Thursday, February 02, 2017
President Stephen Bannon
Or at least co-president Stephen Bannon. We now live in a country where the truly hateful views of the white-Christian-male supremacist movements are affecting the administration, perhaps even ruling the administration.
For the most recent example, the violence at a demonstration about the speech of one Milo Yiannopoulos provoked Trump into yet another tweet:
It wasn't the U.C. Berkeley which carried out violent acts. The culprits seem to have been a group of anarchists called Black Bloc. The idea that the university could be deprived of its federal funds for such a reason is mindbogglingly illogical. The university canceled the speech to protect that asshat Milo.
I strongly condemn violence in demonstrations, and I believe that asshat Milo should be allowed to do his clown act. But, to repeat, the U.C. Berkeley didn't cancel his speech to silence him; it was canceled to protect him.
Now consider Trump's Twitter response, the idea that the president of the United States does something like this. It's hard not to think that the response really comes from Stephen Bannon, who was the editor of Breitbart when Yiannopoulos wrote such deeply interesting articles there as "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy."* It would be Bannon who wants the opinions of asshat Milo spread all over the country, because the kind of racism and misogyny Milo represents is exactly what Bannon seems to want to see as the basis of the new American state he will create when the current system is destroyed.
So unless I find better evidence, I believe that this little tweet incident is from our real president, Stephen Bannon, and directly from the Breitbart values folder.
* Yiannopoulos has also argued that bringing back patriarchy would stop mass murders committed by young men (because Afghanistan is such a peaceful country, with its strong patriarchy?), and that feminism is a cancer.