In his interview with 60 Minutes, former White House Chief Strategist and former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon denied he was a racist, claiming that was impossible because of his background.
“I went to an integrated school,” Bannon told interviewer Charlie Rose, “a Catholic school.”
Bannon acted disgusted that he would be called a racist despite his record at Breitbart News and in the White House as a proponent of some forms of white supremacy.
“I don’t need to be lectured by a bunch of…limosine liberals…from the Upper East side of New York and from the Hamptons, OK.”
The high school in Virginia that Bannon attended is the Benedictine School, a military academy for boys,” which means it was already segregated by having no female students.
Over the years Bannon has repeatedly cited his education at an “integrated” school in an “integrated” neighborhood as proof he cannot be a racist.
However, a look at the Benedictine yearbook for 1972, the year Bannon graduated shows an almost all white student body. CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski took the trouble to count how many people of color were actually in Bannon’s graduating class.
Weird line. Bannon's senior year, per his yearbook, his class had one black person.https://t.co/mH2xdOGwlU
— andrew kaczynski
One black person in a Catholic school filled with boys does not make for diversity.
“It’s like all the colors of a white rainbow,” writes the Daily Kos. “This integrated Catholic school narrative has been pushed for a long time with Bannon.”
His loud claims that he can’t be a racist of course also fade when his track record is examined.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups,” reported WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia earlier this year, ” said that Bannon ‘was the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill.”
Bannon, who has a forceful style, has created his own myth around his upbringing and uses it to excuse his frequent attacks and clear racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions as editor of Breitbart.
That may work as long as he remained an unpleasant annoyance at a small web site, and it may have helped him as he kept away from the media while in the White House, but it has come home in his first TV interview, and the facts don’t match his claims.
As Bannon works to elect more candidates that meet the approval of his fellow racists and anti-Semites, it is important that all the voters understand who he is and where he is coming from as he claims to be supporting Tramp’s populist and nationalist agenda.
Like Trump, Bannon is a liar who uses every trick int he book to hide his unamerican views from the American people.
He has fooled a lot of people for a long time but to quote President Abraham Lincoln: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
We hope Bannon’s time to fool people is up.
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