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Glenn Beck: 'We're Racist' If Trump Doesn't Fire Bannon

| by Ray Brown

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck warned against Steve Bannon, the newly appointed chief of staff for President-elect Donald Trump, for being a pivotal part of the "alt-right," which critics describe as a racist political movement.

According to Right Wing Watch, Beck's view of Bannon is really extreme:

If you know Steve Bannon’s agenda and his vision of America, it’s not pretty. When people really understand what the alt-right is, this neo-nationalist, neo-Nazi, white supremacy idea that Bannon is pushing hard; I hope they wake up because, if not, we are racist. If that’s what we accept and we know it, then we are racist. I contend people don’t know what the alt-right is yet.

"The alt-right supports the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants and protectionist trade policies. It opposes feminism, diversity, gay rights, globalism, gun control and civil rights," wrote Thomas J. Main, a professor at the School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Bannon, who headed Trump's campaign during the 2016 presidential election, was the former president of Breitbart.com, a website that publishes news stories with a far-right and sometimes racist angle that is seen as a platform for the alt-right.

Some of Breitbart's headlines include: “Bill Kristol: Republican spoiler, renegade Jew," "Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy," and "Trannies whine about hilarious Bruce Jenner billboard.”

Although some might chuckle at the teasing attitude Breitbart and the alt-right convey, Beck said there is something more insidious in the works.

"We have to have a discussion aside from politics about this small group of people and how this European and really pro-Russian nationalism is seeping into our country," Beck told CNN.

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Sources: Right Wing Watch, CNN, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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