Chief strategist and senior advisor to Trump, former Trump campaign CEO, and former chairman of white nationalist “alt-right” platform Breitbart News
Steve Bannon is the former chairman of Breitbart News. Prior to joining the Trump campaign as CEO, Bannon used Breitbart as a de facto propaganda outlet for Trump’s presidential run, publishing countless pieces breathlessly praising the candidate and excoriating Trump’s adversaries during the primary campaign. One former Breitbart editor lamented that the outlet turned “into Trump Pravda” under Bannon’s leadership and became a “go-to website” for supporters of the white supremacist alt-right movement.
- As the former executive chairman of the far-right media outlet Breitbart News LLC, Bannon’s hire represented Trump’s formal embrace of the white nationalist extreme right.
- In an interview with Mother Jones, Bannon boasted Breitbart is “the platform for the alt-right,” referring to a loosely affiliated faction of racists and white nationalists that are primarily active online.
- Bannon responded to criticism of his ties to white nationalists, saying, “I’m a nationalist.”
- Bannon is a member of the secretive far-right strategy coalition Groundswell. Other members include nativist Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies and anti-Muslim conspiracist Frank Gaffney.
- Bannon has a friendly relationship with anti-Muslim spokesperson Frank Gaffney, and has regularly hosted him on his radio show.
- In 2016, Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter, “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they [liberals] get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”
- Bannon’s Breitbart regularly published articles by anti-Muslim figures Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Brigitte Gabriel, and David Horowitz, who in a May 2016 column headline labeled conservative commentator and noted Trump skeptic Bill Kristol a “renegade jew.”