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Trump taps a member of Breitbart with inflammatory past for administration position
Two government sources claim Hahn looks set to become a special assistant, working on trade and immigration policy, as well as a speechwriter alongside her former boss Bannon—who co-founded and led Breitbart before joining Trump’s campaign.
Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart moved from conservative blog to far-right news publication. Hahn was a producer for Laura Ingraham’s chat show before moving to Breitbart in 2015.
That Hahn is set to give assistance in sculpting speeches and immigration policy is possibly alarming given her record at Breitbart. Early in her time there, Hahn penned a number of inflammatory ravings against immigrants, sensationalist stories that claim Muslim immigrants were putting “half a million U.S girls at risk of genital mutilation” and that “criminal aliens sexually assault 70,000 American women.”
During the election she aggressively set House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) in her sights. Over a series of articles, Hahn attacked Ryan’s building of what she calls a “border fence” around his home, as well as his decision to send his children to a Catholic school. In one article she even accused him of being a “pro-Islamic” Hillary Clinton supporter, a globalist, and an advocate of open borders.
While the move to the White House has not been officially confirmed, there is growing concern over the ultra-conservative influence that Bannon and Stephen Miller are exerting in the Trump administration. The two are credited with the rhetorical and populist tone of Trump’s inauguration speech.
Update 11:59am CT, Jan. 23: This article has been updated to include examples of Julia Hahn’s past work at Breitbart.
Correction 7:21pm CT, Jan. 23: This article used an incorrect image of a different Julia Hahn as its header. The Daily Dot regrets the error.
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology. He previously covered civil liberties, crime, and politics for Vice.