[CONTENT NOTE: racism, white supremacy, domestic violence.]
Via The Washington Post:
Reince Priebus will be chief of staff, but Stephen Bannon may be the one calling the shots in Donald Trump’s White House.
The pugilistic and polarizing former head of Breitbart News will be chief strategist and senior counselor for President Donald Trump, a role held in previous administrations by the likes of David Axelrod, Karl Rove, John Podesta and Ed Meese.
Trump is said to have preferred Bannon for the chief job. But he was reportedlypersuaded in recent days to go a more conventional route by everyone from the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
The 275-word press release announcing the hires said Bannon and Priebus will be “equal partners,” but Bannon got top billing. “I want to thank President-elect Trump for the opportunity to work with Reince in driving the agenda of the Trump Administration,” Bannon said in the statement. “We had a very successful partnership on the campaign, one that led to victory. We will have that same partnership in working to help President-elect Trump achieve his agenda.”
— If the campaign is indeed the model for their White House partnership, Bannon will hold more sway over Trump than Priebus. The chairman brought in money and ran interference, helping to keep wobbly GOP politicians in line. But he certainly did not set the candidate’s direction and was more often than not troubled by it.
For example, Bannon, 62, a former naval officer and investment banker, was the brains behind inviting the women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct to be Trump’s guests at the second debate. He was seen smiling broadly when the GOP nominee held a surprise press conference with them. Priebus never in a million years would have come up with this – or signed off on it, had it been up to him.
After the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape emerged, Priebus quickly distanced himself. “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever,” he said. Bannon’s Breitbart, meanwhile, is reportedly in talks to hire Billy Bush, who got fired from the “Today” show for his part in the repugnant conversation.
At this link is the police report (pdf) of a domestic violence incident by Steve Bannon against his wife.
Steve Bannon seems super nice. It’s just great that he will be the top advisor to our new president, who has just announced his plan to immediately deport 2-3 million immigrants. Bannon will be a great help to him in this endeavor and others, I am sure.