‘I NO LONGER FELT SAFE’
Conservative BU student transfers out after threats
- White supremacist Chris Cantwell kicked off dating site OkCupid
- Jason Kessler, Charlottesville rally organizer, says he’s in hiding
- MEDIA BUZZ: Trump rips the press as Charlottesville backlash intensifies
President Trump’s controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving the White House, in another major staff shakeup announced at the close of another tumultuous week in Washington.
The White House confirmed in a brief statement that Bannon, a hardcore populist who often sparred with his West Wing colleagues, would make Friday his last day — just over a year after he joined the Trump presidential campaign.
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”
One White House aide told Fox News the departure was a long time coming, and that Bannon actually submitted his resignation in writing two weeks ago.
This would have been just days after Kelly joined as chief of staff. Kelly was said to have been the driving force in the ouster of former communications director Anthony Scaramucci, and speculation swiftly centered on Bannon as the next one to go.
Sources say Bannon has become increasingly isolated in the White House. Adding to the pressure, some critics also publicly attacked Bannon in the wake of last weekend’s Charlottesville violence, in which a counter-protester was killed at a white nationalist rally. Trump came under intense criticism for his response to that violence, and some blamed Bannon for the tone — though it’s unclear how much influence he had in Trump’s remarks.
Bannon formally joined Trump’s team last summer, when the former head of Breitbart News was tapped as chief executive of the campaign. After Trump won the presidential race, Bannon was appointed to a senior adviser role at the same time Reince Priebus was named chief of staff.
The Drudge Report first reported Bannon’s exit, saying he could return to Breitbart.
Earlier this week, Bannon gave a candid interview to a liberal magazine where he slammed some of his adversaries inside the administration.
Speaking to The American Prospect, Bannon contradicted the administration’s statements on North Korea. He said despite threats to attack the regime, “There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday rebuffed those remarks.
Bannon has long been a target of mainstream Republican ire – and until now had survived even as top Trump lieutenants like Sean Spicer and Priebus have resigned.
Trump briefly addressed the speculation about Bannon’s future during a wide-ranging Q&A with reporters at Trump Tower on Tuesday afternoon.
“I like Mr. Bannon, he’s a friend of mine,” Trump said, while downplaying his impact in the 2016 campaign. “I like him. He’s a good man. He’s not a racist … but we’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon.”
The departure eased criticism of the administration only slightly.
The Democratic National Committee reacted to the news by saying there “is one less white supremacist in the White House, but that doesn’t change the man sitting behind the Resolute desk.”
Some conservatives expressed worry in recent days about Bannon’s potential departure.
WE ALL KNOW WHO WILL BE CALLING THE SHOTS NOW IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
TRUMP WILL LOSE 2020, THE POLITICAL STRUGGLE IS OVER
ITS TIME WE GET READY TO REDRESS OUR GRIEVANCES THROUGH WAR
Night Of The Digital Knives: Silicon Valley Launches Biggest Internet Censorship Purge In History
Matt Forney is an American author, journalist and radio host based in Europe. He blogs at MattForney.com and is also on Medium, Gab, Instagram, SoundCloud, and YouTube. He is the author of Do the Philippines and many other books, available here. Matt’s work has also been featured at Reaxxion, Taki’s Magazine, AltRight.com, Red Ice, Alternative Right, and other sites.
As the fallout from the failed Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend continues, leftist-controlled tech and social media outlets have started mass censoring right-wingers and banning them from their platforms. While sites such as Twitter have been hostile to the right for a long time, the events in Charlottesville—where alt-left agitator Heather Heyer was killed by rally attendee James Alex Fields, Jr.—have given leftist-run sites the excuse they need to ideologically cleanse their websites.
As of this writing, numerous right-wing websites and personalities have been banned from PayPal, Twitter, Paypal, Stripe, Facebook, Instagram, Mailchimp, Soundcloud, Uber, and countless other platforms. To make matters worse, domain registrars and website maintenance companies such as CloudFlare and GoDaddy have no-platformed The Daily Stormer, keeping the site offline since Sunday. It’s clear that ideological dissidents are going to have to change their tactics in order to keep their websites and other platforms online.
Dozens have been purged
Even before the Charlottesville rally, right-wingers had been targeted for no-platforming by leftist-converged social media and financial platforms. Since Donald Trump’s election, we’ve witnessed a flurry of attacks from Silicon Valley, from the mass demonetization of politically dissident YouTube videos to the banning of individuals such as Hunter Wallace, Davis Aurini, and ROK publisher Roosh Valizadeh from PayPal.
In the lead up to Unite the Right, Airbnb began cancelling the accounts of right-wingers that it suspected were renting apartments in Charlottesville to attend the rally. On the day of the rally itself, alt-right media outlet Red Ice was hacked by antifas, along with the personal Twitter accounts of hosts Henrik Palmgren and Lana Lokteff; the site is still offline. Baked Alaska and James Allsup were also banned from Uber after they were kicked out by their driver for supposedly being “racist.” This was all a prelude to what came next.
The first wave of the assault on right-wingers came on Sunday, when several of the major rally attendees, including Pax Dickinson, Mike Enoch, and Levi Smith, were banned from Twitter. Dickinson’s ban came not long after he revealed how local police had deliberately set up the rally attendees to be overwhelmed and attacked by antifas.
Over the next few days, PayPal and Facebook announced a major crackdown on right-wingers. Facebook has banned the pages and personal accounts of numerous right-wing personalities and sites, including American Renaissance, Christopher Cantwell, Pax Dickinson, and the Traditionalist Worker Party. PayPal has also banned Cantwell, Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler, American Renaissance, VDARE, and countless others from using their services, cutting them off from a vital source of funds. In the latter two cases, AmRen and VDARE were banned even though neither they nor their leadership had any involvement with Unite the Right.
This is the largest DDoS attack against Gab in our existence.
Happening on our one year anniversary.
Only propelling our message.
— Gab (@getongab) August 15, 2017
Additionally, Mailchimp has purged numerous right-wingers from using its mailing list services, including Christopher Cantwell and Pax Dickinson’s Counter.Fund. Cantwell was also banned from YouTube permanently and may be completely ruined due to his involvement in Unite the Right. Discord has also banned alt-right servers.
To make matters worse, leftists have begun attacking web hosts, domain registrars, and other infrastructural services that right-wingers rely on to keep their sites online. Rootbocks and Hatreon, two free-speech alternatives to GoFundMe and Patreon, respectively, have been forced to switch domains and webhosts after being banned due to their unwillingness to ban right-wingers. Free speech Twitter replacement Gab has been subjected to several DDoS attacks for the same reasons, and the Alternative Right blog was deleted from Blogger last night.
But no site has suffered as much as The Daily Stormer. After they published an article on Sunday mocking Heather Heyer, they were forced off their domain registrar GoDaddy after alt-leftists complained. They switched to Google Domains, only to have their domain seized in violation of Google’s terms of service. The Daily Stormer is currently only available on the deep web and may not be able to return to normal operations.
What’s astounding is that alt-left-controlled tech organizations aren’t even hiding their desire to purge right-wing organizations. For example, anti-DDoS service CloudFlare banned The Daily Stormer solely because their CEO woke up in a “bad mood,” which he admitted in a company-wide email:
Let me be clear: this was an arbitrary decision. It was different than what I’d talked talked with our senior team about yesterday. I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet. I called our legal team and told them what we were going to do. I called our Trust & Safety team and had them stop the service. It was a decision I could make because I’m the CEO of a major Internet infrastructure company.
The purge has swelled to the point that Lauren Southern—who is completely unaffiliated with the alt-right and was not present at Charlottesville—was nearly banned from Instagram, despite her account there being completely apolitical. As Hamish’s Tweet above shows, these are far from the only examples of right-wingers being purged, no-platformed, censored, or merely harassed. Others, such as Social Matter’s Ryan Landry and AltRight.com/Arktos’ Jason Reza Jorjani, have chosen to leave the alt-right altogether.
Where do we go from here?
While the purge of right-wingers from mainstream financial and social media platforms appears to be slowing down somewhat, it is clear that the right can no longer rely on these services to promote or finance their operations. The fact that previously neutral platforms such as domain registrars and DDoS protection systems such as CloudFlare are also booting right-wingers is a chilling development, because it means that alt-tech platforms such as Gab, Rootbocks, and Hatreon are at risk of being no-platformed as well.
While I believe that nationalism will ultimately triumph over globalism, it is clear that right-wingers will need to take drastic measures in order to safeguard their First Amendment rights. In addition to minimizing or eliminating their dependence on mainstream platforms, right-wingers will also need to eliminate their use of Nazi imagery—even as a joke—and tone down their criticism of Jews. Much like how Roosh was able to maintain his relevance despite no longer being able to talk about rape, the dissident right can maintain its relevance without turning into Hollywood Nazis.
Additionally, the dissident right cannot look to President Trump for protection from the alt-left. While Trump has made his displeasure at the alt-left publicly known, his lack of action against them—and against the no-platforming of his right-wing supporters—indicates that he either doesn’t understand the problem or doesn’t care. For the moment at least, we are on our own.
ARE YOU READY TO FIGHT BACK? CAUSE THEY ARE COMING FOR YOU.