Steve Bannon: 'Darkness is good'

And he has blown any chance of ever garnering any respect from me with his appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief adviser in the White House.

Under his stewardship at Breitbart, the pro-Trump website unashamedly pursued a nationalist agenda and became one of the leading outlets of the alt-right movement.

"I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist".

But Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, defended Bannon to reporters. Before Mr. Trump's rise, the site was a hub for 120-decibel screeds against President Obama plus assaults on "the Republican establishment" over immigration, trade and "globalism".

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers are speaking out against Bannon's appointment, but Congress has no legislative power over his post.

Feeling his oats coming off Trump's resounding win, the controversial former Breitbart News chairman told the entertainment news source "we're going to build an entirely new political movement".

"In his first official act, Mr Trump appointed a man who is seen as a champion of white supremacy as the No.1 strategist in his White House", Mr Reid said.

Witness the Chernobyl over Steve Bannon, who will be President-elect Trump's "chief strategist" as liberals assail him as a white supremacist and anti-Semite. The next president will be an unprincipled bully with an extremely thin skin who, even after his election, continues to tweet in the voice of a petulant know-it-all who doesn't think his brilliant ideas are taken seriously enough by the rest of the world. Bannon, who rarely gives interviews, also criticized the media's coverage of Trump, along with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and strategy.

Bannon, the CEO of the Trump campaign, said "darkness was good".

Senator Harry Reid told the US Senate on Wednesday (AEDT) that he bemoaned Mr Bannon's new role.

"It's everything related to jobs", Bannon said and seemingly bragged about how he was going to drive conservatives "crazy" with his "trillion-dollar infrastructure plan".

Bannon has been a lightning rod for criticism directed at Trump for appointing a white nationalist in the White House, a notion Bannon mocked, according to THR.

"These are not just words", said the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, adding that reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) "demonstrate that hate crimes have already increased dramatically since Election Day - including a swastika recently painted on the sidewalk in Crown Heights".

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