Stephen Bannon of Breitbart was just appointed as the chief strategist of President Donald Trump. In general what do you think about this appointment and what kind of effect it might have on white nationalist, alt-right scene in the US? Read few comments.
Cas Mudde, Assistant Professor, Department of International Affairs, University of Georgia
I don’t really know. It shows that Trump rewards Bannon for his role in the campaign and trusts him (at least more than other people). It also shows he is believes Bannon has the pulse on the pulse of the country. It will probably give so-called “alt right” people easier access to people with access to Trump, but I am not sure how much influence they will have on policy. I think it is more a signal that Trump wants to keep the radical right mobilized during his presidency.
Steven Greene, Associate Professor of Political Science, North Carolina State University
Well, I cannot say it is the least surprising. Bannon played a major strategic role in Trump’s campaign and it is quite typical to bring such advisers over from the campaign to the presidency. If Trump were not going to be concerned with Bannon’s links to the alt-right during the campaign, I would not expect him to be once elected. As for it’s impact, I suspect that the alt-right, etc., will feel more empowered than they ever have and that white nationalism may well play more of an open, public role in American politics than it has in decades. I do not think that’s good for American democracy. But, there’s a lot about Trump’s impending presidency that I think presents genuine challenges for American democracy.
Robert Y. Shapiro, Professor, Political Science, Columbia University
I think this is enough of an appointment that they will continue to support Trump.