Trump Appoints Anti-Semitic Stephen Bannon To Senior Position Despite Ivanka's Jewish Family

Stephen Bannon, the CEO of Donald Trump's campaign who is alleged to be a notorious anti-Semite, will now be appointed to a senior position in Trump's cabinet, despite the fact that Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are both Jews. In the past, Bannon is said to have claimed literally that he did not like Jews. With Ivanka Trump and Kushner having such a big role in the campaign, this seems like an odd choice.

And Bannon is not the only unpopular choice that Donald Trump is proposing for his cabinet, says the Inquisitr.Sarah Palin is also said to be the person Trump is choosing for the Secretary of the Interior position. This selection is controversial because Palin, the former governor of Alaska, was very gung ho to drill, and take advantage of U.S. natural resources, despite the risk of harm to the environment. Palin chanted "drill, baby, drill" during her run with John McCain for the presidency in 2008.

When Stephen Bannon ruled the roost at Breitbart, even Jews of the far right like Bill Kristol were fair game for Bannon's antisemitism, as Bannon called him a "renegade Jew" in print, says Salon. Bannon called Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum "a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned," and even his own former employee Ben Shapiro, a one-time Breitbart editor, accused Breitbart under Bannon as "a movement shot through with racism and anti-Semitism."


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In their divorce, Bannon's former wife is testified in court under oath that Bannon "said he doesn't like Jews" and didn't want his children to go to school with Jews. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's spokesman Adam Jentleson said they are disgusted at the thought of this appointment, as Bannon also has a track record of being staunchly pro-white.

"It's easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion when Trump appoints one of the foremost peddlers of White Supremacist themes and rhetoric as his top aide. Bannon was 'the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill,' according to the Southern Poverty Law Center."

Donald Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner, and both are part of Trump's transition team, says the New York Times. Whether or not Kushner is officially appointed to a position within the Trump White House, it is believed that he will wield influence over Trump's decision-making. For this reason, it seems even more peculiar that Bannon would be tapped.

But of all the identified power players in the Trump inner circle, Bannon is the one who allegedly is allowed to speak to Trump forcefully. But it is not just Jews and people of color who are said to be concerned by Bannon's hateful track record, it is women too. Bannon was arrested and charged with domestic violence after he attacked his then-wife in her home.

Bannon is also the defender and the man who hired Milo Yiannopoulos, a proud misogynistic journalist for Breitbart. When female readers of Breitbart complained about misogyny and hate speech, Bannon told them to "just log off" and stop "screwing up the internet for men." This was punctuated with a "cry-baby" photo.

Bannon calls the Civil War "the war of Southern Independence," and that conservative women are better than progressive women because they're not "bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England."

Bannon is also said to heartily support the far right group, Alternative for Germany and the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands.

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