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11.16.2016

Trump's chief strategist has a problem with Asian immigration

Steve Bannon thinks there are too many Asian executives in Silicon Valley, cites fake stats to back it up.



So by now you've heard that Donald Trump has appointed Steve Bannon, professional white nationalist asshole, as his new chief strategist. If you know anything about the guy, it should come as no surprise that he believes, among many other shitty things, that there are way too many Asian tech execs in Silicon Valley.

Steve Bannon Suggests There Are Too Many Asian CEOs In Silicon Valley

The now-President-elect has famously and exhaustively promised to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico to keep people out, but has said that immigrants educated at elite universities can stay. But in remarks that have recently resurfaced from about a year ago, when Trump was a guest on the Breitbart News Daily radio show, Bannon intimated that he wouldn't stop with the foreign Ivy Leaguers.

During an exchange about immigration, Trump explained that he wanted to "keep our talented people in this country." But Bannon, executive chairman of the alt-right hub Breitbart News and purveyor of white supremacy and other shitty ideology, expressed dismay at the number of tech execs who are immigrants from Asia.

The Washington Post highlighted the exchange from last November, in which Trump said he was concerned that foreign students attending Ivy League schools have to return home because of U.S. immigration laws:

"We have to be careful of that, Steve. You know, we have to keep our talented people in this country," Trump said. He paused. Bannon said, "Um."

"I think you agree with that," Trump said. "Do you agree with that?"

Bannon was hesitant.

"When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think..." Bannon said, not finishing the sentence. "A country is more than an economy. We"re a civic society."

The fuck does that even mean? Let us first point out that Bannon is flat-out wrong. A study published in May 2015 found that while 27 percent of professionals working in Silicon Valley are Asian or Asian American, less than one-fifth are managers, and under 14 percent are executives. The "two-thirds or three-quarters" figure Bannon is citing was apparently pulled out of his butt.

This isn't even close to the worst of what this guy has peddled. His body of work has been a vomitous mouthpiece for racist, xenophobic, misogynist, anti-Semitic white nationalist expression. Did I mention that this guy was just appointed to a senior leadership role in Trump's incoming administration?

More here: Shocker: Trump's new white nationalist aide has some racist thoughts about Asians

And here's that petition you were looking for: Stephen Bannon Has No Business In The White House