The controversy over President-elect Donal Trump‘s choice of Stephen Bannon as White House chief strategist is still brewing, and CNN’s Don Lemon brought a former Bannon employee on his show to get to the bottom of it.
Joel Pollock, editor-in-chief at Breitbart News, the media outlet formerly run by Bannon, wrote a piece for the publication indicating that far from being anti-Semitic, “if anything, [Bannon] is overly sensitive about it, and often takes offense on Jews’ behalf.”
“Who is the real Steve Bannon?” Lemon asked when he introduced Pollock to his panel. “Is he an anti-Semite, a white nationalist, a misogynist as many believe?”
These are the only choices? What, he left out child molester? Pollock ignored the slight to his former boss and called him “a national hero” for pulling Donald Trump’s campaign out of the ashes and propelling him to the White House.
“As a result of that, we’re going to see Supreme Court appointments of individuals who uphold the Constitution and for that, America owes Steve Bannon a great debt of gratitude.”
Pollock, who described himself as an Orthodox Jew who observes all the Jewish holidays, added that in his four-plus experience of working with Bannon he found him to be “a person who treats all people equally” and is not anti-Semitic.
“He’s probably the most pro-Israel advisor ever appointed to the White House,” Pollock said.
Lemon apparently wasn’t satisfied.
“Is he a white nationalist … a misogynist, or even bigoted in any way that you know of?” he asked.
“Not at all,” Pollock emphasized. “Steve Bannon went out of his way at Breitbart to look for talent among non-traditional conservatives, just like Andrew Breitbart had championed the cause of black conservatives, Latino conservatives, women conservatives.”
Nonetheless, Lemon asked why Breitbart News “trafficked” in the alt-right movement.
Pollock replied that the publication isn’t a clarion call for the alt-right movement — it merely reports on it from time-to-time.
Others have defended the former Breitbart CEO. America’s oldest pro-Israel group said Bannon has led the fight against anti-Semitism in the nation’s universities.
Liberal Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said that there was no evidence that the same Steve Bannon was anti-Semitic. Not to mention, the website and movement creator Andrew Breitbart himself happened to be Jewish.
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