Steve Bannon may go from running Breitbart to running the White House. President-elect Donald Trump is possibly considering him as his Chief of Staff. Learn all about the head of one of the Alt-Right’s favorite news sources, a man who also helped Trump win the election.
1. He’s already worked close with Trump.
Steve, 62, is one of the frontrunners to become Donald Trump’s, 70, White House chief of staff, according to CNN. This is not a big surprise, as Steve was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Trump Campaign in Aug. 2016. The Chief of Staff’s role varies from president to president, but it’s generally accepted that the position selects White House staff members, manages the flow of information, and advises the president on various issues. Sounds like it would be a lateral move for Steve.
2. Steve’s been credited for one of Donald’s most controversial campaign stunts.
After numerous women came forth to accuse Donald of sexual assault and misconduct, the GOP candidate decided to turn the tables. Prior to the second debate with Hillary Clinton, 69, on Oct. 9, Donald held a press conference with the women who’ve accused President Bill Clinton, 70, of similar sexual assaults. Steve was spotted in the background of the event, smiling at his alleged work.
3. His background includes the Military, Wall Street and Hollywood.
Steve is a former U.S. Navy officer, having served on the USS Paul F. Foster. After his service, he joined Goldman Sachs as an investment banker. After the sale of his boutique investment bank, Bannon & Co., Steve became an executive producer in Hollywood. Though his documentary about Ronald Reagan, he would find the connections that would lead to his political career.
4. Steve’s work is beloved by the Alt Right.
Breitbart News, a website founded by the dead conservative active Andrew Breitbart, first grew in popularity among Tea Party Republicans, according to CBS News. After Andrew’s death, Steve was named executive chairman and under his watch, he tailored the site to appeal less to mainstream conservatives and more to radical right-wing voters who flocked to Trump’s campaign. Thus, the site has become a favorite of the “alt-right,” a blanket term for a wide range of people that include everything from anti-feminists to white nationalists.
5. He was once accused of domestic violence and anti-Semitism.
In 1996, Steve was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, batter and dissuading a witness following an incident where he allegedly attacked his second wife by grabbing her neck and wrist, according to NBC News. The charges were dropped when she failed to show up in court. Court documents include a declaration by the ex-wife that claims Steve allegedly made three anti-Semitic remarks when she and him looked at schools for their twin girls.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should Donald name Steve to be his Chief of Staff?