Brace yourself for Trump’s Alt-right cabinet

Gaby Cedeno
OPINIONS EDITOR

Have you taken the time to read up on who Trump is assigning to his cabinet? If not, you really should. Instead of scrolling past the headlines that refer to some of these people as “alt-right leaders” and “white supremacists,” take the time to click on the article and inform yourself on who Donald Trump is picking for his cabinet because soon, these people will have the power to make decisions that can drastically change the United States. Trump’s team is shaping up to be what New York Magazine refers to as “a team of racists,” and it is something that we need to address. 

One of the most controversial people Trump has nominated thus far is Steve Bannon. Bannon is an American businessman, campaign manager, media executive, and soon-to-be chief strategist and Senior counselor for the Presidency of Donald Trump. 

In 2012, Bannon became the executive chairman of Breitbart News, which he has described as “the platform for the alt-right.” CNN reporter Tom Kludt says, “The site has a history of publishing incendiary and divisive stories, many of which are outright anti-Semitic, misogynistic, and racist.” 

You can see the prejudice and discrimination just by reading the headlines of Breitbart News stories. Here are just a few to give you an idea of what type of man Bannon is: “Birth Control Makes Women Crazy and Unattractive,”  “Lesbian Bridezillas Bully Bridal Shop Owner Over Religious Beliefs,” and “The Solution to Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off.” Note that the one about “Lesbian Bridezillas” was about a lesbian couple complaining on Facebook that a bridal shop refused to sell them dresses. However, there is no solid evidence that they actually harassed the woman who owned the shop. Now, even though Bannon didn’t write these stories himself, he is the Chief Executive of the website, so he’s obviously okay with it. Breitbart News is filled with stories like these.  

Something else you should probably know about Bannon is that in 1996, he faced Domestic Violence Charges filed by his ex-wife, Mary Louise Piccard. The charges were dropped when she did not show up to court. According to the court records, Piccard later said that the reason she didn’t show up to court that day is because Bannon’s lawyer threatened her and said that if he went to jail she would have no one to help her support their daughters.

 New York Times reporters Megan Twohey, Steve Eder, and Noah Smith wrote about the case back in August to warn the public about Trump’s Campaign Chief. Apparently, the public wasn’t phased by this. It’s amazing how a headline that reads, “Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief, Stephen Bannon, Faced domestic violence charges in 1996,” doesn’t raise eyebrows until the man is nominated to be Chief Strategist. 

What is also unnerving about Bannon are what his documentaries tell us about how he sees the world. Politico reporter Adam Wren describes how he felt about Bannon after sitting through 13 hours’ worth of his documentaries.

“Since Trump named Bannon his ‘chief strategist,’ a job that gives him the president’s ear in what’s likely to be a smash mouth, mercurial White House, reporters have been rifling through his past to pin down his politics,” Wren wrote. “Sure, in interviews, he’s laid out a world view that touches on everything from ‘enlightened capitalism’ to the decline of Christianity. And his welcoming of the white-nationalist ‘alt-right’ on Breitbart has made him the target of protests ... The documentaries offer a different and rarely opened the window into how he sees the struggle America is facing.”

Wren explains that the central focus of these documentaries is the inevitable collapse of Western civilization. He says that the world as we know it “is under attack by forces that are demonic or foreign — the difference between those is blurry — and people in far-distant power centers are looking to screw you. What’s worse, Christianity and freedom are on the wane.” 

This description of Bannon’s film suggests that they are sending the message that freedom and Christianity are at stake, which feeds into ideas of anti-semitism and xenophobia. Basically anyone who is not a Christian is inferior, evil, or a terrorist. It implies that all foreigners are ill-intentioned, which can be seen specifically in Bannon’s film Border War, which makes illegal immigration out to be a horrific tragedy. 

The heros of these films are people like former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty, and former member of the House of Representatives Michele Bachmann. If none of these names concern you, let me tell you why they should. 

Sarah Palin just doesn’t make any sense. If you ever watch any of her speeches and really listen to the words that come out of her mouth, it’s all nonsense. When she gave a speech on behalf of Donald Trump back in April, Palin spoke about immigration, saying, “Illegal immigrants, we’re welcoming them in, even inducing and, seducing them with gift baskets. Come on over the border, here’s teddy bears and soccer balls.” Really, Palin? I don’t think immigrants get a greeting basket when they cross the border. 

Then, you have Robertson, a gun-totin’ patriarch who thinks homosexuality is sinful. And finally, Michele Bachmann, who has said so many crazy things that Think Progressive published an article titled, “10 of the Craziest Things Michele Bachmann has ever said.” Here are some of items on that list: “Bachmann warned the Lion King was gay propaganda,” “Bachmann claimed that abolishing the minimum wage would create jobs,” and “Bachmann claimed that carbon dioxide is ‘harmless.’” Surprisingly, the time when she accused Huma Abedin, aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, of having ties with the Muslim Brotherhood did not make the list. 

If these are people who Bannon depicts as heros, isn’t that cause for concern? Bannon is going to be the man who Trump is going to look to for advice. If this is the way he sees the world, well then, I think we are in big trouble. You see, Bannon is more of a threat than I think people realize. Anyone who is paying close attention to politics right now knows how much power he’ll have the second he steps foot in the White House.

Trump is a man who can easily be swayed. Ever since he’s been elected, Trump has been flip-flopping on campaign promises he’s made. Bannon is a smart man. He knew that Trump was going to win the Election, and he worked behind the scenes to make sure of it. 

In an interview with Hollywood Reporter Bannon said, “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when [liberals and the media] get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.” 

Not only is it terrifying that Satan is one of Bannon’s role models, but the underlying message of this statement is unnerving. He is basically saying that now is the time that he is going to show his true power. What is he going to do? We don’t know, because we are too blinded by false news stories and left wing agendas, when we should be paying attention to what the alt-right has in store.   

The Young Turks had a panel discussion on their show to discuss the dangers of Steve Bannon, which the show’s host, Cenk Uygur, took a moment to warn his viewers to be wary of the future. “Don’t underestimate [Bannon],” he said,  looking seriously into the camera. “Don’t take him lightly. And don’t take policies lightly. And don’t take his politics lightly, because he was right about the election.” 

Host of Epic Politics Man Michael Shure was also on the panel and shared Uygur’s concern that people are not aware of how scary having Bannon as Chief Strategist is. “All these other people are appointments, but this is the brains of what is going to be going on in the Trump White House,” said Shure. 

If none of the above concerns you, then how about the Neo-Nazis who are amping up to take over America and make it white again? On Saturday, Nov. 19, loyalists of the alt-right movement gathered in Washington D.C. There, head of the white nationalist think tank National Policy Institute Richard Spencer spoke to a crowd of followers about the bright future ahead of them. 

According to NPR, Spencer doesn’t consider Trump alt-right. Spencer defines those who are alt-right as people who “embody white supremacist, anti-Semitic, and sexist ideas.” However, Trump is easily persuaded, and that is why Spencer believes more alt-right members jumped on the band wagon when Bannon was nominated Chief Strategist. Even though Spencer notes that Bannon isn’t fully representative of the alt-right he said, “[The future is] very hopeful for me that Bannon is at least open to these things.”

This is just one of the people Trump has assigned to the team. Trust me; the rest are just as bad. If you are still not worried about the future of America, I don’t know what to tell you. My advice is to pay close attention to what decisions are going to be made in the White Housebecause if we let our guard down, that’s when things will start to go downhill.