The term #StopBannon has been trending on Tweeter in addition to a familiar litany of stories of about Stephen Bannon’s “endorsement” from the KKK and American Nazi Party. That’s what we in the business call “an epithet,” which is duly defined below. Naturally, he also has been dubbed an “anti-Semite.” Evidence of this claim typically involves Breitbart headlines that have dared to use the J-word and 2007 divorce-court testimony in which his third wife, investment banker Mary Louise Piccard, claimed her husband didn’t want their twin daughters to attend Archer School for Girls because of the number of Jews that attend.
“He said that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiny brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews,” Piccard said.
It was also during his marriage to Piccard that Bannon faced misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, for which he is often now labeled a “wife beater.”
The New York Times: The charges date back two decades to the end of a troubled marriage in Santa Monica, Calif., when Mr. Bannon’s wife, Mary Louise Piccard, claimed that he had attacked her at their home.
He was charged in February 1996 with domestic violence, battery and attempting to dissuade a victim from reporting a crime, but the case was dropped when Ms. Piccard did not show up in court. In court records, Ms. Piccard later claimed that Mr. Bannon instructed her to leave town to avoid testifying.
Mr. Bannon, she said, told her that “if I went to court he and his attorney would make sure that I would be the one who was guilty.”
Mr. Bannon’s lawyer, she said, “threatened me,” telling her that if Mr. Bannon went to jail, she “would have no money and no way to support the children.”
“Misogynist” is another label commonly attached to Bannon, such as in this Guardian article. It seems to be a political argument; in this case, ostracizing men who aren’t fans of feminism or who oppose abortion. The dictionary defines misogyny as “hatred” or “intense dislike of women” in general. Apparently, you can’t dislike any woman or any type of women without earning this absurd shadow-language epithet.
Before we look further at who Bannon is, we should consider his counterpart in the election, John Podesta, a lifelong D.C. operative, lobbyist and true creep. The New Nationalist (TNN) has written about his appalling character [see here]. The mainstream media (MSM) has completely ignored his occultist activities, though it briefly covered his obsession with space aliens earlier this year. Will the MSM ignore his possible ties to a pedophile ring, as recently revealed in his emails published by Wikileaks. The cultural Marxists are no doubt hard at work coming up with an epithet for someone who despises or hates pedos. Indeed, reprobate Salon tested the water last year with an article calling pedophilia an “alternative sexuality.” But I digress. Back to Bannon.
Besides ramrodding the Trump campaign and upset — a feather in anybody’s cap — Bannon has a surprising background and resume. Judging from the MSM, one would think he was merely a publisher of an alt-right news website. That’s not even close to correct. A cursory glance at his Wiki page and it’s easy to understand why Donald Trump chose him to lead his campaign and serve as chief adviser for his administration.
Bannon holds a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving on the destroyer USS Paul F. Foster as a Surface Warfare officer in the Pacific Fleet. He also served as a special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.
After his military service, Bannon worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker in M&A. In 1990, he and several colleagues launched Bannon & Co., a boutique investment bank specializing in media. It negotiated the sale of Castle Rock Entertainment to Ted Turner. As payment, Bannon & Co. accepted a stake in five television shows, including “Seinfeld.” Societe Générale purchased Bannon & Co. in 1998.
Next, Bannon was made acting director of the Earth-science research project Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona. Under his leadership, the project shifted emphasis from researching space exploration and colonization toward pollution and global warming.
In Howard Hughes style, he became an executive producer in Hollywood. He produced Anthony Hopkins’s 1999 film “Titus.” He became a partner with entertainment industry executive Jeff Kwatinetz at The Firm, Inc., a film and television management company. In 2004, he made a documentary about Ronald Reagan titled “In the Face of Evil.” Through the making and screening of this film, he was introduced to publisher Andrew Breitbart.
Bannon is also executive chairman and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute, where he helped orchestrate the publication of book Clinton Cash. In 2015, he was ranked No. 19 on Mediaite’s list of the “25 Most Influential in Political News Media 2015.”
Today, he is the executive chairman of hyper-conservative Breitbart News. His political views have been described as nationalist and, because he’s white, the epithet “white nationalist” naturally follows. Breitbart rejects liberalism, which is propagandized by predominantly Jewish-run MSM, but it (and he) doesn’t reject Jews. In fact, Breitbart penned an article on this topic Monday titled “Stephen K. Bannon: Friend of the Jewish People, Defender of Israel.”
The Times of Israel today gave a succinct roundup of the Jews’ view of Bannon, from the ADL to the ZOA:
The Anti-Defamation League: “It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’ — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists — is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house,’” CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.
American Jewish Committee: “Of utmost concern is ensuring that policies proposed and put into place make good on President-elect Trump’s Election Night promise, for the benefit of all citizens of our too-divided country, and address the central concerns of the American people and our allies around the world,” AJC assistant executive director for policy Jason Isaacson emailed to reporters. “Presidents get to choose their teams and we do not expect to comment on the appointment of every key advisor.”
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer: “If allies or aides to the president say anything that demeans a group of Americans, we won’t hesitate for a moment to demand that our new president condemn those comments. And already we have reason to,” he told Democracy Alliance, a progressive group. “Steve Bannon’s appointment to a senior White House post signals that many of his dangerous and bigoted ideas will have a seat at the table in the White House. We will be watching. And everyone here will be ready to actively stand up for one another if ever one group is attacked.”
National Council of Jewish Women: “NCJW is utterly appalled by President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Stephen Bannon as chief strategist in his administration,” CEO Nancy Kaufman said. “Bannon has made his white-supremacist, racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim views widely known. Upon joining the Trump campaign, Bannon roused a large portion of Trump’s base with a hateful mix of conspiracy theories, bigotry, misogyny, racism, and homophobia. If President-elect Trump truly wants to bring together his supporters with the majority of the country that voted against him — by a margin that is nearing two million people, Bannon and his ilk must be barred from his administration.”
Central Conference of American Rabbis: “If he is to serve our country, we expect Mr. Bannon to denounce the anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim rhetoric, racism, sexism, and denial of LGBT rights that we continue to face as a nation, just as we expect the same from President-elect Trump,” said CCAR CEO Steve Fox in a statement.
J Street: “J Street has grave concerns about and condemns President-elect Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon to serve as chief strategist and senior counselor in the White House,” the liberal group said. “Bannon’s views and statements are not a normal part of American political discourse and they cannot be treated as such. Nor can this appointment be treated as normal, acceptable politics … We call on President-elect Trump to rescind this appointment immediately, and for all responsible leaders of the Republican Party to insist that he do so.”
‘We cannot allow Donald Trump’s alliance with the alt-right to be normalized’
National Jewish Democratic Council: “As CEO of Breitbart News, Bannon gave voice to white supremacists and the alt-right. His racism and anti-Semitism have no place in the White House, and he must step down,” the group put out in a statement. “We cannot allow Donald Trump’s alliance with the alt-right to be normalized … Our community must not adjust our standards in the face of the unprecedented nature of a Trump administration.”
Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition: “I have never met or spoken to Steve Bannon and at the Republican Jewish Coalition we look forward to speaking with him soon, getting to know him, and hearing his answers to some of the questions that have arisen,” he told Politico.
Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot and RJC board member: “I have known Steve Bannon for many years. I have been shocked and saddened to see the recent personal attacks on Steve,” he said in a statement. “Nothing could be further from the truth. The person that is being demonized in the media is not the person I know. These attacks on Steve are nothing more than an attempt to undermine the incoming Trump administration. I have known Steve to be a passionate Zionist and supporter of Israel who felt so strongly about this that he opened a Breitbart office in Israel to ensure that the true pro-Israel story would get out. What is being done to Steve Bannon is a shonda.”
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism: “Both in his roles as editor of the Breitbart website and as a strategist in the Trump campaign, Mr. Bannon was responsible for the advancement of ideologies antithetical to our nation, including anti-Semitism, misogyny, racism and Islamophobia,”Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner said in a statement. “There should be no place for such views in the White House. President-elect Trump has said he wants to be president for all the people. We urge him in this spirit to assemble a leadership team that reflects that aspiration.”