In August, Donald Trump brought on Steve Bannon as his new champaign manager, and oh how we winced. Bannon, as chairman of Breitbart Media — the self-described “platform for the alt-right” — helmed Breitbart.com, a populist outlet that regularly dips into anti-immigrant, anti-feminist, antigay rhetoric, all with a casual relationship to facts and evidence.
Well lucky us — as newly appointed “top advisor,” Bannon will soon share the title of “second most powerful person in the Trump administration” with chief of staff Reince Priebus.
This is not small potatoes. Aside from the likely list of left-leaning organizations blasting Bannon, even some Republicans are raising a red flag.
“The racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Office,” said John Weaver, a Republican strategist who ran the presidential campaign of Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and previously advised Senator John McCain of Arizona. “Be very vigilant, America.”
How information gets to a president is tricky business. Trump has selected two clear gatekeepers — right-hand men with a proven antigay track record. Let’s not forget that as chairman of the RNC, Priebus oversaw the most antigay platform the Republican party has ever adopted.
And as a reminder of where Bannon comes down on LGBTQ issues, let’s revisit the 10 most antigay headlines from his brainchild, Breitbart.com:
1. “Dear Straight People: I’m Officially Giving You Permission To Say Gay, Faggot And Queer”
From resident self-hating gay “writer” slash intern wrangler and credit taker Milo Yiannopoulos, come every hate filled bigots wildest dreams: My gay “friend” said it was okay to use slurs, so there!
One imagines Yiannopoulos spending great swaths of his day looking at himself in a mirror repeating these words while he desperately wishes there was some validity to conversion therapy, so it is no surprise that he wouldn’t mind being called this by anyone else. Why he thinks he is in a position to speak for all gay people is another matter. Then again, there’s a decent chance he had an intern write this piece for him.
Dramatic reenactment (we can only guess):
“Milo, cool if we tell people they can use homophobic slurs and sign your name to it?”
“Huh? Yeah, whatever, I’m too busy totally not stealing money from the idiots dumb enough to contribute to my white male privilege fund. Write whatever.”
This made a recent Clinton campaign ad where people read some of Breitbart’s most offensive headlines.
2. “Gay Rights Have Made Us Dumber, It’s Time To Get Back In The Closet”
In which Yiannopoulos argues that gay men are smarter than straight men and so we should be procreating and getting our MSM kicks on the side, covertly. Because nothing says good husband and father like lying and leading a double life.
While we could do with seeing a lot less of Yiannopoulos in the world, shoving gay people back in the closet is such a lame brained idea that we can only imagine he is not one of the supposedly genius gay men who are destroying the world by not passing on their genes.
Not to mention, is he unaware that there are ways to procreate outside of the old “penis goes inside the vagina” method?
There’s also some vague mention of opposite sex parents being better parents, despite the preponderance of evidence showing that to be incorrect.
Watch Joe Rogan call Yiannopoulos to task for his antigay views below.
3. “Kids Raised By Same-Sex Couples Twice As Likely To Be Depressed, Fat Adults”
This is a model case of looking at research and trying your best to get it to match your conclusions. This article, written by anti-LGBTQ hate group leader Austin Ruse, relies on a paper by a Catholic priest from a Catholic University, which used as its source a decades old study with a small sample size of 20 children published by an open access, single blind journal out of Egypt.
It ignores all of the research done that shows the exact opposite to be true: that same-sex parents are just as successful as their heterosexual counterparts. You don’t have to be one of Yiannopoulos’s genius gays to smell that this is pure bullshit.
The article quotes sociologist Mark Regnerus, who has authored his own bogus study on the topic, discussed below.
4. “How Donald Trump Made It Cool To Be Gay Again”
Another from Yiannopoulos, who talks up the so-called “Twinks For Trump” movement, which consisted of little more than a single event at the 2016 RNC, which they called a party. I’m pretty sure my dead grandmother could throw a better party than that sad affair.
Nothing says cool like a bunch of self-hating gays in a room surrounded by photos of twinks in “Make America Great Again” hats unaware that everyone, including most Trump supporters, are laughing at what fools you are making of yourselves.
You’re not edgy, you’re just pathetic.
And if you’re going to wear a “We Shoot Back” shirt and talk tough, maybe don’t cancel your tough guy pride march because you’re scared you might get hurt. Guess things got too dangerous and real for Mr. Dangerous.
And to quote Larry David, “Only two kinds of people wear sunglasses indoors, blind people and assholes.”
5. “Phil Robertson Champions Marriage, Left Has Another Meltdown”
Too on-its-face stupid to require much additional comment. This is another article from professional hatemonger Ruse.
One thing that’s too good to not point out, though, and that is Ruse claiming Robertson’s use of scripture as proof of what marriage should look like. Seriously, does anyone actually read the Bible before trotting it as proof of their marriage arguments?
6. “Milo & Ann: Milo Gives Ann A Fag Pass”
In an apparent effort to somehow make Ann Coulter an even more loathsome individual, Yiannopoulos graciously extends his “fag pass” to Ms. Coulter specifically. He even says she is retroactively forgiven for ever having said it in the past.
He also would like us all to go back to using the word “gay” divisively.
“Gay as we mean it in the playground. Like lame, crap, rubbish, Hillary-supporting, Immigrant-loving, gay,” said Yiannopoulos.
You don’t need to give Coulter permission to be awful in a desperate bid to get her to like you, Milo, she’s going to do that anyway. It is her whole shtick. As you well know, you dutiful little student you.
How thoroughly do you think she scrubbed that shoulder after leaving his presence to make sure she got all the gay cooties off?
7. “I’ve Worked It Out: Isis Is A Gay Death Cult”
Our friend Yiannopoulos strikes again.
A key component of shock journalism is that it doesn’t need to be accurate or logical, it just needs to surprise and cause upset.
His “proof” of this assertion? They dress well – if you say so – like attention and hate gay people. Brilliant.
Not content simply to insult those who share his same sexual orientation, Yiannopoulos decides to go after those who share his Greek heritage as well.
“I can tell you as a Greek: whether it’s your neighbour’s wife, your brother or a medium-sized farmyard animal, men are a lot less discriminating about where they put themselves in hotter, poorer countries,” he writes, presuming it was actually him and not an intern.
Consult this video, Yiannopoulos. Maybe it will help.
8. “Day Of Silence: How The LGBT Agenda Is Hijacking America’s Youth”
Coming from a publication so addicted to verbal diarrhea, it is no wonder they are against anything to do with silence.
“Many parents, family, and religious organizations, however, are pushing back against government-sponsored infiltration of schools with the sex-and gender-centered social and political philosophy. A national Day of Silence Walkout has been organized; parents are urged to keep their children home from schools if those schools allow students and/or teachers to refuse to speak during instructional time on the Day of Silence,” writes Dr. Susan Berry, the article’s author.
How is the Day of Silence government-sponsored? It isn’t.
Her issue is with the fact that the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the group behind the day meant to raise awareness of anti-LGBTQ bullying, lies with the fact that its founder, Kevin Jennings, was the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration.
So that makes it a government-sponsored event? Of course not, but why let facts get in the way of a good alt-right scare tactic?
9. “In Wake Of Chattanooga Terror Attack, Provocative Gay Hate-Flag Must Come Down”
Another example of facts taking a backseat at Breitbart, John Nolte’s article argues that perhaps the rainbow pride flag is what caused Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez to kill four members of the U.S. military.
He shot up an armed forces recruiting center, followed by a U.S. Navy Reserve center.
Doubling down on the crazy conspiracy theories, Nolte suggests that the shooting at a free speech event in Texas, part of Draw Muhammad Cartoon Contest controversy, might also have been caused by people elsewhere in the country flying the gay pride flag.
One imagines if they were upset at gay people they could have found better targets. But again, why let logic, reason and facts get in the way of a good antigay story?
“It is time to shame and marginalize the gay rainbow flag — this offensive, provocative symbol of hate and oppression must be tossed on the ash bin of history…Before it kills again,” Nolte cartoonishly argues.
10. “Georgia Governor Caves To Big Gay Hate Machine, Vetoes Religious Freedom Bill”
Don’t like being hated? That makes you a hater?
So goes the logic behind another one of antigay Ruse’s pieces for the site.
Gov. Nathan Deal is quoted as saying, “character of our state and the character of our people. Georgia is a welcoming state. It is full of loving, kind and generous people. And that is what we should want. They choose to worship God in the way they see fit, in a myriad of ways, in a variety of settings.”
In Ruse’s eyes this type of acceptance is nothing more than caving to hate. Talk about an upside down worldview.