Stephen Bannon

Journalist and politician

Affiliations

Breitbart: Founding Member and Former Executive Chairman from March 2012 until 2018

Trump Administration: Former Chief Strategist to the President

Victory Film Group (Bannon’s film company that has financed movies about The Tea Party and Sarah Palin): Founder, Producer, Director, and Screenwriter

Sources of Funding:

The Mercer Family: Rebekah and Robert Mercer were the main financiers of Breitbart News and contributed heavily to Breitbart-endorsed candidates like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

bio

Stephen Bannon’s political career started in earnest with the Tea Party movement, when he produced pro-Tea Party films and helped head Breitbart News, a right-wing publication. After Andrew Breitbart’s death, Bannon took over the company and, in 2016, made Breitbart the most notable pro-Trump news outlet. Late in Trump’s campaign, Bannon, along with Kellyanne Conway, took over Trump’s campaign from Paul Manafort.

After Trump won the election, Bannon was appointed Chief Strategist and was seated at the helm of the Trump administration — until his precipitous downfallwhere he was instrumental in the implementation of the Muslim Ban. The appointment of Bannon as chief White House strategist for Trump was condemned by civil rights groups, Democrats and some Republicans, because of Mr. Bannon’s record as chairman of Breitbart News, the hard-right news and opinion site.

islamophobia

In an interview with Mother Jones, Bannon acknowledged that white nationalists and anti-Semites are drawn to the so-called “alt-right” movement.

“Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are attracted to some of the philosophies of the alt-right? Maybe,’ he said. ‘Are there some people that are anti-Semitic that are attracted? Maybe. Right? Maybe some people are attracted to the alt-right that are homophobes, right? But that’s just like, there are certain elements of the progressive left and the hard left that attract certain elements.”

SOURCE: Sarah Posner (Mother Jones) (August 2016)

Bannon believes the right should use hate and violence in their war against the “global jihad” (which, based on Bannon’s past statements, tacitly includes the Islamic community at large).

“By the way, I think anger is a good thing. If you're fighting -- this country is in a crisis. If you're fighting to save this country, if you're fighting to take this country back, it's not going to be sunshine patriots, it's going to be people who want to fight.”

SOURCE: Stephen Bannon (From All In with Chris Hayes) (August 2016)

“Let the grassroots turn on the hate because that’s the ONLY thing that will make them do their duty,” he wrote about Republican leaders in a 2014 email exchange with a Breitbart News editor.”

SOURCE: From emails obtained by The Daily Beast

“We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, and people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs against but to fight for our beliefs this this new barbarity that’s starting, uh that we will literally eradicate everything we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000 and 2,500 years.”

SOURCE: Stephen Bannon speaking to Dignitatis Humanae Institute (via Youtube) (2014)

“It’s a very unpleasant topic. But we are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism. And this war is, is, I think metastasizing, almost far quicker than governments can handle it … We have Boko Haram and other groups that will eventually partner with ISIS in this global war. And it is unfortunately something that we’re going to have to face, and we’re going to have to face very quickly.”

SOURCE: Stephen Bannon speaking to Dignitatis Humanae Institute (via Youtube) (2014) (7:35)

“They have a Twitter account today, ISIS does, about turning the United States into a river of blood if it comes in and tries to defend the city of Baghdad. And trust me, that is going to come to Europe. That is going to come to central Europe, it is going to come to western Europe, and it’s going to come to the United Kingdom. And so, I think that we are in a crisis, like I said a crisis of capitalism, really the underpinnings of capitalism. And on top of that we’re now, I believe, at the beginning stages of a global war against Islamic fascism.”

SOURCE: Stephen Bannon speaking to Dignitatis Humanae Institute (via Youtube) (2014): (9:00)

“I believe the world, and particularly the Judeo-Christian west, is in a crisis, and it’s really the organizing principle of how we built Breitbart News to really be a platform to bring news and information to people throughout the world, principally in the west but we’re expanding internationally, to let people understand the depths of this crisis. And it is a crisis both of capitalism but really of the underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian west and our beliefs.”

SOURCE: Stephen Bannon speaking to Dignitatis Humanae Institute (via Youtube) (2014): (0:45)

“You believe that not only we’re at war, but we have to prosecute this as a war, and we have to take care of this fifth column – there’s clearly a fifth column here in the United States – that needs to be dealt with immediately?”

SOURCE: Stephen Bannon (Breitbart News Daily) (via Soundcloud) (July 2016) (0:15)

“I think the discussion of, you know, can we put a cap on wealth creation and distribution – it’s something that should be at the heart of every Christian that is a capitalist. Is, what is the purpose I’m doing with this wealth. What is the purpose I’m doing with the ability that god has given us and that divine providence has given us to actually be a creator of jobs and a creator of wealth. I think it behooves all us to really take a hard look and make sure that we are reinvesting that back into positive things, but also to make sure that we understand that we’re at the very beginning stages of a global conflict, and that if we do not bind together with other countries that this conflict is only going to metastasize.”

SOURCE: Stephen Bannon speaking to Dignitatis Humanae Institute (via Youtube) (2014): (9:00)

To Bannon, Islam is not a religion of peace, but of submission.

“Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of submission. Islam means submit. I mean, the whole thing, it’s just categorically, he’s – Avi, he is the epitome, he’s the Republican version – not a conservative – he’s a Republican establishment, country club version of the Clintons. That’s all they are. It’s a it’s it’s a it’s a – it’s the baby boomer, narcissistic, he wants to feel loved.”

SOURCE: Stephen Bannon (K-File Podcast) (December 2010) (via Soundcloud) (0:30)