Resist.

The appointment of Breitbart’s Steve Bannon, the Farrakkan of the far right, in a role once held by Karl Rove has landed with as much approval as wearing a Klan hat would at Confederate flag rally. People who were pissed off are bound to be more pissed off. Others who wanted distance from unquestionably racist symbolism are left sputtering.

Locally, calls to the offices of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue objecting to a man the Washington Post is openly comparing to Joseph Goebbels has been overwhelming, staffers handling the phone load say.

And, reflecting the tone of things to come from the left, Congressman Hank Johnson released a strongly-worded statement in opposition.

“After running a vicious, racist and xenophobic campaign, President-elect Donald Trump is now putting a white nationalist anti-Semite as his chief strategist in the White House. It’s a troubling sign that the 45th president intends to further sow the seeds of hatred and bigotry than bring the American people together. There can be no accommodation, no collaboration – only resistance. I’m calling on all my fellow Georgia congressional colleagues to stand with me in condemning this appointment and demand that it be withdrawn.”

Personally, I think this makes up for Johnson’s “termites” comment from earlier this year, which was interpreted to be anti-Semitic. It’s hard to put up a stronger rhetorical marker than to frame cooperation with the Bannon appointment as an act of “collaboration.”

Writers are likening Bannon’s appointment to a political Milgram test of sorts. Bannon’s appointment is one more act in a series of escalating acts of horror. Our ability to recognize and react strongly against it diminishes with each successive act. The prior horrors become more acceptable as newer ones emerge. Eventually, we’ll push the button that shocks people to death, because we’ve been progressively inured against defiance.

Resist. Now. While there’s time.

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Mike Hassinger
Mike Hassinger

OTOH, you could hold your water, and try not to look like you’re scoring cheap partisan points with assumptions.
http://www.mediaite.com/online/alan-dershowitz-defends-bannon-no-evidence-to-support-that-hes-an-anti-semite/

I reserve judgement until I see Bannon’s birth certificate.

DAinGA
DAinGA

Alan Dershowitz is best buddies with Giuliani. He ain’t gonna against his bestie, who is towing the Trump line so he can get the Sec of State job.

bethebalance
bethebalance

let’s also not forget the Dershowitz is a highly talented criminal defense lawyer.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Long form only, please. Accept no substitutes.

Bart
Bart

Resist. Yes resist joining the angered flock unable to accept losing. Resist the urge to cast any Trump supporter or proposed appointee as racist, xenophobic, etc. Resist being part of the problem. Resist defending the failed status quo. Resist posting irrational downright offensive comments from a congressman who has done absolutely nothing of significance during his time in office. Resist the ill informed resistance of which only a few exercised their basic right to vote. Yes, resist being just another talking head spewing inane dem soundbites. Resist.

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Bart, I know we are in the Post-Truth Era but, please, Bannon’s words and actions condemn him. It is not a matter of interpretation. Only whether you scrape the dog poop off your shoe or pretend to enjoy the smell.

zedsmith
zedsmith

You keep saying that only a few protesters voted— can you support that claim with evidence?

Bart
Bart

Here you go – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/15/election-records-more-than-half-arrested-anti-trump-protesters-didnt-vote-ore/93877132/ – over half of the arrested protestors in Portland didn’t vote. While not scientific, it can be reasonably assumed that the same applies across the country.

George Chidi
George Chidi

Steve Bannon is not any proposed appointee. He is a specific person, with a specific record. That record includes creating the platform for the alt-right, which is overtly and deliberately white supremacist. It holds that the ideals of Western civilization cannot be separated from European ancestry, and that it is appropriate for a white hereditary elite to maintain control even when a minority of the population in order to protect that civilization from destruction at the hands of nonwhites. It is racist to its core, and he is their tribune and publisher. It’s not an “if” or “maybe” thing that… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

If memory serves, haven’t you referred to the majority if not all of Trump’s supporters as racists and Nazis in the past?

bethebalance
bethebalance

Bannon is not just “any” supporter or appointee. And- ppl have a right to express themselves- why do all the protests offend so?

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

The appointment of Bannon is a huge f/u to Obama. A dog whistle to Trump’s racist buddies.
Trump may not be a racist but he likes to keep a tame one near at all times.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Power will magnify everything. Even if Bannon only panders to racists, that pandering will be magnified, leading to more empowered racists. That said, Bannon looks like a Harvard Wall Street elitist to me, manipulating minds to enrich and empower himself.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

I’ve seen his photos. His “look” is more disheveled, LL Bean, street person.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I’m curious, George. Should the little boy in this video in this story also “resist” his obviously abusive mother? This is sickening.
http://www.wlox.com/story/33689627/video-mom-throws-son-out-of-the-house-for-voting-for-donald-trump-in-school-election

rickday
rickday

What is more sickening, is this non sequitur “point” you just pulled from your nether regions. For no reason other than obstuficate.

Grow up. Talk about the subject of the post, and stop throwing toothpicks at OP.

Mike Hassinger
Mike Hassinger

George, I’m truly astonished that you would not remain the least bit skeptical of a political statement by a Democrat Congressman and a piece of “humor” journalism in the WaPo. You leap from there to “Bannon is racist/anti-semitic, blah, blah, blah…” with only those flimsy assertions. I know you and respect you and you’re better than that. Here’s NPR’s take: “In an interview with Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep, Breitbart Senior Editor-at-large Josh Pollack defended Bannon and pushed back against the idea that the news website he ran and significantly expanded promoted racist or sexist views.” http://www.npr.org/2016/11/16/502304157/breitbart-editor-steve-bannon-has-no-prejudices If Trump’s surrounding himself… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

I thought the WaPo piece was satirical, but the humor was just a method to approach the very unfunny substance. Which actually captures a lot of the problem well imo. Which is that there are multiple levels to this issue- those that are apparent and those that are latent. In the CNN video, for example, a Breitbart article was quoted which stated that some alt-right personalities shared antisemitic and racist memes, but that they were just joking and had no real problem with Jews, gays, or individuals of color. So, apparent racism but latent non-discrimination? Not likely; there is more… Read more »

George Chidi
George Chidi

I’m not leaping to “Steve Bannon is a racist” because of the Washington Post and Hank Johnson. I’ve held that view for quite a while. You see, I’ve had a couple of run-ins with their reporters and editorial staff over the years. It started with my reporting on the quiet Obama administration plans to round up known provocateurs in advance of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting. One thing led to another, and my work was being misquoted by Breitbart. That led to a long, hard look at their editorial practices, along the lines of what I did when… Read more »

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

That’s not NPR’s take. That’s an interview with a Bannon supporter who is defending him. Having been subjected to the conspiracy theory stories that get posted on Facebook from Breitbart multiple times by oblivious friends and family, I can’t imagine how anyone comes to the conclusion that the man isn’t, at the very least, pushing white supremacist propaganda. Their “stories” are only loosely based on fact if at all. That propaganda most definitely fed Trump’s movement and may be what led to his victory. His supporters felt left behind… because Breitbart and fake news outlets like it have been telling… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Here are some Brietbart headlines over which Bannon had editorial control: “Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew” “Big Trans Hate Machine Targers Pitching Great Curt Schilling” “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews” “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” (That article went on to say… “your birth control injection will add on pounds that will prevent the injection you really want — of man meat.”) “The Solution to Online ‘Harassment’ is Simple: Women Should Log Off” “Teenage Boys With Tits: Here’a My Problem With Ghostbusters” “6 Reasons Pamela Geller’s Muhammad Cartoon Contest is… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Breitbart headline: Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew.

The fact that Kristol is a Jew was so important to the story that I don’t think the word Jew appeared other than in the headline.

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/15/bill-kristol-republican-spoiler-renegade-jew/

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Breitbart headline: “Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew”

The fact that Kristol is a Jew was so central to the story that I don’t think the word Jew appears anywhere other than the headline.

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/15/bill-kristol-republican-spoiler-renegade-jew/

rickday
rickday

So we can type the word assholes now?

Cool!

Mike Hassinger
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Parker’s argument appears to be “yeah his website was racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, and mysoginistic, but that doesn’t mean he is. After all, his friends say nice things about him.” At one point she brushes off some of Brietbart’s misogyny-based content by pointing out that the author was Milo Yiannopoulos “who, among other things, is never to be taken seriously.” Well why in the heck did Bannon employ him and publish him? I would repeat my assertion that one who is willing to provide a platform for bigots and encourage their bigotry for personal gain is just as disgusting as the… Read more »

rickday
rickday

” Well why in the heck did Bannon employ him and publish him?” because….he draws an audience, which is the purpose of the platform, to draw eyes for advertising dollars? “why is the candidate that promised to “drain the swamp” handing out a senior advisory position to a former Goldman Sachs banker?” because….he has experience in the banking sector and might be a decent fit under a stern Trump eye? ” would repeat my assertion that one who is willing to provide a platform for bigots and encourage their bigotry for personal gain is just as disgusting as the bigots… Read more »

Loren
Loren

Parker writes: “But Trump has also promised to clamp down on the media, which would have to include Breitbart, which invites the worst sorts of expression.”

That’s a terrible misreading of Trump. His comments where he’s promised to “clamp down on the media” make it very clear that he’s not interested in pursuing some sort of neutral-viewpoint restriction of offensive speech. He wants to clamp down on media that offend and criticize HIM.

And since Breitbart.com practically worships at Trump’s altar, they don’t really have anything to worry about.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Giuliani said Trump is a genius.

Bannon may indeed be a genius appointment. There’s nothing in the discredited trickle down theory, or hardly anything else the GOP may do that’s going to help the rubes. Bannon will be good at communicating the message that that is due to interference by the establishment, immigrants, and anyone else that’s not a real American.

rickday
rickday

I really wish my friends on the left would stop pouting.

I also wish my friends on the right would quit gloating.

Grow up, all of you.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The fact is that after eight years of the GOP generally complicit in the de-legitimation of the first African American President and refusing to cooperate in any substantive way, nearly half of my fellow citizens voted for a misogynist demagogue that blatantly appealed to racism. This election has done lasting damage even if a Trump presidency is not all bad. Killing and torture will show foreigners just how great America is again. The cheers for xenophobia, revelry in a fascist “Law and Order” acceptance speech, and “Lock the bitch up” shirts worn with pride aren’t going to be soon forgotten,… Read more »