“The thing about Breitbart and LGBT — and this was discussed — we don’t want to be mean to gays; we want to expose them when they’re being bullies,” said one Breitbart writer.
posted on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.
J. Lester Feder
BuzzFeed News Reporter
WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon isn’t out to promote a socially conservative agenda on homosexuality, say writers who worked for him at Breitbart — but he does have an interest in attacking LGBT-rights advocates as a way of attacking the left.
This makes him an uncertain player in fights over LGBT rights inside the White House.
Just last month, President Trump announced that he would preserve an Obama era executive order that bars federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people. Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Gary Cohn reportedly helped kill efforts to install religious freedom exemptions — the kind that social conservatives like Vice President Mike Pence have pursued in recent years. Bannon, an integral White House adviser and strategist, was absent from many of these stories.
If the reports are correct, Steve Bannon — a lead architect of White House policy — appears to have sat on the sidelines of this discussion. And that’s just where he’d want to be, speculated Thomas Williams, Breitbart’s editor in Rome.
“I don’t think (Bannon) has very strong views on the question at all … I mean gay rights broadly,” said Williams, one of the major social conservative voices on the site. “Probably pushed to it, he would probably say I think it’s gone too far, but he never pushes it, he never vocalizes it — it’s just not on the top ten list of things that he cares about.”