(c) 2017 by Paul DuginskiUsed only with express written permission
President Donald Trump’s campaign was launched with racist remarks about Mexican immigrants, and the racism has continued into the White House. His closest advisors, as you might expect, reflect the views of the boss.
His top advisor, Steve Bannon, is a high priest of the white supremacist alt-right movement whose appointment as chief White House strategist was showered with praise by neo-Nazis, white supremacists, anti-Semites and the KKK. David Duke himself declared the choice of Bannon to be “excellent.” Duke is the former head of the KKK.
Jeff Sessions, the new attorney general, has said he thought the KKK was okay, and has been dogged by racist remarks that sank his nomination for a federal judgeship 20 years ago.
Mike Pompeo is a Koch brothers stooge and member of the so-called “tea party,” which is, as I’ve written for six years, deeply grounded in racism.
Newly departed national security advisor Mike Flynn has links to racist fake-news websites and is known for his ugly, outspoken Islamophobia.
Steve Mnuchin co-founded OneWest bank, which has been accused of discrimination against black and Latino customers, keeping branches out of non-white neighborhoods.
Trump himself was praised by the KKK, which saw him as a path to Make America Great Again. Its newspaper, the Crusader, endorsed Trump, saying, “America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”
Isn’t that a nice little Valentine to the White House?