When Donald Trump announced Sunday that Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus would be his chief of staff, many GOP insiders hailed the choice while others said Trump — the political outsider — had chosen an establishment person to run his team.
But the real backlash came when the president-elect’s chief strategist was named. Former Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon will serve Trump’s administration as chief strategist and senior counselor. Bannon was an integral part of Trump’s campaign, serving as its CEO since August. He and Priebus will reportedly be “equal partners” in the administration.
After Bannon’s role was announced, Twitter users flocked to the social network to express outrage. Critics have accused him of cozying up to the alt-right, which is associated with anti-Semitism, misogyny, and white nationalism.
Under Bannon’s tenure, Breitbart published stories that promoted nationalism, and has been criticized for being a racist and anti-Semitic publication. In court documents, Bannon’s ex-wife said he didn’t want their children to attend a school with Jewish students.
Critics called for condemnation of Bannon’s selection.
Others pointed out the types of content Breitbart published under Bannon’s leadership.
But Bannon has his share of supporters online.
The hot button topic continues to draw comments from both sides of the aisle on Twitter, where Bannon’s name was still trending at our deadline.