Harry Reid Erupts Over Steve Bannon Appointment: "White Supremacists Now Represented In The White House"

Following the biggest political news of the day, namely Donald Trump's official announcement that RNC chairman, Reince Priebus, will serve as his chief of staff while Stephen Bannon will serve as chief strategist and senior counselor, the political and pundit response - as manifsted by statements on Twitter - splintered. On one hand, pundits and politicians praised establishment figure Priebus - for obvious reasons as he is seen as a symbolic figure in how Trump approaches the so-called "swamp"; on the other hand political outsider Steve Bannon - the head of Breitbart News and the person directly responsible for getting Trump elected as CEO of his presidential campaign, was furiously criticized.

Fellow Wisconsinites Paul Ryan and Scott Walker praised the choice for chief of staff, while former Ted Cruz staffer Amanda Carpenter said Priebus would "make the trains run" in the White House.

Not everyone was enthused: Louisiana Senate candidate and ex-KKK leader David Duke seemed less enthusiastic about the pick of Priebus, who is aligned with GOP leadership.

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However, the reaction by prominent members of the establishment to Steve Bannon's elevated role was critical and swift, and none was more vocal in their disgust than a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a vocal critic of Trump, who said the hire "signals that White Supremacists will be represented at the highest levels" of the new administration.

Others - such as Intelligence committee ranking Democrat Adam Schiff and many others - joined Reid in accusing Bannon of being "anti-Semitic" and "misogynistic."


Even the anti-defamation leage joined in:

Bannon has been widely criticized by the left for articles Brietbart ran while he was in charge. Democrats worked hard during the campaign to link Trump to the so-called “alt-right” movement, which we assume is a bad thing, and associate him with racist and anti-Semitic groups. 

They highlighted some of Breitbart's controversial headlines, including one about Never Trump Republican and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol: “Republican spoiler, renegade Jew.

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And now, moments ago, the NYT which may or may not be losing subscribers as a result of its coverage of the presidential election, has decided to turn its focus to Bannon's Breitbart website, saying "there is talk of Breitbart bureaus opening in Paris, Berlin and Cairo, spots where the populist right is on the rise. A bigger newsroom is coming in Washington, the better to cover a president-elect whose candidacy it embraced.

Mainstream news outlets are soul-searching in the wake of being shocked by Donald J. Trump’s election last week. But the team at Breitbart News, the right-wing opinion and news website that some critics have denounced as a hate site, is elated — and eager to expand on a victory that it views as a profound validation of its cause.

Stephen K. Bannon, left, and Larry Solov flank a picture of Andrew Breitbart.
Mr. Bannon is to be chief White House strategist and senior counselor

Judging the amount of hatred spewed at Bannon by virtually every member of establishment media and politics, he must have done something right.