A 2011 interview with Donald Trump’s campaign CEO Steve Bannon has resurfaced this week ― and it’s not pretty.
In an interview with Political Vindication Radio, Bannon argued that conservative women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann cause “an existential threat to the progressive narrative.” Progressive women, he argued, vilify and attack outspoken conservative women who would maintain traditional conservative gender roles. He then proceeded to call these progressive women “a bunch of dykes”:
That’s why there are some unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement. 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, who took a break from his position as executive chairman of conservative website Breitbart News to work as Trump’s campaign CEO, was a controversial (though unsurprising) choice for Trump. Last year, Bloomberg Businessweek called him “the most dangerous political operative in America.” His ridiculous comments on immigration and history of domestic violence ― not to mention running a website that elevates the voices terrifying, alt-right ideologues ― don’t paint a particularly pretty picture of Bannon, either.
Trump has added several questionable characters to his campaign team: earlier this summer, he reportedly turned to now-ousted (and alleged serial sexual harasser) Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for debate prep, as well as Kellyanne Conway, who was brought on at the same time as Bannon, and who thinks that rape wouldn’t exist if only women were physically stronger.
Listen to Bannon’s rant below, and please join us in counting down the days until the Trump campaign ― and its terrifying embracing of the alt-right ― diminishes into the ether.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.