President-elect Donald Trump announced Sunday he appointed Stephen Bannon to the position of chief strategist.
Bannon is the CEO of Breitbart News, a conservative media outlet known for its divisive, racially charged rhetoric. The site was an early backer of Trump's candidacy, and Bannon was also the CEO of Trump's campaign.
Who is Bannon?
Before Breitbart, Bannon worked as an investment banker and media executive. He met Andrew Breitbart while working on a Ronald Reagan documentary called "In the Face of Evil." He also co-founded the Government Accountability Institute and helped lead the production of "Clinton Cash," which details the Clinton family's practice of accepting large donations and speaking fees.
He believes in a "virulently anti-establishment" populist movement.
The Southern Poverty Law Center linked to Bannon's endorsement from racist forum Stormfront.
And former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke said he "hoped' Bannon got the job.
Let us be clear. The hiring of Steve Bannon as a WH policy adviser is exactly the same as hiring David Duke. Please don't normalize this.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 13, 2016
Critics of Bannon did not hold back.
Republican strategist Ana Navarro called him a "vindictive, scary-ass dude."
Is there precedent for such a disreputable & unstable extremist in WH senior ranks before Bannon? Sid Blumenthal? But Bannon more powerful.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 14, 2016
And conservative writer Bill Kristol called Bannon an "unstable extremist."
A strategist for Ohio Gov. John Kasich continued to criticize media coverage.
Many pointed to controversial headlines Breitbart had run.
This list of more headlines comes from a Clinton supporter.
My God, all that anti-semitism on Hillary's private email server was so disgusting...oh, wait, I mean on Steve Bannon's public website.— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) November 14, 2016
Other Twitter users called Bannon's site "disgusting."
Hey if you call Bannon "controversial" in a story or headline do us all a favor and quit journalism and do PR for car dealerships.— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) November 14, 2016
Writers condemned those who didn't refer to Bannon as a white nationalist.
BBC referring to Stephen Bannon as "conservative firebrand" and the Times as "anti-establishment figure". He is a racist. Don't sugarcoat it— Samira Shackle (@samirashackle) November 14, 2016
Here's more condemnation of Bannon's media coverage.
A writer for The Guardian resurrected a 2014 Bannon interview.
A Breitbart writer dismissed the white supremacy accusations.
And Trump supporters found the Bannon criticism hypocritical.
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