Let’s catalog a few anti-Steve Bannon opinion piece from the last 24 hours:
- The Nation: Tell Congress: Fight the Appointment of Stephen Bannon
- Washington Post: Trump’s Embrace of Bannon Sparks Divisions, Angst Among Jewish Groups
- Slate: Is Donald Trump Steve Bannon’s Puppet?
- Chicago Tribune: Steve Bannon: The Next President’s Whisper
All reliably leftward-leaning to be sure. But Google, which has taken lots of hits for its own bias against all things Trump lets through the positive in its search engine. I found a piece this morning in The Denver Post which was penned by Republican consultant Daniel Cole in which he cited a talk he participated it during 2014:
The transcript of a 2014 talk delivered to the Human Dignity Institute reveals a flesh-and-blood man wholly unlike the stage villain. In the space of 5,600 words, Bannon uses “Judeo-Christian,” which is not a popular expression among anti-Semites, 12 times. He refers with ease to the “Holy Father,” which is not how anti-Catholics normally invoke the pope. Most importantly, he imagines, with evident satisfaction, the future disintegration of the bigoted fringe.
Cole also effectively pointed to Democrats hypocrisy on the issue.
The thrust is thus: Bannon called his website, Breitbart, the platform for the alt-right. The alt-right, in turn, comprises some dubious characters, including out-and-out racists whose fashion sense is fascist chic. Bannon, therefore, represents the “racist, fascist extreme right,” in the words of Gov. John Kasich’s former adviser John Weaver.
It’s easy to parody this illogic. Sen. Bernie Sanders called his campaign the voice of the left. The left, in turn, comprises some dubious characters, including Josef Stalin, who murdered millions, and Anthony Weiner. The Sanders campaign, therefore, was the voice of homicidal perverts.
“But,” Bannon’s critics butt in, “Nazis, like the national director of the Aryan Renaissance Society, support Bannon!”
True. It’s also true that Communists, such as Communist Party USA chairman John Bachtell, supported Hillary Clinton. Their applause didn’t make her one of them.
These easily articulated missives indicate that the storm of irrational accusations and caricatures may soon blow themselves out. But as the opposition headlines convey, Bannon serves President-elect Trump as a lead strategist. Democrats fear Republicans who generate ideas – especially ones who might well have played the biggest role in defeating Hillary Clinton.