The media is still harping on incoming White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, days after President-elect Donald Trump named him to the position. And with every journalist in the world diving deep into Bannon’s background, we still hear the same vague allegations we heard on day one. Bannon once said his site, Breitbart, was a “platform for the alt-right.” Certain individuals within that sect of conservatism believe in white nationalism. Therefore, Steve Bannon is a white nationalist.
That’s the sum extent of what they have on him – well, that and some highly-suspicious claims made by his ex-wife. None of it amounts to a hill of beans. If Bannon was a white nationalist, we would have incontrovertible proof of it by now. No one is that good at hiding their tracks.
Now, instead of repeating the same nonsense about Bannon day after day, maybe the media should tell us a little bit about Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the odds-on favorite to become the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison is an ideologue in the tradition of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but he’s also the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. Okay, fine, fine. But what else?
Well, Ellison isn’t just a Muslim. He has a long history of extremist positions and alliances with some of the most un-American groups on the fringes of mainstream politics. For instance, he was a card-carrying spokesman for the Nation of Islam for much of his early adult life. Without any further discovery, this alone should make Ellison a far more controversial figure than Bannon – certainly if we’re throwing around accusations of “anti-semitism” so casually.
Ellison has since rejected the anti-semitic views of the Nation of Islam, but he has made plenty of disturbing statements since then. His rhetoric on the 9/11 attacks is a clear warning sign to anyone who is listening. He has sympathized with “truther” ideology – i.e., that 9/11 was an inside job meant to give the Bush administration license to go to war against Islam.
“It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that,” Ellison said. “After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”
At a time when conspiratorial liberals are already casting Trump as Hitler, there’s no place for this kind of lunacy in the Democratic Party leadership.
But we won’t hold our breath waiting on the mainstream media to sound the alarm.