What’s the Truth About Steve Bannon?

What’s the Truth About Steve Bannon?

The demonization of Stephen K. Bannon from all angles as soon as he was named Trump’s chief strategist was unlike anything I can recall. It was even worse than what the media said about Trump throughout his campaign, which immediately made me wonder — is this guy really as horrible as they say?

If I, someone who reads news constantly, can’t be sure what to make of Bannon, how is it possible that millions of Americans on Twitter and Facebook could be so sure he’s a “white nationalist” and anti-Semite? The simple answer is that the media told them so, which is extremely dangerous. As such, I decided to start reading as much as I could about Bannon.

Unlike 90% of these overnight Steve Bannon experts, I had already read the lengthy 2015 Bloomberg article on him, This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America. I remember finding it so interesting that I tweeted it out to my followers, imploring them to take a read. I can’t recall the details of the piece, but I remember my major takeaway was that this man is a force to be reckoned with. Of course, reading one article about Bannon a year ago gives you very little real knowledge about him. As such, given all the recent scrutiny, I went on a hunt for both pro and anti-Bannon articles. I figured I might be able to come to some sort of better, although naturally still quite imperfect, conclusion.

Let’s start with some of the claims, namely that he is a “white nationalist, anti-Semite.” The second claim seemed ridiculous on its face from what I know, which is why I immediately wondered about what’s really going on. From what I can tell, the main thrust of the argument stems from a claim his ex-wife made in a judicial proceeding. Here’s what he supposedly said about where to send their daughters to school:

“The biggest problem he had with Archer is the number of Jews that attend,” Piccard said in her statement signed on June 27, 2007.

“He said that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiny brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews,” Piccard wrote.

“I told him that there are children who are Jewish at (a competing school), and he asked me what the percentage was. I told him that I didn’t know because it wasn’t an issue for me as I am not raising the girls to be either anti-Semitic or prejudiced against anyone,” she wrote.

Steve Bannon denies the comments (apparently his kids went to the school anyway), so it’s a matter of he said, she said. So did he say it? Who knows, but for someone who doesn’t want his daughters being around Jews, he certainly spends a lot of time with Jews.

For example, he was close friends with the site’s founder, the late Andrew Breitbart. A Jew. Then there’s the current CEO of Breitbart, Larry Solov. Also a Jew. Finally, the site’s current senior-editor-at-large, Joel Pollak is an orthodox Jew who keeps the sabbath. The list goes on. Moreover, Jews who no longer work at Breitbart, and don’t even particularly like Steve Bannon, insist he’s not an anti-Semite. The most credible evidence comes from Ben Shapiro, who actually quit Breitbartdue to his distaste for Bannon. Nevertheless, here’s what he had to say about him at the Daily Wire:

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Michael Krieger

As far as my academic and professional background, I attended college at Duke University where I earned a double major in Economics and Spanish. After completing my studies in 2000, I took a job at Lehman Brothers where I worked with the Oil analyst in the Equity Research Department. In 2005, I joined Sanford C. Bernstein where I served as the Commodities Analyst on the trading floor. About halfway through my time there, I started to branch out and write opinions on bigger picture “macro” topics that no one else at the firm was covering. These opinion pieces were extremely popular throughout the global investment community, and I traveled extensively providing advice to some of the largest mutual funds, pension funds and hedge funds in the world. I loved my job, but as time passed I started to educate myself about how the monetary and financial system functions and what I discovered disgusted me. I no longer felt satisfied working within the industry, and I resigned in January 2010. At that point, I started a family investment office and continued to write macro pieces on economic, social and geopolitical topics. That summer, I drove cross country for six weeks and ultimately decided to leave the crowded streets of Manhattan for the open spaces of Boulder, Colorado, where I currently reside.