#FireBannon: Demand Increases for Donald Trump to Fire Steve Bannon – Here’s How You Can Help Make It Happen
‘No Fascists in the White House!’
PresidentÂ Donald Trump’s refusal to denounce white supremacism since Friday’s march on the University of Virginia and Saturday’s rally that ended with the murder of 32-year old Heather Heyer has only increased calls for him to fire Steve Bannon. You can join the movement to remove Steve Bannon from the White House.
Please, call the White House: (202) 456-1111. Demand President Trump fire Steve Bannon.
Bannon is a founding board member and the former publisher of Breitbart, a radical website that Bannon himself described as “the platform for the alt right.”Â He is also President Trump’s Chief White House Strategist, a position created by Trump especially for him.
And while Bannon’s ties to Breitbart may or may not still be active, its his past remarks and positions that have brought many to conclude he is a member of the “alt-right,” and some to label him a white supremacist, a white nationalist, or even a “Nazi.”
Bannon used Breitbart as a platform to push extremism into the mainstream. He must be held accountable. #FireBannon https://t.co/cwV5W50Gyq pic.twitter.com/y3WzMjuI5k
â€” Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) August 13, 2017
Just after the election The Washington Post reported “Bannonâ€™s senior White House role has been welcomed by prominent figures on the alt-right.”
Richard Spencer, president of the white-nationalist National Policy Institute, wrote on Twitter that â€œstrategistâ€ is the â€œbest possible positionâ€ for Bannon in Trumpâ€™s White House. â€œBannon will answer directly to Trump and focus on the big picture, and not get lost in the weeds,â€ he wrote Sunday night.
â€œHeâ€™ll be freed up to chart Trumpâ€™s macro trajectory,â€ Spencer wrote, adding, â€œThe question is: Which way is the arrow pointing? Itâ€™s pointing towards the #AltRight!â€
Those on the left have been clearly outraged from the start. Bannon ran Trump’s campaign, which was bad enough. When Trump brought Bannon into the White House, many went ballistic.
So please, call the White House: (202) 456-1111. DemandÂ Trump fire Bannon.
â€œPresident-elect Trumpâ€™s choice of Steve Bannon as his top aide signals that white supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trumpâ€™s White House,â€ the spokesperson for then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said in a statement, the Post added.Â â€œIt is easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion when Trump appoints one of the foremost peddlers of White Supremacist themes and rhetoric as his top aide. Bannon was â€˜the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill,â€™ according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.â€
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Bannon’s existence in the White House wasÂ normalized, just by his mereÂ presence and by the news media taking its focus off the “alt-right” leader in the White House.
But no more.
The hashtag #FireBannon is getting a lot of attention on social media after the murder of Heather Heyer and the violent white supremacist rally.
White Supremacy has no place in America. Let’s start with the White House. #FireBannon
â€” George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 13, 2017
The bigoted policies of President Bannon are tearing our country apart. It is time to #FireBannon. https://t.co/sGFFfQwtOw
â€” Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 13, 2017
Let’s begin to Stop White Supremacy, Neo Nazis and KKK where they feel most welcome, the White House. #FireBannon #Charlottesville
â€” Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 13, 2017
Yeah, we’re not coming together with Nazis. Sincerely, America #FireBannon https://t.co/DVEQHd50o3
â€” Zach Braff (@zachbraff) August 14, 2017
TODAY! Call the White House: 202-224-3121
Tell them to #FireBannon
â€” Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 14, 2017
Nevertheless, Heather Heyer persisted. And, now, we are all going to have to persist on her behalf. #FireBannon. And then Trump. And Pence. pic.twitter.com/jEO5POaLDJ
â€” Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 14, 2017
She beat you among American voters.
She beat you in your own state.
She beat you in your own city.
Oh, and #FireBannon – he’s the leaker. https://t.co/B30n3Sgqcs
â€” John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 13, 2017
Axios reports that Trump may be itching to fire Bannon.
“President Trump has told close associates that he believes Steve Bannon is behind damaging leaks about White House colleagues, putting the chief strategist’s job in fresh jeopardy, sources close to the president tell me,” Axios’Â Lazaro Gamio reports. “Trump has told associates he’s fed upÂ with what he sees as self-promotion by Bannon, who did not join the core team this week at the president’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J.”
Bannon may be ther top choice of Americans to be fired from the White House. Stephen Miller and Nazi-linked Sebastian Gorka, who are also top White House aides, are on the list of many to be fired from the White House:
Time to take out the trash!
No fascists in the White House!#FireBannon#FireGorka#FireMiller pic.twitter.com/fDZZDDgCOV
â€” Wolverine 2017ðŸ’¥ (@Wolv_2017) August 14, 2017
Keep RETWEETING and Don’t Stop Until It Happens!!
â€” Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) August 14, 2017
Need some more reasons why Bannon must go? Slate reports under Bannon’s leadership at Breitbart, “the site published an infamous article thatÂ celebrated the work of several white supremacists, including Richard Spencer, who was one of the leaders of the Charlottesville rally and whoÂ made headlines for using Nazi slogans and gesturesÂ at a Washington celebration of Trump’s inauguration. (BreitbartÂ also famously posted some of its stories under the heading ‘Black Crime.’)”
Bannon hasÂ repeatedly and publicly endorsedÂ The Camp of the Saints, a novel popular in white-pride circles in which black Americans, “dirty Arabs,” and feces-eating Hindu rapists (among others) destroy civilization. The book refers to black individuals as “niggers” and “rats.” Bannon hasÂ also reportedly praisedÂ a far-right French writer named Charles Maurras who was sentenced to life in prison after World War II for collaboration with Nazi occupiers. And he’s complained publicly that too many tech CEOs are Asian American.Â AndÂ he reportedly told his ex-wife that he didn’t want their children attending schools with significant Jewish enrollment.Â
So please, call the White House: (202) 456-1111.
Demand the President fire Steve Bannon, and anyone else tied to white supremacists, white nationalists, Neo-Nazis, fascists, and any other hate ideologies.
This is America. It’s time we fixed this once and for all.
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‘Restore My Account Immediately’: Marjorie Taylor Greene Cries After Twitter Suspends Her Over Anti-Trans Tweets
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is lashing out at Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk after the social media company, she says, suspended her official government account for seven days for posting apparently anti-transgender tweets. At least four of her tweets appear to have been deleted.
Rep. Greene appears to have been promoting an unverified claim that “Antifa” and transgender activists are planning a “Trans Day of Vengeance.” Fox News is also claiming there is a “Trans Day of Vengeance,” and a website the report links to says it will be on April 1.
“My Congressional account was suspended for 7 days for exposing Antifa, who are organizing a call for violence called ‘Trans Day of Vengeance.’ The day after the mass murder of children by a trans shooter. Restore my account immediately,” Greene demanded, tagging Musk, Twitter Safety, and the head of Twitter Safety, Ella Irwin.
There is no evidence that “Antifa” which is not an actual group, has anything to do with the alleged Trans Day of Vengeance.
The Independent adds Greene made “unfounded” claims “about the Nashville school shooting being a product of ‘Antifa’ and ‘trans-terrorism.'”
According to The Hill, Congresswoman Greene tweeted a poster of the alleged event, and Twitter removed the post, so she repeatedly reposted it, only to have Twitter remove it.
This is a lie.
My Congressional account was suspended for 7 days for exposing Antifa, who are organizing a call for violence called “Trans Day of Vengeance.”
The day after the mass murder of children by a trans shooter.
Restore my account immediately. @elonmusk @ellagirwin… https://t.co/p9XZLtuuDF pic.twitter.com/svViCYUyhm
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) March 28, 2023
Ella Irwin, Twitter’s head of trust and safety, tweeted: “We had to automatically sweep our platform and remove >5000 tweets /retweets of this poster. We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them. ‘Vengeance’ does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is ok.”
On her personal Twitter account, Greene also promoted a similar, baseless claim:
“In the wake of a transgender shooter targeting a Christian school and murdering kids, every American should know the threat of Antifa driven trans-terrorism. Twitter should not whitewash the incitement of politically motivated violence,” she said, pointing to another of her tweets that had been removed.
Greene on Monday made anti-trans remarks in the wake of the the Nashville shooting.
“How much hormones like testosterone and medications for mental illness was the transgender Nashville school shooter taking? Everyone can stop blaming guns now,” she said.
Currently, numerous right-wing and far-right wing Twitter accounts are linking the alleged Trans Day of Vengeance to Monday’s horrific Covenant Presbyterian elementary school shooting in Nashville, where three nine-year olds and three adults were shot to death. The shooter allegedly identified as transgender, according to Nashville police.
RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
‘Troubling Questions’: Experts Slam Ginni Thomas’ Group That Waged Cultural War Against the Left via Web of Dark Money Orgs
Legal experts are responding to bombshell reporting from The Washington Post revealing Ginni Thomas, the spouse of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, who had unprecedented access to the Trump White House and Oval Office, for years headed a secretive right-wing activist organization funded through a web of dark money groups, whose purpose was to wage a culture war against the left.
The Post reports the organization, Crowdsourcers for Culture and Liberty, took in nearly $600,000 in anonymous funds to fuel its efforts to battle “cultural Marxism,” as Ginni Thomas, who headed the group, called their mission.
Thomas had stepped away from her previous non-profit right-wing activist group “amid concerns that it created potential conflicts for her husband on hot-button issues before the court,” The Post says, and yet, she led Crowdsourcers for Culture and Liberty, which creates the same concerns. Where is the money coming from? What is the group doing with it? How much crossover is there between her activism and the group’s targets and efforts, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ work?
According to The Post, in tax filings of its think tank sponsor, Crowdsourcers for Culture and Liberty is described as an “informal, unincorporated nonprofit association which serves as an incubator for ideas across a network of conservative leaders, cultural entrepreneurs, and cultural influences.”
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It appears great efforts were made to ensure the donors to Thomas’ Crowdsourcers group would not be able to be publicly identified.
“In 2019, anonymous donors gave the think tank Capital Research Center, or CRC, $596,000 that was designated for Crowdsourcers, according to tax filings and audits the think tank submitted to state regulators. The majority of that money, $400,000, was routed through yet another nonprofit, Donors Trust, according to that organization’s tax filings. Donors Trust is a fund that receives money from wealthy donors whose identities are not disclosed and steers it toward conservative causes,” The Post explains.
Thomas, who is reportedly active in another secretive far-right wing group, the Council for National Policy, brought two well-known far-right wing activists from CNP into Crowdsourcers for Culture and Liberty: former Trump attorney, ally, and advisor Cleta Mitchell, and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk.
The New York Times last year described the Council for National Policy as an organization that “brings together old-school Republican luminaries, Christian conservatives, Tea Party activists and MAGA operatives, with more than 400 members who include leaders of organizations like the Federalist Society, the National Rifle Association and the Family Research Council.”
But despite all the obvious red flags, an attorney for Ginni Thomas, Mark Paoletta, told The Washington Post she was “proud of the work she did with Crowdsourcers, which brought together conservative leaders to discuss amplifying conservative values with respect to the battle over culture.”
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“She believes Crowdsourcers identified the Left’s dominance in most cultural lanes, while conservatives were mostly funding political organizations,” Paoletta also told The Post.
“There is no plausible conflict of interest issue with respect to Justice Thomas,” he claimed.
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who is also an attorney, responded to The Post’s report by mocking Paoletta’s claim there is no conflict of interest.
“Donors Trust was central to the far-right Court-packing operation, and now they pass secret donor funds to a justice’s spouse, but ‘no plausible conflict of interest’? Please.”
Sen. Whitehouse went on to explain his additional concerns.
“Plus, remember that the secrecy conduits like Donors Trust keep the *public* from knowing what’s happening, but nothing prevents the secret donor from telling the spouse or the justice, ‘Hey, that money that secretly came through to you — that’s me.'”
Adam Smith, Vice President for Democracy Initiatives at the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), observed: “Seems like the spouse of a Supreme Court Justice shouldn’t be able to hide the source of huge donations that could be from people with business before the court.”
READ MORE: Ginni Thomas’ Attempts to Influence Overturn of Election Even Wider Than Previously Known
CREW’s President, Noah Bookbinder, a former federal corruption prosecutor, adds: “Hundreds of thousands in anonymous donations to an activist group led by Ginni Thomas, spouse of a Supreme Court justice, raises all kinds of troubling questions about who could be influencing decisions that affect all of us.”
Attorney and Slate Magazine senior writer covering courts and the law, Mark Joseph Stern, pushed back against any idea the nearly $600,000 funding came from small donations.
“Ginni Thomas’ various political ventures have never had any small/grassroots donors. They have ALWAYS been funded by a handful of ultra-wealthy individuals and organizations who are very obviously trying to curry favor with her husband,” Stern said.
Former White House aide and CNN commentator Keith Boykin, also an attorney, called for Justice Thomas to recuse from certain cases: “If Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson had to recuse herself from the Harvard affirmative action case, then Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from all the cases on right-wing issues in which his activist wife, Ginni Thomas, is involved.”
RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Christian Nationalist Group Working to Get Its ‘Biblical Worldview Spread Across the Nation’
Last week, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed legislation prohibiting transgender people from using public school facilities that match their gender identity. That legislation was crafted by the National Association of Christian Lawmakers, a right-wing organization that seeks to elect “godly leaders in our nation at every level” and then use them to “restore the Judeo-Christian foundation of our nation.”
Following the signing of this legislation into law, Jason Rapert, a longtime religious-right activist and ardent Christian nationalist who founded the NACL, took a victory lap, crediting his organization for the law and celebrating its success in pushing back “against the things of the devil in our country.”
As Rapert reported, this legislation had first been proposed by Arkansas school board member David Naylor during an annual NACL meeting and then brought to the Arkansas state legislature by state Rep. Mary Bentley, who serves on the board of the NACL.
On Friday, Rapert interviewed Bentley on his “Save The Nation” program, where she celebrated the NACL’s efforts “to get our biblical worldview spread across the nation.”
“Thank goodness we’ve got some common sense left here in Arkansas,” Bentley said. “[It was because of the NACL] that we were able to get that passed as model policy and bring it forth. I just love seeing grassroots come together and school board members coming to the capitol and going to the governor’s desk and just seeing it all work and flow just exactly how we want to. So, for the folks that are supporting NACL and what we’re doing, this is what we want to do across the country.”
“This is an example of the power of the NACL’s ability with model legislation,” Rapert replied. “This was brought by one of our members, and this policy actually could be immediately adopted by school boards in every school district across this country. If the school board wanted to adopt it, this is the model that they can utilize. And in addition to that, just like you did, go and pass it for the state so that this is going to apply to all the school boards in your state.”
Rapert and Bentley agreed that Arkansas has now blazed the trail on this issue, thereby making it easier for legislatures in other states to enact the same law.
“That’s what happens when you can be a leader,” Bentley asserted. “Once you make a trail, it’s a lot easier for people to follow once you get that trail made.”
“Thank you again for being a part of the NACL,” Bentley declared. “It’s just what we need in this nation right now to have it moving forward, to get our biblical worldview spread across the nation.”
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
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