Trump Endorsers and Influencers

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Influencers

Steve Bannon

Stephen Kevin Bannon is the Chief Strategist in the White House. [1] and is directing the most aggressive elements of Trump’s administration.[2][3] Bannon is the main author of the inauguration address delivered by Donald J. Trump including a portion of the speech that took a particularly negative view of the United States stating, “Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”[4] These negative views align with reporting during the campaign stating that Bannon held radical views about government leadership including statements saying that, "I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”[5]

There are also reports that Bannon, along with Stephen Miller, were the chief architects of the executive order that created a travel ban impacting people from 7 majority-Muslim countries.[6][7] The reporting also states that Bannon attempted to pressure Homeland Security Secretary Kelly not to create an exception for green card holders that was announced a few days after the initial executive order.[8] Restrictions on immigration are in accordance with nativist and white supremacist views of Steve Bannon.[9][10] The extreme Islamophobia of Bannon has been developing for over a decade, and was first apparent in public in a draft of a documentary style film he wrote in 2007 entitled "Destroying the Great Satan: The Rise of Islamic Fascism in America."[11] [12] Bannon also noted repeatedly on his radio show that "we're at war" with radical jihadis in places around the world and that this is "a global existential war" that likely will become "a major shooting war in the Middle East again."[13]

Prior to working for President Trump, Steve Bannon was the executive chairman of Breitbart news which, under his tenure, became "reliably and openly anti-women, anti-Semitic, anti-progress, anti-immigrant, and anti-nonwhites."[14] Last summer at the Republican National Convention, Bannon proudly told a reporter that Breitbart served as a "platform for the alt-right"[15]. The alt-right is a political ideology that supports white supremacy and male superiority (also known as patriarchy) and considers immigrants not to be real Americans (also known as nativist ideology).[16][17] The website is infamous for publishing articles titled “Gay Rights Have Made Us Dumber, It’s Time to Get Back in the Closet”, “Kids Raised By Same-Sex Couples Twice As Likely To Be Depressed, Fat Adults” or “Day Of Silence: How The LGBT Agenda Is Hijacking America’s Youth” [18]. A former writer affirmed that even if he did not believe that Bannon personally shared the beliefs of racist or anti-Semite he is "happy to pander to those people and make common cause with them in order to transform conservatism into European far-right nationalist populism"[19][20].As a result, Bannon's appointment to White House staff was met with a petition from the Southern Poverty Law Center.[21]

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller, age 30, is a Senior Advisor to the President for Policy, a position occupied by the President's most important advisors.[22] President Trump has been known to refer to Steve Bannon and Steve Millers as, "my two Steves."[23] Bannon and Miller represent extreme right-wing views that are anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, anti-woman, anti-people of color, anti-environment and anti-regulation.[24] The Inaugural Address in which Trump described the United States as standing at the brink of disaster was co-authored by Bannon and Miller.[25] They have written several Executive Orders, including the Muslim Ban, that reflect their anti-establishment views.[26] Steve Miller is one of many White House staffers who came directly from Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) office.[27]. Miller played a major role in crafting Session's successful scuttling of comprehensive immigration reform in 2013.[28] Stephan Miller worked for Representative Michele Bachman (R-MN 06), who is known for her extreme right wing views.[29]

Mike Pence

Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, was selected by Donald J. Trump to serve as his Vice-President. He has asserted that the rights of the American people come not from the constitution, but from God.[30] Pence is aggressively homophobic and anti-LGBTQ and has opposed laws requiring the protection of this group’s civil rights.[31] In 2015, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act [32] into law, which allowed private businesses in Indiana to discriminate against LGBTQ customers based on religious preferences. In 2010, Pence railed against the repeal of the U.S. Military's 'don't ask don't tell' policy, which prohibited gay and lesbian people from serving openly, falsely claiming that the repeal would turn the military into “a backdrop for social experimentation." [33] During his tenure as House Representative Pence voted twice to add an amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and while running for Congress in 2000 he advocated in favor of diverting funding allocated to HIV funding towards programs providing "assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior", a euphemism for conversion therapy[34].

He is also aggressively anti-woman and as Governor of Indiana signed some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, including one that prohibited women from terminating a pregnancy because of profound fetal illness or disability.[35] He supports the National Rifle Association’s pro-gun interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.[36] Mike Pence, like Donald Trump, is also anti-worker and has supported eliminating the minimum wage, diminishing the power of labor unions, and reducing the power of collective bargaining.[37] [38] [39]

Michael T. Flynn

Mike Flynn was appointed by President Trump to serve as his National Security Advisor.[40] He achieved a rank of Lt. General in the Army, before retiring after more than 30 years of service.[41] He served President Obama from 2012-2014 as his director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.[42] He was abruptly fired because of his extremist views on Islam and his disruptive management style.[43] Flynn, like Bannon and Miller, see Islam as posing a threat to the very existence of the United States, an existential threat more serious than the threat of all out nuclear war.[44][45] Like Bannon and Miller, Flynn believes we are already fighting a failing war against Imperial Islam, and to turn the tide of this war will require an all out focused effort on many fronts which are described in his book "The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies."[2016, St. Martin's Press, NY, NY.]

Mike Flynn's appointment caused alarm to many people in the national security community because of his conspiracy inspired views, such as his belief that the US is threatened by Sharia Law infiltrating schools and local governments.[46][47] Flynn believes that one element of this war is to use social media like Twitter and Facebook in psychological warfare, or psy-ops.[48]

Jared Kushner

Jared Corey Kushner is a senior adviser to President Trump and has been married to Trump's older daughter, Ivanka, since 2009. Jared Kushner, real estate developer and CEO of Kushner Companies [49], and owner of the paper The New York Observer, is the Senior Advisor to the President. [50] Kushner joins a White House staff that lacks experience in government.[51]As a Senior Advisor to the President Kushner has enormous influence over the entire Trump administration.[52] Kushner advises the President on Foreign Policy issues, for example the relationship between the US and Israel; Trump believes that Kushner is the only person capable of bringing peace to the Middle East.[ http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/can-jared-kusher-ivanka-trump-survive-the-white-house] He married the President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump in 2009, joining together two real estate empires. [53]By conservative estimates the Kushner family, Jared and his brother Josh and father Charles are worth $1.800,000,000.[54] It is unclear whether or not he has stepped down from either of these jobs now that he works in the White House.[55]Because he is the President’s son-in-law there is debate over whether or not his position violates laws against hiring relatives, known as anti-nepotism laws; he did receive clearance from the Department of Justice.[ https://therealdeal.com/2017/01/22/nepotism-shmepotism-kushner-cleared-to-work-as-trump-advisor/]

Rudy Guiliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani has flipped his stance on sanctuary cities. He was recorded as supporting them as of 2001.[56]

White Supremacists

The Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan makes it official, endorses Donald Trump saying 'Make America Great Again’ Tuesday Nov 01, 2016
  • David Duke

Business Associates

Media

  • Roger Ailes
  • Sean Hannity
  • “The O’Reilly Factor” with Bill O’Reilly
  • Ann Coulter
  • Milos Yiannopolous
  • Breitbart

Breitbart editor, Ken Klukowski, who has worked for several anti-equality groups such as the Family Research Council[57]. Klukowski has written articles against the “homosexual and transgender agenda”[58] and co- authored an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging it to deny the expansion of Title IX protections to include gender identity[59]

Wealthy Elite

  • Peter Theil

Religious Leaders and Organizations

  • Jerry Falwell, Jr

Think Tank/Organizations

  • Heritage Foundation - An American conservative think tank who advocates for a limited federal government and eliminating federal programs.
Heritage Foundation Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for 2017
  • National Rifle Association
  • Federalist Society

Endorsers

Reince Preibus

Others

  • Franklin Graham is the son of Billy Graham. He is president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is also one of America’s more prolific anti-Muslim bigots, and his inclusion in Friday’s ceremony has saddened, but not necessarily surprised, American Muslim groups.

“[Trump] ran a campaign riddled with Islamophobia, so it’s no surprise that the person he brings in at inauguration is the pastor with the longest track record of anti-Islam bigotry in the U.S.” said Imraan Siddiqi, executive director at the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. A month after the 9/11 terror attacks, Graham, speaking at the dedication of a new chapel, told an audience that Islam “is a very evil and wicked religion.” Pressed to clarify his comments by NBC, Graham said, “It wasn’t Methodists flying into those buildings, it wasn’t Lutherans. It was an attack on this country by people of the Islamic faith.” In 2014, when asked by Christian Today if his views on Islam had changed since those 2001 remarks, Graham said “I have not changed my opinion at all.” [60]

  • Sebastian Gorka
  • Dan Coats
  • Michael Anton
  • Roger Stone: One of his frequent guests on his radio show, "Breitbart News Daily" was Roger Stone who warned listeners that the US was going to witness a future "where hordes of Islamic madmen are raping, killing, pillaging, defecating in public fountains, harassing private citizens, elderly people—that's what's coming."[61]
  • Council for National Policy (CNP)
  • Family Research Council
  • Jeremiah Johnson
  • Paula White
  • Focus on the Family
  • Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah are among the most influential people in Trump's inner circle. Robert Mercer made his fortune as co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies, one of the most profitable hedge funds in history.
  • Tucker Carlson (born May 16, 1969). Founded “The Daily Caller” website. On January 5, 2017 Fox announced that he was moving up to take of over the formers time slot of Megyn Kelly. His father, Richard Warner Carlson was a LA news anchor and “cocktail” ambassador to the Seychelles. He began his career as a an anchor on CNN and moved on to serving as conservative commentator. While he was on CNN he also appeared on Crossfire. After the 2004 election and a controversial on and off air conversation with Jon Stewart, CNN cancelled his contract and he moved to MSNBC, where it lasted two full seasons and was abruptly cancelled in March of 2008. In May 2009 Carlson joined Fox and later getting his own show “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” In 2010, along with Dick Cheney aide Neil Patel, launched a conservative news website, “The Daily Caller.” [62]
  • Drudge Report
  • Fox News continues to be the main source of news for Trump. His has an established pattern of tweeting on issues that he sees on Fox.
  • Rupert Murdoch
  • Erik Prince

Erik Prince is serving as an advisor to the Trump administration on security issues. Prince family money came from their father’s company Prince Machine Corporation which sold for $1.35 billion. He founded Blackwater Worldwide in 1997. Be bought 6,000 acres in North Carolina where he set up a school for special ops. Between 1997 to 2010 the US government awarded Blackwater $2 billion in contracts, some on classified work. In 2007 Blackwater contractors opened fire in a crowded market in Baghdad killing 17 and injuring 20. He resigned from Blackwater in 2009 and sold it in 2010. [63] In 2016 he was under investigation by the DOJ for brokering private military deals over seas, money laundering in China for his business in Libya. In 2014 he set up Frontier Services Group, a Hong Kong based financial firm with ties to the Communist Party of China. He has also been accused of rebuilding his private special operations business in Libya and countries in Africa. [https://theintercept.com/2016

Donors

$ Trump Campaign, over 1,000,000 and above.

https://www.opensecrets.org/pres16/contributors?id=N00023864

  • Renaissance Technologies
  • McMahon Ventures
  • GH Palmer Assoc
  • Mountiare Corp
  • Houston Texans
  • Bernard Marcus Family Foundation
  • Cerberus Capital Management
  • Electroimpact Inc

Buckley Muething Capital Management

Clarium Capital

PACs

  • Donald J. Trump for President
  • Great America
  • Rebuilding America Now
  • Make America Number 1
  • Make America Great Again