Republicans Are Inventing a Delusional Storyline About the Protests Erupting Around the Country—and It Could Cost Them
Steve Bannon’s Islamophobic Film Script Explains His Whole Diseased World View
The emergence this week of a script for an Islamophobic film written a decade ago by Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist has drawn new attention to Bannon’s past statements about Islam, and to his view that “the Judeo-Christian west” is engaged in a “global war” against “jihadist Islamic fascism”.
Report: CNN Turns down White House Offer of Kellyanne Conway to Appear on Sunday Shows
This is Donald Trump’s America: one where things like art and books and science and learning and thoughtful consideration of complicated problems are deemed worthless and tossed aside.
When Tyrants Banned Religious Minorities
In the wake of the Trump administration’s changes to immigration regulations, many people are wondering if this is the beginning of religious censorship in the United States. Certainly it wouldn’t be the first time a government implemented a ban on members of a religious group it viewed dangerous or subversive. But religious bans never work out for anyone: either those being targeted or the governments sending others into exile.
Senior White House policy adviser Steve Bannon’s characterization of traditional news outlets as “the opposition party” and his demand that the media “keep its mouth shut up” reflects a sensibility similar to those of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Egypt’s military ruler in a civilian suit, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. While it’s true that Trump, unlike those two strongmen, has not thrown reporters in prison, the administration’s concerted effort to delegitimize respected media outlets so that it will be freer to construct and reinforce its own narratives is right out of the authoritarian playbook.
In his first week in office, Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening the funding of any municipality deemed a “sanctuary city,” an umbrella term for any local government that prioritizes enforcing local criminal law over using its resources to enforce federal immigration law.