The liberal mainstream media has regularly shown their dislike for President-elect Donald Trump.
But Trump’s latest move has liberal pundits completely blowing their top.
Steve Bannon, a leading force of the far-right, a flame-throwing media mogul and professional provocateur, a man who made a career out of roiling the establishment from the outside, just landed squarely on the inside.
Donald Trump’s pick for chief strategist and senior counselor signals the president-elect has no intention of abandoning his brash, outsider instincts as he puts together his new government. Trump didn’t give Bannon the top White House job — that went to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Still, Trump made clear Sunday that a man many credit with righting the businessman’s campaign — and one others accuse of amplifying a bigoted fringe — would have a plum position in the West Wing.
Bannon joined Trump’s election team as chief executive late in the campaign, following the departure of Trump’s second campaign team in August. He quickly became a member of Trump’s inner circle, frequently traveling with the candidate and working to re-shape his message to emphasize Trump’s populist and outsider appeal.
Bannon came from Breitbart News, an unabashedly pro-Trump outlet that had declared war on GOP leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, with whom Trump will have to work to pass his agenda if Ryan retains his role.
The move has liberals going ballistic. They’re accusing Bannon of everything one can think of — sexist, bigotry, anti-Semitism, racism. You name it, they’re yelling about it.
And Trump supporters were quick to point out the media hypocrisy.
— MicroTurkeyLeaks™ (@WDFx2EU8) November 13, 2016
They way that @CNN is attacking Bannon, you'd think he rigged primary elections or worked for a news network and leaked debate questions….
— Adam D. Brown (@aduanebrown) November 14, 2016
A Harvard MBA, Bannon began his career as a Goldman Sachs investment banker. He later capitalized on an entertainment industry deal that left him with a share of “Seinfeld” royalties, founded the Government Accountability Institute to ferret out “crony capitalism” and government corruption, and created a number of his own films, including paeans to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the tea party movement and Ronald Reagan.
Breitbart’s founder, the late Andrew Breitbart, once admiringly described Bannon as a leader of the tea party movement, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek profile. He was hired by Breitbart News after Breitbart died suddenly in 2012.
Given his background and reputation, many in the mainstream media had openly hoped that Bannon’s arrival in August to cause the Trump campaign to fall apart. But largely, Trump appeared more comfortable and willing to reinforce his message under the guidance of Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, who was promoted to the role of campaign manager when Bannon joined the team.
Ultimately, Bannon’s biggest influence appeared to be pushing Trump to adopt more populist rhetoric and paint rival Hillary Clinton as part of a globalist system bent on oppressing the country’s working people.
Trump’s campaign said Bannon will work “as equal partners” with Priebus. The arrangement suggests the president-elect is putting a premium on loyalty and maintaining much of his existing inner circle as he begins to fill thousands of government positions over the coming weeks.
“I want to thank President-elect Trump for the opportunity to work with Reince in driving the agenda of the Trump administration,” Bannon said in a statement. “We had a very successful partnership on the campaign, one that led to victory. We will have that same partnership in working to help President-elect Trump achieve his agenda.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article