Former Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon was named chief strategist of Trump’s White House on Sunday.
The news was greeted with backlash from critics, pointing to the fact that under Bannon’s stewardship, Breitbart became a hotbed of fringe conservative movements, including white nationalism and anti-feminism.
Before joining Breitbart, Bannon was a Goldman Sachs banker and producer of conservative documentary films. Bannon is also co-founder and executive chairman of the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative nonprofit that has investigated the Clintons, Barack Obama, and Jeb Bush, where Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer is president.
Here are just a few of his more head-turning quotes.
1. Bannon once said in a 2011 radio interview that the women’s liberation movement consisted of “a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England.”
2. He literally wants to destroy the state. He told The Daily Beast in 2014, “I’m a Leninist.” He elaborated: “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.”
3. He’s accused by his ex-wife of anti-Semitism, specifically of not wanting to enroll his daughter at a school because too many Jews attended it. “He said that he doesn’t like Jews and that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiney brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews,” his ex-wife said in a 2007 sword court filing during her and Bannon’s divorce proceedings.
4. Bannon’s new role at the center of Republican leadership is ironic given his longtime posture as a flame-throwing outsider who frequently challenged the GOP. “What we need to do is bitch-slap the Republican Party,” he once said.
5. He acknowledges that the alt-right movement is not entirely anti-Semitic or entirely white nationalistic or entirely anti-gay. “Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are attracted to some of the philosophies of the alt-right? Maybe,” he told Mother Jones. “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 element.”
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