Breitbart News executive and new chief executive of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign Stephen Bannon has a history of helping conspiracy theorist and Trump ally Roger Stone smear Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her Islamic faith.
The Wall Street Journal reported August 17 that Republican nominee Donald Trump hired Bannon to be chief executive of his campaign. Media called the hire “insanity” that made “official” Trump’s relationship to Breitbart News, which embraced “extremist fringe” and “racist ideas” under Bannon.
During the July 5 edition of SirusXM’s Breitbart News Daily Bannon invited Stone to discuss “more breaking news” about Abedin. Stone used the platform to push conspiracy theories about Abedin’s ties to terrorism and her Islamic faith, claiming that it “is a fact” that Abedin is involved with a group that funded the 9/11 attack:
STEPHEN BANNON (HOST): You’ve got more breaking news on Huma Abedin. By the way, Roger, I still can’t figure out how she got the security clearance. Can you help me out here?
ROGER STONE: It’s very, very hard to understand because of her ties to the Muslim World League, and the league’s ties to extremism and to terrorism, to an organization, a trust, which funded the actual attack on America on 9/11 are inexorable. This is a fact; this isn’t fiction.
Previously, in a June 15 interview on Bannon’s program, Stone claimed that Abedin “is most likely a Saudi spy.” Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart News regularly provided Stone a platform to smear Abedin, despite the fact that other media personalities condemned his attacks on Abedin as a “McCarthy-Style witch hunt” and that GOP leaders defended Abedin against similar accusations in 2012.
Stone, a longtime friend and ally of Trump, has a history that includeds calling for the execution of public officials, giving racist commentary, making sexist remarks against media figures, and peddling conspiracy theories that suggest the JFK assassination and 9/11 terrorist attacks were carried out by United States leaders.