Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former “chief strategist” and former Breitbart boss, has been photographed with Michael Brooks, a far-right activist who has referred to himself as “14 and 88” (an infamous white supremacist slogan that combines the racist “14 words” with a numerical code meaning “Heil Hitler”).
We exposed Brooks last year as a moderator in a secret Facebook group (run by a Breitbart writer) populated with Holocaust jokes, antisemitic conspiracies, nazi posts and sick comments aimed at Jo Cox.
Brooks was tagging along with Carl Benjamin (AKA Sargon of Akkad), a YouTuber and new UKIP member, who interviewed Bannon in Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, London in a video uploaded yesterday.
That Bannon was willing to sit down and film a video with Benjamin is also highly significant. Benjamin has a history of racism and misogyny. In 2016 after the British Member of Parliament Jess Phillips tweeted “People talking about raping me isn’t fun, but has become somewhat par for the course”, Benjamin replied stating “I wouldn’t even rape you, Jess Phillips”.
He has also been extremely racist on YouTube. In February 2018 while on video chat he said, “You are acting like a bunch of n***ers, just so you know. You act like white n***ers”, he then added, “Maybe you’re just acting like a n***ers, mate. Have you considered that? You think white people act like this? White people are meant to be polite and respectful to one another.” In the same rant he also said “don’t expect me to have a debate with one of your f***ots.”
Since losing favour with Trump, Bannon has been attempting to start a new “Movement” aimed at offering assistance to right-wing populist and far-right parties across Europe, although he has suffered a series of setbacks.
The comments of Brooks, screen capped below, speak for themselves: For more on Michael Brooks, click here.
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