Like I said in my last post. President-elect Donald Trump needs to start making some high profile choices with regards to good domestic and economic policy.
He's obviously not paying attention.
On Sunday, Trump announced the CEO of his campaign, Steve Bannon, as his chief strategist and senior counsel. Then the internet practically exploded. Why? Probably because of Bannon's association with white nationalist circles.
Before coming to the Trump campaign, Bannon was head of the Breitbart News Network. According to the Huffington Post:
At Breitbart, Bannon helped make the hardline populist website a go-to resource for white nationalists and the alt-right, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.
. . . Breitbart has propagated conspiracy theories, like Planned Parenthood having Nazi ties or Clinton aide Huma Abedin being a spy for Saudi Arabia. The website traffics in misogynist and racist stories; it frames women who push back against harassment or gender bias as weak and incompetent and portrays people of color and immigrants as inherently criminal.
. . . The SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League expressed concern over the appointment as well, with the ADL saying Bannon and “his alt-right are so hostile to core American values.”
Trump's selection of Bannon obviously received almost universal condemnation. But two of his strongest supporters are allegedly pleased with the selection:
David Duke just made his public statement on how proud he is of the appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump's Chief Strategist.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 13, 2016
Trump voters wanted changed and they have it already. It's not every day that a leader of the so-called evangelical Christian right joins a leader of the white supremacist movement in openly praising a presidential selection.
A new world it is, indeed. Although I wouldn't go so far as to call it brave.