President-elect Donald Trump made his first two key personnel appointments Sunday, which have many on edge.
Trump named GOP chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, and appointed his campaign CEO Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counsellor.
Bannon is a former investment banker and film producer who, until joining Trump’s campaign, recently ran the alt-Right news website Breitbart, an online destination that makes Fox News look polite and restrained. The 62-year-old white nationalist took a leave from Breitbart to run Trump’s campaign.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an American nonprofit that tracks hate groups, describes the alt-Right, or Alternative Right, as a set of far-right ideologies, groups, and individuals whose core belief is that “‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization.” During his tenure, the SPLC says Breitbart became a “white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill.”
In response to the announcement, John Weaver, the chief strategist to John Kasich, one of Trump’s political rivals, tweeted American should be “vigilant” because the “racist, fascist extreme right” is now footsteps from the Oval Office.
The racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Office. Be very vigilant America.
— John Weaver (@JWGOP) November 13, 2016