The New York Times editorial board fears the impact former Breitbart chairman Stephen Bannon could have in a Trump White House, the board revealed in a column published Tuesday.
“‘Turn On the Hate’: Steve Bannon at the White House,” the headline blared. “Anyone holding out hope that Donald Trump would govern as a uniter — that the racism, sexism, anti-semitism and nativism of his campaign were just poses to pick up votes — should think again,” the editorial board wrote.
Bannon headed up right-wing news outlet Breitbart before joining the Trump campaign in August. He was considered a frontrunner to be Trump’s chief of staff in the White House, a slot eventually given to former Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus.
Instead, Bannon will serve as Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor — “an enormously influential post,” as the Times puts it.
“To scroll through Breitbart headlines is to come upon a parallel universe where black people do nothing but commit crimes, immigrants rape native-born daughters, and feminists want to castrate all men,” the editorial board charged.
One “sample” of this parallel universe cited by the Times was an article written by gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos, titled “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive And Crazy.”
Yiannopoulos considers himself a provocateur and thrives off attention like that which the Times just awarded him.
It’s not just the editorial board, either — the Times news section reacted to Bannon’s hiring with similar horror.
Three Times reporters — including Maggie Haberman, whom anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks revealed as one of the Clinton campaign’s favorite media members — collaborated on an article Monday titled, “Critics See Stephen Bannon, Trump’s Pick for Strategist, as Voice of Racism.”