Donald Trump’s newly named chief strategist, white supremacist Steve Bannon, thinks that not allowing African Americans to vote wouldn’t be “such a bad thing.”
Julia Jones collaborated with Bannon on a 2004 film about Ronald Reagan titled “In the Face of Evil.” She told the New York Times that while she was working with Bannon, he once said that perhaps it would be a good thing if the U.S. didn’t allow blacks to vote.
As reported by the 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 executive assistant. “He said, ‘She’s different. She’s family.’”
Jones, who said that she considers herself to be very liberal, still doesn’t seem to think Bannon is a raging bigot, even if he does want to turn back the hand of time and keep as many people of color away from the polls as possible. She thinks that he isn’t really a racist piece of shit, he’s just using the racists to advance his career and gain political “power.” Nothing wrong with that, right?
“Steve’s not a racist,” Jones said. And then she added, “he’s using the alt-right — using them for power.”
Prior to joining Trump’s campaign, Bannon was in charge of Breitbart.com, an ultra-conservative website that peddles conspiracy theories and encourages bigotry. Breitbart has been hailed as the beacon of the “alt-right,” the term white supremacists and neo-Nazis now prefer.
Jones also noted that she can clearly see why Bannon is so enamored with Trump. “Trump,” she said, “is Steve’s Reagan.”
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