016
Does Bannon believe that all empowered women are members of the LGBTQ community?
And so what if some of them are?
What does that have to do with anything?
He also seems to take issue with women being strong , educated, aware,
Bannon’s commentary is dripping with misogyny, his anger towards women jumps off the page.
You can cut the tension with a knife when you hear his views on bigotry in general.
“They’re either a victim of race. They’re victim of their sexual preference. They’re a victim of gender. All about victimhood and the United States is the great oppressor, not the great liberator.”
Mr Bannon’s belief, that the struggle for progression is some excuse for people to feel sorry for themselves is truly disheartening, pathetic really.
To dimiss bigotry with such irresponsible reasoning, to target anyone that is not white with generalzations stamps this man as a racist.
A proud racist at that, he had no qualms about producing this type of commentary, he wasn’t concerned with the damage that it did.
When he was just an internet windbag, he could be ignored, but now that he will be impacting policy in the White House, his behavior is worthy of review.
The 3rd problem with the appointment of Steve Bannon is the citizens he is sympathetic too, and by extension, the audience that the Trump administration is attempting to appease with this decision.
The Klu Klux Klan for starters, and other white nationalist groups that have zero tolerance for anyone that isn’t white.
Donald Trump claims he is not a racist, but he certainly seems to appeal to those that are.
The KKK marched in his honor when he was elected, and Trump has not distanced himself from that march, or the organization.
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 15, 2016
Hate crimes have increased over the last week at a geometric rate, there is chaos in the all over the country.
Powerful demonstrations against Trump, against intolerance, have been seen in most major cities.
One would think that Trump would look to make choices that are unifying at this point in time, but in typical Trump fashion, he did the opposite.
Steve Bannon, and the reaction to that appointment should be a wake up call to everyone in Washington
Peter Brimelow, who runs the white nationalist site VDARE, praised Bannon’s hiring, saying it gives Trump a connection to the alt-right movement online.
“I think it’s amazing,” Brimelow said of Trump’s decision to tap Bannon. “Can you imagine Mitt Romney doing this? It’s almost like Trump cares about ideas! Especially amazing because I would bet Trump doesn’t read online. Few plutocrats do, they have efficient secretaries.”
Brad Griffin, a blogger who runs the white nationalist website Occidental Dissent using the pseudonym “Hunter Wallace,” said he thought Bannon’s hiring showed Trump would be held to his campaign promises.
“It makes sense to me,” he said. “Reince [Priebus] can certainly get more done on Capitol Hill. He will be an instrument of Trump’s will, not the other way around. Bannon is better suited as chief strategist and looking at the big picture. I think he will hold Trump to the promises he has already made during the campaign.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) November 16, 2016
“I think that’s excellent,” former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke told CNN’s KFile. “I think that anyone that helps complete the program and the policies that President-elect Trump has developed during the campaign is a very good thing, obviously. So it’s good to see that he’s sticking to the issues and the ideas that he proposed as a candidate
The truth of the matter is, Steve Bannon will have to step down from this appointment, or refuse it.
America does not accept it, that much is clear by the reaction.
We cannot have a white suprematist influencing the general direction of this country, such a scenario is in complete contravention with what this nation currently stands for.
Steve Bannon can publish all the garbage he wants on the internet, we can bypass that.
But sitting at the head of the table with the President of the United States?
No, that’s not going to work.
The media is going to eat him alive, he will be forced to explain his views on race, his commentary regarding women, and his connection to the Alt-Right.
That’s going to be difficult for him to do, because if he starts preaching racist idealogy to the American public, the Trump administration will have major problems.
There already was anger, pain and agony over Trump’s victory, and this appointment pours gasoline on it.
The situation will turn into a bon fire if Bannon crosses the line during the formative months of the Trump administration.
This is about doing whats right for the country, not rewarding loyalists.