13 Steve Bannon Quotes That Paint A Diabolical Worldview He Took To The White House

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On Friday, the White House announced that senior presidential advisor Steve Bannon is leaving the Trump administration after seven months on the job. The former chief of an "alt-right" news site, Bannon had become a lightening rod for criticism in the Trump administration, both before and after the recent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. But these quotes from Bannon show that he shouldn't have been hired to work in the White House to begin with.

Prior to joining Trump's campaign (and later, the White House), Bannon was the executive chair of Breitbart, a conservative news website that's published several factually-incorrect and sometimes intentionally misleading articles since its founding in 2007. Under Bannon's tenure, the website veered into far-right bigotry, with headlines declaring that "there's no hiring bias against women in tech, they just suck at interviews," referring to an anti-Trump conservative as  "renegade Jew" and asserting that "gay rights have made us dumber."

Those headlines are disqualifying enough on their own for anybody seeking to work in the White House, and yet many of Bannon's own statements are just as incendiary, if not moreso.  Here are some of the worst things Bannon has said over the years — quotes that deemed him unacceptable for government employment from day one.

1. On The U.S. Government

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2. On Satan

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3. On Police Violence Against Black Americans

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4. On Systemic Racism

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5. On Female Leadership

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6. On The Refugee Crisis

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7. On Female Colleagues

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Bannon was referring to a 34-year-old colleague who disagreed with him.

8. On Leadership

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9. On Islam

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10. On A Potential Hillary Clinton Presidency

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11. On The Alt-Right

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12. On Asian Business Leaders

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13. Bonus: On Jews

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Bannon's ex-wife said this during the couple's divorce trial. Bannon denies having said it.

As should be clear right now, no president — Trump or otherwise — should have hired Bannon to work in the White House, or indeed any branch of government.