Steve Bannon

Former White House Chief Strategist

Former White House Chief Strategist


Launched a secret plan devised by Chris Gacek, a former congressional staffer and an official at the virulently anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council, to infiltrate Facebook and place a mole in the company. “Flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will report back to you / Milo with INTEL about the job application process over at FB," Gacek emailed to Bannon about job openings at Facebook. Bannon assigned then-Breitbart news tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos to the task of sending, emailing “Can u get on this.”

—While at Breitbart, devised the term “Big Gay Hate Machine” to attack LGBTQ activists and orgs as a way of attacking the political left. His first foray into this was an article by Austin Ruse attacking the legacy of Matthew Shepard, the 19-year-old gay man who was murdered in 1998 and became the namesake of anti-discrimination legislation and a national symbol. “Almost everything you think you know about the Matthew Shepard narrative is false,” that his story was “hagiography” and a lie, and proof that “the agenda of the sexual left lives on lies.”

Bragged that under his chairmanship, Breitbart became "the platform for the alt-right." Former Breitbart writer Ben Shapiro, a far right conservative himself, says Bannon "allowed the site to be taken over and used by a bunch of alt-right people who are not fond of Jews, are not fond of minorities."

—Under his chairmanship, Breitbart became known for headlines such as "Trannies 49Xs Higher HIV Rate," "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy," "Hoist it high and proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage" and "Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew." The site also purposely misgenders prominent transgender activists.

Boasted of Breitbart's socially conservative influence: "On the social conservative side, we're the voice of the anti-abortion movement, the voice of the traditional marriage movement, and I can tell you we're winning victory after victory after victory."

Claimed Target's inclusivity of transgender individuals is "trying to exclude people who are decent, hard-working people who don't want their four-year-old daughter to have to go into a bathroom with a guy with a beard in a dress."

Decried progressive women as "a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England."

—After Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson made a spate of anti-gay comments, Bannon gave him an award: "Phil and his family have been that breath of fresh air Hollywood desperately needed. They are taking their faith and conservative politics mainstream. Phil has the guts to do and say what most politicians in Washington won't: You must adhere to your conservative beliefs, all of them, and never surrender or compromise them for anyone. We are proud supporters of the Robertsons."

Invited author Robert Reilly onto his Breitbart radio show in order to promote his aggressively anti-LGBTQ propaganda book, Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything.

In a sworn statement, his ex-wife accused him of not liking Jews: "...the biggest problem he had with Archer [School for Girls] is the number of Jews that attend. He said that he doesn't like Jews and that he doesn't like the way they raise their kids to be 'whiney brats' and that he didn't want the girls going to school with Jews."

A former colleague tells The New York Times: "Ms. Jones, the film colleague, said that in their years working together, Mr. Bannon occasionally talked about the genetic superiority of some people and once mused about the desirability of limiting the vote to property owners. "I said, 'That would exclude a lot of African-Americans,'" Ms. Jones recalled. "He said, 'Maybe that's not such a bad thing.' I said, 'But what about Wendy?'" referring to Mr. Bannon's [African-American] executive assistant. "He said, 'She's different. She's family.'"

Aggressively promoted a book calling for civil and criminal prosecutions of President Obama, calling it "a stunning indictment of a presidency out of control, and a roadmap for citizens and legislators.

Helped promote the view that Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who is of Pakistani and Indian descent, is connected to terrorism.

Encouraged grassroots activists to "turn on the hate" against Republican leaders.

Neo-Nazi publication The Daily Stormer sums up Bannon's beliefs: "If politics is about friend vs. enemy, then we definitely count Steve Bannon as a friend. He is on the side of the national populist revolution. His enemies are our enemies."

Bemoaned the (factually wrong) idea that "two-thirds or three-quarters of the C.E.O.s in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia."

Insisted Catholics support Hispanic immigration because they want to boost church attendance.