Before Donald Trump announced his run for president, Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, was little more than a Boogie Man in the liberal imagination. He had taken over the conservative website after founder Andrew Breitbart unexpectedly dropped dead of a heart attack in June 2012, continuing his predecessor’s mission of spewing conspiracy theories across the internet: he and his crew kept fueling the Birther movement, claimed to “out” Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King as caucasian (Snopes’ investigation into that controversy tells the whole story) and desperately tried to stir up controversy over Hillary Clinton’s email server, despite the fact that she was cleared (twice!) of all wrong-doing.
Every dark impulse lurking in the mind of the angry white man can be found on Breitbart. The Alt-Right – the preferred term for the white nationalist movement – website supported Trump’s bid for the presidency from the beginning. Then in August, Bannon was named CEO of Trump’s campaign. When they managed to beat Hillary Clinton in the November election, he was handsomely rewarded for his loyalty: Trump named Bannon chief White House strategist, a position that will give him unimpeded access to and influence over the new president.
To say that Bannon delights in demeaning and mocking marginalized groups, from women to Muslims, hardly does his brand of toxic hatred justice. To understand the full scope of the site’s deeply disturbing discrimination – barely hiding under a thin veil of pseudo-journalism – here are 10 of the most alarming stories Breitbart News ever published under Bannon’s watch.