As Donald Trump continues to assemble an incoming White House administration that includes men who have been repeatedly described as “White nationalists” and “racists,” one of his most disliked appointees is speaking out to say he welcomes the backlash with open arms.
Trump’s selection of Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor has rubbed many people the wrong way for obvious reasons, the most prominent of them being the controversial website’s known affiliation with the openly-racist alt-right movement. Although Bannon denies being a White nationalist, he says he welcomes the ‘dark’ criticism from his many opposers.
“Darkness is good,” Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview. “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they” — I believe by “they” he means liberals and the media, already promoting calls for his ouster — “get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”
Despite Trump’s hiring of several who have a well-documented history of developing, implementing and/or enforcing policies that display a disproportionately negative effect on people of color, Bannon insists that the Trump Administration’s future plans will not aim to increase the racial divide. He even went as far as to claim that if Trump and company follow through with their plan of action, they’ll be able to secure nearly half of the Black vote.
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“The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over,” Bannon continued. “If we deliver, we’ll get 60 percent of the White vote, and 40 percent of the Black and Hispanic vote and we’ll govern for 50 years.”
Forty percent of Black people voting for an administration built by a leader who shows consistent disregard for Black people, women, Muslims, LGBT communities and disabled citizens, huh? Good luck with that, Bannon.