US president elect Donald Trump has alighted on Stephen Bannon, head of the far-right title Breitbart News, as his chief strategist and senior counselor in a clear statement of intent for the incoming administration.
Bannon will take his place in the team alongside Reince Priebus, formerly Republican National Committee chair, having been rewarded for his steadfast support during the campaign – which extended to blocking internal dissent and ordering reporters to ignore negative stories concerning the Trump campaign.
The controversial so-called ‘alt-right’ news platform has positioned itself as a vocal critic of liberal values, minorities and political correctness – carrying a series of inflammatory articles referring to ’Muslim rape culture’, ‘trannies’ and ‘faggots’.
Never shy from stirring controversy, the news site's editor Milo Yiannopolous was banned by Twitter for trolling Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones with targeted abuse.
Priebus, a relative moderate in comparison, has likewise been rewarded for his early support for Trump having actively worked to prevent anti-Trump Republicans from blocking his selection as party nominee.