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Trump campaign CEO under scrutiny for comment about “dykes”

Stephen Bannon made the comment to explain his theory why progressives hate conservative women

Stephen Bannon, speaking at a rally on Capitol Hill - Photo via C-SPAN.

Stephen Bannon, speaking at a rally on Capitol Hill – Photo via C-SPAN.

Stephen Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News who now runs Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, has come under scrutiny for comments he made in 2011. Bannon used a derogatory slur for lesbians to attack progressives, BuzzFeed reports.

Appearing on Political Vindication Radio in 2011, Bannon was touting his movie, Fire From the Heartland: the Awakening of the Conservative Woman. He said that the progressive movement is threatened by the presence of conservative women in public life and that the Left tries to slander or vilify socially conservative women like Ann Coulter, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin.

“That’s why there are some unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement,” Bannon said. “That, in fact, the women that would lead this country would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children. They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England. That drives the left insane and that’s why they hate these women.”

Bannon also stated that the progressive movement is based on victimhood and minority groups’ grievances.

“The progressive narrative…is all about victimhood,” he said. “They’re either a victim of race. They’re a victim of their sexual preference. They’re a victim of gender. All about victimhood and the United States is the great oppressor, not the great liberator.”

In a statement, the Human Rights Campaign pointed out that Bannon has previously smeared transgender people during his time as head of Breitbart News. In an interview with the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios earlier this year, Bannon accused Target — which had adopted a pro-transgender bathroom policy for customers and employees — of “trying to exclude people who are decent, hard-working people who don’t want their four-year-old daughter to have to go into a bathroom with a guy with a beard in a dress.”

“Trump has stocked his inner circle with anti-equality activists who share his commitment to rolling back the rights and protections of LGBTQ Americans,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “His hiring decisions, including the selection of Mike Pence as his running mate, have left no doubt that Trump is the biggest threat the LGBTQ community has ever faced in a presidential election.”

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