Top Trump strategist Bannon once told a colleague that suppressing black voters ‘not a bad thing’
President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist is now one of the most controversial figures in Washington — and that’s largely based on things his former colleagues have said about him.
In addition to scathing assessments of his character made by former employees at Breitbart News, the New York Times brings us word that the woman who collaborated with him to make a film about Ronald Reagan says that Bannon once told her it would not be a bad idea to limit African-Americans’ ability to vote.
Julia Jones, who co-wrote the Reagan documentary In the Face of Evil with Bannon, tells the Times that Bannon once mused on changing the laws so that only property owners would be allowed to vote in the United States.
“I said, ‘That would exclude a lot of African-Americans,'” Jones tells the paper. “He said, ‘Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.’ I said, ‘But what about [Bannon’s black executive assistant] Wendy?’ He said, ‘She’s different. She’s family.'”
Additionally, Jones claims that Bannon used to occasionally talk about “genetic superiority” of some people, although it’s not clear from the reporting whether he believes this genetic superiority is based on race.