Steve Bannon has left Breitbart News organization, where he built his reputation.
The move comes amid a furore over remarks Donald Trump’s former chief strategist reportedly made about the president’s son, Donald Jr.
Steve Bannon described a meeting Donald Trump Jr. held in New York with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential election campaign as “treasonous”.
He was one of Donald Trump’s most trusted – and controversial – aides.
However, Steve Bannon left his post last summer after reports of a power struggle among President Trump’s White House staff.
Steve Bannon’s subsequent attempt to take on the Republican establishment suffered a severe blow when Roy Moore, the Senate candidate he championed in a special election in Alabama, lost to a Democrat – the first time that party has won in the state in decades.
President Trump has recently taken to referring to Steve Bannon as “Sloppy Steve”, a derogatory reference to his former aide’s famously disheveled appearance.
Rebekah Mercer, a wealthy benefactor of Steve Bannon, said at the weekend she had ended her support for his political efforts.
On January 7, Steve Bannon insisted that his “treason” comments – quoted in an inside account of the Trump White House, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury – were not directed at Donald Trump’s son but at another former aide, Paul Manafort, who was also present at the meeting in Trump Tower.
The Senate, House of Representatives and a special counsel are all investigating alleged Russian interference in the presidential election, allegations denied by both Russia and President Trump.
Steve Bannon had served as executive chairman of Breitbart since 2012.
Breitbart issued a statement saying it and Steve Bannon would “work together on a smooth and orderly transition”.
The organization quoted Steve Bannon as saying: “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”
Larry Solov, the Breitbart chief executive, was quoted as saying: “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned as senior editor at Breitbart News and apologized after a coming under fire over comments that appeared to approve paedophilia.
The conservative writer said in a statement his “poor choice of words” was detracting from his colleagues’ work, so he was quitting immediately.
Milo Yiannopoulos, 32, had already lost a book deal and a speaking engagement over the row.
Videos surfaced of him discussing the merits of gay relationships between adults and boys.
However, Milo Yiannopoulos, the tech editor, denied he had endorsed child abuse and said one video had been edited to give a misleading impression.
At a press conference on February 21, he explained that he had been referring to his own experiences as a victim of child abuse.
He said that two men, including a priest, had touched him inappropriately when he was in his young teens.
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“I haven’t ever apologized before, and I don’t intend on ever doing it again,” he read to a room full of reporters.
“To be a victim of child abuse and at the same time be accused of being an apologist for child abuse is absurd.”
However, Milo Yiannopoulos’ mea culpa came too late to save him from being axed in the line-up at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland.
The CPAC said his response had been “insufficient”.
Publisher Simon & Schuster also cancelled Milo Yiannopoulos’ forthcoming book, Dangerous.
During his press conference the British writer claimed to have received interest from other publishers, and vowed to set aside 10% of the book’s profits to donate to charities that support victims of child abuse.
He appears to thrive on controversy and is accused by some of being a peddler of hate speech.
Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter after provoking online harassment of a black actress, Leslie Jones, from the Ghostbusters remake.
He has also been widely criticized for comments he has made about feminists, transgender people, Muslims and Black Lives Matter protesters.
The University of Berkeley in California earlier this month canceled a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos, following violent student protests.
Milo Yiannopoulos will no longer speak at a conservative conference and his book deal has been canceled after videos surfaced in which he appeared to approve paedophilia.
The footage showed the ultra-conservative writer discussing the merits of gay relationships between adults and boys as young as 13.
On Facebook, Milo Yiannopoulos denied ever endorsing paedophilia.
The writer said one video had been edited to give a misleading impression.
However, the American Conservative Union, which runs the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where President Donald Trump is due to speak on February 24, said the apology was not enough.
“We urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments,” Matt Schlapp said in a statement.
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Book publisher Simon & Schuster said it had canceled the publication of Milo Yiannopoulos’s book Dangerous, which was due out in June, after “careful consideration”.
In the footage, Milo Yiannopoulos – a passionate supporter of Donald Trump and an editor at right-wing website Breitbart – seems to suggest the determining factor for paedophilia is whether the younger partner has gone through puberty.
However, at another point in the video the writer says the US age of consent, which is 16 to 18 years old depending on location, is “about right”.
In his Facebook statement, Milo Yiannopoulos said: “I find those crimes to be absolutely disgusting. I find those people to be disgusting.”
Milo Yiannopoulos, who is openly gay, said he regretted using the word “boys” instead of young men while discussing gay relationships with large age gaps.
He blamed “sloppy editing” and “usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor” for creating the wrong impression.
He also claimed that he himself had been a victim of child abuse.
Milo Yiannopoulos is regularly associated with the alt-right, a disparate nationalistic group that is outspoken against so-called political correctness and feminism. It includes neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites.
He says he does not consider himself part of the alt-right, although he has called it “energizing and exciting”.
Milo Yiannopoulos revels in courting controversy, and has written columns titled “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” and “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?”
Earlier this month the University of California at Berkeley cancelled Milo Yiannopoulos’ speaking engagement there after violent protests broke out.
President Donald Trump – whom Milo Yiannopoulos refers to as “daddy” – threatened to cut the university’s federal funding in response.
The political row over President Barack Obama’s heritage was dramatically reignited today as a 1991 booklet boldly announced that he was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii”.
In the cover for a 1991 promotional booklet by Barack Obama’s then-publisher Acton & Dystel, he is as “the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, [who] was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii”.
The information, which could be used as more ammunition against the incumbent, comes months before what will likely be a close campaign between Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The 36-page promotional booklet was exclusively obtained by Breitbart, and was sent out to colleagues within the publishing industry in the early 1990s.
A later biography, which can still be found on Acton & Dystel’s archives, reads: “Barack Obama is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
“He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, <<Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance>>, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.”
The blue, teal, and silver booklet was printed in part to celebrate Acton & Dystel’s 15th anniversary, and also to display the breadth and depth of authors the imprint published.
Other authors featured include Ralph Nader, former Speaker of the House Thomas P. O’Neill, and pop group New Kids on the Block.
Miriam Goderich, who now works at partner company Dystel & Goderich, is listed as the pamphlet’s editor.
The political row over President Barack Obama’s heritage was dramatically reignited today as a 1991 booklet boldly announced that he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii
Acton spoke with Breitbart about the cover, saying that “almost nobody” wrote their own biography, though non-athletes were “probably” approached to confirm the veracity of it.
Barack Obama later left Acton & Dystel, submitting a book proposal to Simon & Schuster imprint Poseidon Press worth more than six figures.
The book, tentatively called Journeys In Black And White, was later abandoned for the autobiography Dreams From My Father.
A note from Breitbart’s senior management at the top of the article offers the following disclaimer: “It is evidence – not of the President’s foreign origin, but that Barack Obama’s public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times.”
President Barack Obama released his birth certificate to the public last April. He said during a press briefing at the time that he was “puzzled at the degree to which this thing just keeps going on”.
He said: “We’ve had every official in Hawaii, Democrat and Republican, every news outlet that has investigated this, confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii, August 4, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital.”
The president concluded his speech by acknowledging that some people – despite the evidence – would not let go of the issue.
“I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest,” he said.
“But I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press. We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.”
Though the White House was certainly hoping to silence the “birther” movement by releasing the president’s birth certificate, grumbles and murmurs have been commonplace since the April 27, 2011 release.
On May 12, Colorado Republican Congressman Mike Coffman brought up the issue at a fundraiser, saying: “I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America.
“I don’t know that. But I do know this – that in his heart, he’s not an American.
“He’s just not an American.”
According to 9 News, Mike Coffman was first met with silence, but after several moments, fundraiser attendees offered tentative applause.
However, the congressman issued an apology later in the week, writing: “I have confidence in President Obama’s citizenship and legitimacy as President of the United States.”
He further qualified his statement by saying: “I don’t believe the president shares my belief in American Exceptionalism. His policies reflect a philosophy that America is but one nation of many equals.
“As a Marine, I believe America is unique and based on a core set of principles that makes it superior to other nations.”
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