Let’s be clear about something. “Alt-right”? That’s just a sanitized word for racism, bigotry, anti-Semitism and white supremacy. Breitbart News is that rock you overturn in your yard. What’s underneath it is usually appalling. That a man who gave a home to overt hatred was steps away from the Oval Office was especially galling and unacceptable.
Remember what Barack Obama had to do when he ran for president in 2008?
Rev. Jeremiah Wright was Obama’s pastor. He was the one who married the future president to his wife Michelle. But Wright was kicked to the curb because he delivered caustic sermons that proved politically problematic for a parishioner on his way to the presidency. Throughout Obama’s two terms, Wright’s words were used to question Obama’s loyalty to the United States and delegitimize his presidency. Meanwhile, Bannon openly trafficked in racism, xenophobia and misogyny to help elect Trump and those same Republicans said nary a peep.
And now, here we are. A pernicious presence in the White House and American politics has been ejected. But Bannon acolytes Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka are still there. And in the end, though, those men are only part of the problem.
Trump is the man who gave a full-throated defense of Nazis, fascists, apologists for the Confederacy and other bigots rallying under the banner of white supremacy. Trump’s white nationalist tirade came from fertile ground expertly tilled by Bannon.
So, while it’s great Bannon is gone, he’ll never be forgotten.
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