Since last week’s announcement of Stephen Bannon as President-elect Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor, both the mainstream media and social media have been abuzz about his appointment, decrying his politics as hateful and bigoted.
A Breitbart News employee spoke out with his first-hand experiences with Bannon Monday.
Joel Pollack is a writer for Breitbart and has worked with Bannon for nearly six years. Pollack asserts that he is more qualified than most to identify what is or is not antisemitic and to evaluate Bannon’s views as well.
“It defies logic that a man who was a close friend, confidant, and adviser to the late Andrew Breitbart – a proud Jew – could have any negative feelings towards Jews,” wrote Pollack, an Orthodox Jew with a Master’s degree in Jewish Studies. “As I can testify from years of work together with Steve in close quarters, the opposite is the case: Steve is outraged by antisemitism. If anything, he is overly sensitive about it, and often takes offense on Jews’ behalf.”
Pollack highlighted Bannon’s role in opening a branch of Breitbart News last year in Jerusalem. He contended that it was Breitbart’s dream to open “a bureau in Israel specifically to cover the region from an unabashedly Zionist perspective.” He also noted that in his role at Breitbart News, Bannon sought out “talent regardless of distinctions of race, gender, religion, sexuality, or another other kind.”
Pollack asserted that contrary to media fueled fears that Bannon’s appointment confirms their worst ideas about President-elect Trump, Americans should view the “appointment to a key White House role as a positive sign that President-elect Donald Trump intends to fulfill his promises.” He argued that Breitbart himself expected these types of attacks on his employees “and anyone else who is effective at opposing the left.”