Today, President-Elect Donald Trump made two notable staff choices. The first, at a glance, appears fairly normal: Reince Preibus is taking the Chief of Staff position. The second choice is Steven Bannon, Breitbart Executive Chairman, who has been appointed Chief Strategist. Let’s talk about him first.
Trump & Bannon have a great deal in common, making Trump’s choice unsurprising:
- Like Trump, Bannon’s first wife testified under oath that she was assaulted by her husband.
- Like Trump, Bannon has a history of anti-semitism.
- Like Trump, Bannon (as Executive Chairman of Breitbart) uses faux-feminist rhetoric to excuse Islamophobia.
We expect Donald Trump to surround himself with people like Bannon. The appointment of Bannon is yet another opportunity to tell those demanding we give Trump a chance that he doesn’t deserve one. If the above doesn’t convince you, here are just a few more of the headlines published on Breitbart, Bannon’s propaganda site:
These are actual headlines Bannon published on his "news" site, this is Trump's chief strategist & sr. counselor: pic.twitter.com/4xRyWabKDS
— Peter Bondi (@pbondi) November 13, 2016
Preibus, on the other hand, is the current RNC Chair, and seems like a somewhat more conciliatory choice. A nod to establishment conservativism perhaps, or a sign that Trump is going to take a more measured tone in office. Do not be fooled.
Like all of the Republicans who denounced Trump but have now called to congratulate him or wished him success in the presidency, Preibus aligning himself with Trump is not a sign of party healing. Quite the opposite, it is a sign that traditional Republicans have lost – they must now concede to Trump & the alt-right.
The good news, such as it is, is that the biggest difference between traditional Republicans and unabashed white nationalists like Bannon, is the openness with which they show their racist asses. We’ve fought them before and will continue to do so.
Don’t let the Bannons of the world immobilize you with fear. It’s ok to be sad and angry, but channel that emotion into the immense amount of work that needs to be done. Take that anger to the streets. If you’re white then use that sadness to educate other white people. Scream, work, write, and fight like your life depends on it – because it actually does.
Featured Image by Marc Nozell