Friday night brought more revelations about Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, his divorces, and his sordid past with women. It appears there are court documents and more linking Bannon up with some terribly anti-Semitic sentiments.
Rachel Maddow reported on the latest charges, which include anti-Semitic remarks made about the school where Bannon's ex-wife wanted to send their children, and more details about the domestic violence case against Bannon from 1997.
One of the real shockers (or maybe not) in her report was the sworn statement by his ex-wife that Bannon did not want their children going to an exclusive private school because of "the number of Jews that attend. He doesn't like Jews and he didn't like the way they raise their kids to be whiney brats and he doesn't want the girl going to school with Jews," Maddow reported.
She went on to question whether or not Trump and his campaign had "vetted" Bannon. I seriously doubt they need to vet a guy whose views mirror Trump and his supporters so closely, do you?
Bannon's not going anywhere, no matter how much the Beltway pundits mutter about it.
Portions of the transcript below:
Prosecutors did file charges against Steve Bannon at the time. They charged him with domestic violence and battery, and seeking to prevent a crime victim or a witness from reporting that crime to authorities.
That ends up being important. Steve Bannon was arraigned on March 12, 1996, He pled not guilty to all charges. But his wife at the time claimed in court documents that Steve Bannon and his lawyer threatened her, threatened repercussions against her and her kids if she showed up to testify against him on those charges.
When his court date came up, sure enough, Mr. Bannon's wife did not show up. Prosecutors said they couldn't locate their key witness and without her there to testify, they said they had no choice but to drop all charges.
Now, late tonight, NBC News has obtained further documentation related to the case and specifically to the divorce that happened right after the case went to court and the charges were dropped. again, This is just in.
So i'm just going to quote to you directly from NBC's late night reporting tonight. quote, we have obtained portions of the large divorce case between Steve Bannon and his ex-wife. Even though it was initiated in 1997, the couple was still fighting over everything from doctors to their daughter's schooling to spousal support.
He objected to his daughter attending a prestigious prep school because of, quote, the number of Jews that attend. He doesn't like Jews and he didn't like the way they raise their kids to be whiney brats and he doesn't want the girl going to school with Jews.
This is from court documents reported tonight by NBC News. Steve Bannon is now running Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Mr. Bannon is not responding directly to requests for comments. although his spokesperson told reporters that he has a great relationship with his ex-wife.
For its part, the Trump campaign has also not had any comment on the revelation of these charges. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told ABC News today that she does not know if Donald Trump knew about his domestic violence arrest when he hired Steve Bannon last week.
We don't yet have a statement from Kellyanne Conway or from anyone about the new, alleged complaints from Stephen Bannon about Jews and not wanting his daughter to go to school with Jews.
For his part, Donald Trump himself has not said anything about any of this at all.
What was the hiring process to get this guy on board? Did they do a background check? Were there other people in the running? Think they're going to keep him on?
Good God, what a week.