The Trumpening. It’s already begun.

The appointment of Breibart News’ Steve Bannon as President Trump’s chief strategist is not a good sign.

The late Andrew Breitbart, founder of Breitbart News, once called Bannon “the Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party movement.”

If that comment is confusing, let me make it clear. Andrew was paying Steve a great compliment. When you run the go-to site for the racist “alt-right”, being called Leni Riefenstahl is a feather in your cap. Or a cross, on your armband.

While Bannon has been cagey about saying what he really believes for anyone outside his inner circle to hear, he hasn’t been completely mum. His ex-wife knows a thing or two about him.

His ex-wife claimed in a sworn statement in 2007 that Bannon made three separate anti-Semitic remarks when they were choosing a school for their daughters. The ex-wife, who also accused Bannon of attacking her, made the statement during divorce proceedings.

In one instance, according to NBC News, Bannon asked a school director “why there were so many Hanukkah books in the library.” At another school, the ex-wife said, Bannon “asked me if it bothered me that the school used to be in a temple. I said no and asked why he asked … he did not respond.”

At a third school, The Archer School for Girls, Bannon “went on to say the biggest problem he had with Archer is the number of Jews that attend. He said that he doesn’t like Jews and that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiny brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.”

As with all things Trump, this is not necessarily a bad thing.

DUKE: …if this did happen, and I’m not saying it did, maybe that he didn’t want his children to be indoctrinated with the Jewish anti-goy, anti-white narrative their entire school life about how white people are guilty of all these crimes against Jews. They don’t talk about Jewish crimes.

That would be David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the KKK and well-known fan of the new president. And, did you know, Sen. Jeff Sessions is about to become our new Secretary of Defense?

But Sessions became only the second man in fifty years to not be recommended for confirmation. Two Republicans, including Arlen Specter, voted against him. His fellow senator from Alabama, Howell Heflin, also voted against him, citing, quote, “reasonable doubts” over Sessions’ ability to be “fair and impartial.”

The Alabaman’s god-given name is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. Nothing obvious to worry about there, of course.

In a highly unusual move, attorneys from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division also testified against him. Gerry Hebert told Congress that Sessions had called the NAACP and ACLU “Communist-inspired” and “un-American,” and labeled the white civil-rights lawyer Jim Blacksher “a disgrace to his race.” Thomas Figures, a black assistant US Attorney in Mobile, said that Sessions had repeatedly referred to him as “boy.” Figures said he heard from colleagues that Sessions “used to think [the KKK] were OK” until he learned that they were “pot smokers.” Sessions admitted to calling the VRA a “piece of intrusive legislation.”

It’s going to be a hell of an administration. Meanwhile, this was going on:

According to WSAZ, a message about the current first lady was shared thousands of times after it was posted on Facebook by Clay County Development Corporation Director Pamela Taylor.

“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House,” Taylor wrote. “I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels.”

Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling reportedly praised Taylor’s post, writing, “Just made my day Pam.”

And this happened:

Billings resident Josh Schleining reported [Larry] Heafner’s rant after stumbling upon a comment the coffee shop owner left on a video of a group of black men beating up a white man. “These f*cking monkeys would be hanging if I saw this sh*t,” Heafner wrote on the video, later adding “you don’t see white people do this sh*t.”…

“Before last week’s election, Heafner shared an image of Trump in the White House, with a caption that read, ‘If Trump wins the election, it’ll be the first time in history that a billionaire moves into public housing vacated by a black family.’

And this:

The Connecticut State Police confirmed that video of Ku Klux Klan garb at a Donald Trump election celebration was filmed in East Windsor.

Following the election, video began circulating on social media that showed people driving ATVs and partying around a fire. One person is seen wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat while another person wearing a hooded KKK costume waves a Trump campaign flag.

And this:

The man, a Trump supporter, reportedly started arguing with the group of women. The women then requested to move tables, but the Trump couple was moved to seating across the room.

Blake Drost, who works at the bar and spoke with staffers and customers who witnessed the assault told Gothamist, “This is a packed Saturday night—it’s not like we’re keeping tabs on everybody…

He continues, noting how after the couple left, “the guy runs back in, past four or five tables, and punches this woman square in the face, then runs out.”

And this:

In a video uploaded by the Ohio State Lantern, an anti-Trump protester was in the midst of speaking with other students from a staircase at the student center as he was brutally attacked from behind by a man shouting, “You idiot!”…

After blasting the speaker from behind, fights broke out as students pulled at each other in the dogpile that formed at the base of the stairs where the two men struggled with each other.

I should probably get used to this.

Less than a week since the 2016 presidential election and there have been nearly 200 reported instances of violence across the country, enacted by Trump supporters who have been emboldened by his victory…

I’m having a hard time imagining what the next four years are going to be like. I’m having a hard time imagining what the next week is going to be like….

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