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Leading racists praise Trump for picking Steve Bannon as chief strategist
President-elect Donald Trump has faced a stiff backlash for appointing Steve Bannon, former executive director of Breitbart News, his chief strategist. But one group sees Bannon’s hire as change they can believe in: white nationalists.
David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, told CNN on Monday that Trump’s elevation of Bannon to a key White House position is a sign that the real estate mogul plans to enact the nationalistic policies that became centerpieces of his presidential campaign.
“I think that’s excellent,” Duke said of Bannon’s new job. “I think that anyone that helps complete the program and the policies that President-elect Trump has developed during the campaign is a very good thing, obviously. So it’s good to see that he’s sticking to the issues and the ideas that he proposed as a candidate. Now he’s president-elect and he’s sticking to it and he’s reaffirming those issues.”
Rocky J. Suhayda, American Nazi Party, and Richard B. Spencer, head of the white nationalist National Policy Institute, similarly praised Bannon’s position of power in the Trump administration.
Bannon, who served as chairman of the Trump campaign, has built Breitbart News into what many in the mainstream media see as the central mouthpiece of the so-called alt-right—a right-wing movement defined by its anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic stances—and a safe space for white nationalists and others who oppose “political correctness.”
The Souther Poverty Law Center has come out hard against Bannon’s appointment, devoting its Twitter account to what it sees as hate speech by Breitbart, which it said has become a “white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill” under Bannon’s reign.
The Anti-Defamation League called Bannon’s appointment a “sad day” for America.
Proudly racist organizations supported Trump throughout much of his presidential campaign thanks to his promises to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and push for more nationalistic policies.
In an interview with 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday, Trump called on supporters who are targeting minorities and women to “stop it.”
Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.