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Who’s Responsible When Extremists Get a Platform?

In the days immediately following the presidential election, one striking statement by Stephen K. Bannon, the president-elect’s chief strategist and former campaign chief executive, rose to particular prominence. Speaking in July in his capacity as the chairman of Breitbart News, Bannon told the journalist Sarah Posner, in an article for Mother Jones, that his site was “the platform for the alt-right.” The statement was interpreted as both a claim of credit and a sort of explanation. The man who helped guide Donald J. Trump to the White House, and who will guide him again as president, had revealed the connection between his candidate, his publication and America’s most noxious political faction — a recently emboldened white-nationalist movement. And not only that, he seemed proud of it.

Fonte: The New York Times


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