Donald Trump has official appointed the leader of a white nationalist organization to a senior position in his White House.
The Trump transition team announced on Sunday evening that Stephen Bannon would serve as the “Chief Strategist & Senior Counselor” in the White House leadership team.
Bannon has been serving as the head of the Trump campaign. But before that he was the CEO of Breitbart.com, which has described itself as the premier outlet for the white nationalist “alt-right” movement.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented how, while at Breitbart, Bannon used the site for “Embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Race-baiting ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant ideas.”
The site promoted the “popular racist conspiracy theory” that “African-Americans are committing crimes against whites at alarming rates.”
Trump also promoted this false theory during his campaign, promoting white supremacist Twitter accounts that called blacks criminals.
During the campaign Breitbart.com faced allegations that Trump was secretly funneling payments to the site in exchange for extremely favorable coverage. Breitbart repeatedly promoted Trump while attacking his opponents in the Republican primary and in the general election.
One former employee of the site, Ben Shapiro, said that the site “embraced the white supremacist alt-right.”