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    Stephen Bannon, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, attended Trump’s Hispanic advisory roundtable meeting in New York on Saturday.

LOS ANGELES » An ex-wife of Donald Trump’s new campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, said Bannon made anti-Semitic remarks when the two battled over sending their daughters to private school nearly a decade ago, according to court papers reviewed today by The Associated Press.

That revelation came a day after reports emerged that domestic violence charges were filed 20 years ago against Bannon following an altercation with his then-wife, Mary Louise Piccard.

In a sworn court declaration following their divorce, Piccard said her ex-husband had objected to sending their twin daughters to an elite Los Angeles academy because he “didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.”

“He said he doesn’t like Jews and that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiney brats,’” Piccard said in a 2007 court filing.

Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, took the helm of Trump’s campaign last week in yet another leadership shake-up. The campaign has been plagued by negative stories about staffers, including charges lodged against his former campaign manager following an altercation with a reporter, and questions about his former campaign chairman’s links with Russian interests.

Alexandra Preate, a spokeswoman for Bannon, denied Friday night that he made anti-Semitic remarks about the private school. “He never said that,” Preate said, adding that Bannon was proud to send his daughters to the school.

Trump has previously been criticized for invoking anti-Semitic stereotypes, including tweeting out an anti-Hillary Clinton image that included a Star of David atop a pile of money.

He also raised eyebrows when he spoke in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition and declared, “I’m a negotiator like you folks were negotiators.”

Clinton has tried in recent days to highlight Trump’s popularity with white nationalist and supremacist groups. She delivered a speech Thursday that linked him with the “alt-right” movement, which is often associated with efforts on the far right to preserve “white identity,” oppose multiculturalism and defend “Western values.”

Trump has pushed back, defending himself and his supporters, and labeling Clinton “a bigot” for supporting policies he argues have ravaged minority communities.

Trump has noted that his daughter, Ivanka, would soon be giving birth to another Jewish child. Ivanka Trump converted to Orthodox Judaism when she married Jared Kushner, a young real estate developer who has become a driving force in his father-in-law’s campaign.

The court filing was among several documents related to Bannon and Picard’s voluminous divorce case, filed in 1997, which was revisited several times as Piccard sought support for tuition and other expenses. The documents reviewed by the AP were part of a request for Bannon to pay $25,000 in legal fees and to cover the $64,000 in tuition it cost to send both girls to The Archer School for Girls for the 2007-08 school year.

Bannon’s remarks about Jews followed other comments that caught Piccard’s attention when they were visiting private schools in 2000.

At one school, she said, he asked the director why there were so many Hanukkah books in the library. At another school, he asked Piccard if it bothered her that the school used to be in a temple.

“I said, ‘No,’ and asked why he asked,” Piccard said. “He did not respond.”

Piccard said Bannon wanted the girls to attend a Catholic school.

In 2007, when the girls were accepted at Archer, he told Piccard he objected because of the number of Jews in attendance.

Piccard filed for divorce in January 1997, just over a year after she told police Bannon roughed her up on New Year’s Day 1996 following a spat over money, in which she spit on him.

A police report obtained by The Associated Press said he grabbed her wrist and “grabbed at” her neck. When she tried to call 911, she told police that Bannon grabbed the phone and threw it across the room. An officer who responded reported seeing red marks on her wrist and neck.

Bannon was charged in 1996 with misdemeanor witness intimidation, domestic violence with traumatic injury and battery, according to a Santa Monica, California, police report. The charges were dropped after his estranged wife didn’t show up at trial, according to court records.

Piccard said in her declaration that she skipped the trial after Bannon and his lawyer arranged for her to leave town. She said Bannon had told her the lawyer would make her look like the guilty party if she testified and the attorney told her she’d be broke if Bannon went to jail.

The Trump campaign declined to comment on the abuse charges. But Preate said police never interviewed Bannon. She added that Bannon has a great relationship with his ex-wife and kids.

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    • Bannon is a disgrace. He is disliked by most real Republicans for his dishonesty and his divisiveness. Trump is desperate and it shows. I hope he loses in a landslide as he needs to be reputed.

      • Hey, allie, Bannon is also registered to vote in two states, California and Florida. He supposedly lives in Orange County, but is also registered in Broward County, Florida, in a house that has been vacant for a while and about to be demolished. Yup, Trump was right. The fix is in and the fixer is Bannon. Response from Bannon and Trump – none.

      • An ex-spouse, or on their way to being ex, in bitter divorce cases are not exactly the most reliable sources of information about the other spouse.

        I think they need to do better than this.

        • ALLEGED behavior. The way your question is posed, you have convicted him of what was alleged. And no, it would not be ok if the alleged behavior actually occurred.

        • Ronin, You are correct, I think I have. Plenty of wrongdoers aren’t convicted, OJ for example. But, his wife had marks on her hands and her throat…so maybe he did do something. Let me ask this as well, if this guy were a democrat would you be singing the same tune? Last I checked Hillary hasn’t been convicted yet either, but you certainly seem to have done so.

        • Ronin, sorry I forgot. Thank you for taking a position on an alleged act. It was refreshing to hear.

  • WOW! They dug up dirt from 20 years ago! There’s a lot more recent stuff on Hillary and her campaign, but of course the biased media won’t publish that stuff. 🙁

        • Fair enough if that’s his position. I disagree, but that’s my position. It’s important to know, because it’s important to know about the people a leader is choosing to surround themselves with. Many of them make up the future cabinet, so yes, their actions are important.

    • It just shows that the Chumps inner circle is troubled. He is six weeks from the general election and is flip flopping like a fish on crystal meth. His campaign has just said that his immigration plan will be revealed in two weeks. That means that the electorate will have four weeks to digest that bul–hit. His excuse is that he is listening to the voters. Come on he goes to a town meeting with a couple hundred people and he decides to listen to them. He has no plan and says anything to get out of trouble for the time being. He lies on Friday knowing that he will called on it on Saturday but he doesn’t care. His biggest mistake was to put his life under public scrutiny when he decided to run for POTUS. If you have skeletons in your closet and yes everyone has but at that point you have given Americans an open season to hunt and seek out your true self.

      • keaukaha, good one. Heard there are no blacks at his rallies because the demand for white people to get in is so high, a remark made by his campaign people. Guess they’re putting the cheering white people in front. I find that offensive to the smart white people. Is it politically correct to say that?

    • Over 50% of all people make at times racial or antisemitic remarks. Most just in anger and they are not serious .
      More serious is: Minimum wage in Mexico: $5 a Day!!! Who would not want to invade us?
      That’s why we need a wall more than anything!

      • CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN CALLS FOR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE CLINTON CORRUPTION

        “The Department of Justice must appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate potential impropriety, pay-for-play, and corruption at the State Department under Secretary Hillary Clinton. For years, allegations have persisted that the Clinton Foundation has been used to enrich the Clinton family and to mask quid-pro-quo arrangements with corrupt foreign governments as philanthropic endeavors. Recently obtained emails confirm this suspicion.

        “In an email obtained by Judicial Watch, senior confidante to Secretary Clinton, Huma Abedin, promised access to the State Department and to then-Secretary of State to a Nigerian-Lebanese businessman, billionaire, and Clinton donor. This is one of many well-documented examples of special access being permitted to high-dollar donors to the Clinton Foundation. In other cases regulations were lifted, contracts secured, and meetings granted to foreign donors.

        “This is clear-cut evidence of pay-for-play taking place at the senior-most level in the Obama Administration, under Secretary Clinton’s direct oversight. The American people deserve to know if the integrity of the United States State Department was compromised by being intertwined with a corrupt foundation being masked as a charitable organization.

        “Due to the extreme circumstances involved, a special prosecutor must be appointed to investigate the true nature of the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department under Secretary Clinton. I’m grateful to Donald Trump for his dogged efforts to shed light on this and for continuing to fight for transparency for the American people.” – Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-4)

        • Sarge even you have to admit that you are getting very boring. Your candidate is losing big time and you, lespark, thos,moilee, blueeyeddevil, titagirl hang in there. Same old same old getting to point where the commentaries are like playing bingo with ninety somethings. My advice to you is when you get kicked in the n-ts take a deep breath and stay out of the fight unless the pain was worth it.

    • I think the most infamous case of spouse abuse was perpetrated by Hillary Clinton on Bill Clinton in the President’s residence at the White House the day the Monica Lewinsky affair was confirmed by the Special Prosecutor. They were both wearing sun glasses, perhaps to hide black eyes, when they exited the White House the next day to head off somewhere on Marine One helicopter, perhaps to Camp David where Hillary continued to beat the crab out of Bill without anyone hearing it. We may never know what happened.

  • Anything to take the spotlight off of Crooked Clinton’s transgressions. They’ll bring up the racial discrimination law suit from the early 70s. It was settled with no admission of wrongdoing.
    By the way.

    •White House Web page: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

    • Correct it was settled that way, but many domestic violence investigations end in the same manner. Let’s say this did happen, what then?

      And by the way, once again, you are deflecting away from the Trump group’s transgressions.

  • the AP and news media and the Dems. are getting worried, that’s why they bring up stuff that happened 20 or more years ago, so that people will forget about the Benghazi murders of American’s that Hillary is an accessory before and after the fact of those murders. this old stuff they bring up could backfire on the Dems.

  • Paul Manafort–political mercenary who works for the highest bidder, regardless what the political regime and how ruthless. Roger Ailes a documented serial sexual predator, word on the street is that they already paid out plus 20 million in past settlements. Cory, manhandling female journalists. Stephen Bannon…..smacks around his wife and is basically an ideological nut.

    Sounds like a dream team and a very accurate reflection of the candidate and his values.

    • Nice preview of Trump’s “extreme vetting” plan. Sounds like a good idea to non-thinkers. But people who think realize it’s just another catchy Trump slogan with zero substance.

      Anyone who observes his campaign team knows that Trump really sucks at vetting.

  • The end of the GOP. It’s near and perhaps this Bozoesque, misogynist, silver spoon, effete, polemic spewing ungodly orange tanned caricature of a man, will be the impetus for the GOP to reinvent itself…..one can only hope.

    Many Republicans think Donald Trump’s nomination is doing roughly the same thing to their party: destroying any chance for growth it once had and leaving the GOP to wither and die on Trump vineyard vines.

    “My general sense, looking at this election, is that what we’re witnessing here is the end of something much more than the beginning of something,” Yuval Levin, editor of the conservative policy journal National Affairs, told me recently.

    Moments of historical change in the course of a party’s life can be difficult to spot. In “Party Ideologies in America, 1828-1996,” political scientist John Gerring marks the beginning of the modern Republican Party as Herbert Hoover’s shifting campaign rhetoric in 1928 and 1932, when he talked more about the virtues of the American home and family than hard-tack economics. Hoover’s oratory about the progress of the individual being threatened by an overzealous government bureaucracy stuck around for the next eight decades, and the wisdom of generations has helped us discern that this was indeed the start of a new Republican era.

    The shock of 2016, though, is just how self-evident the inflection point at which the Republican Party finds itself is; Trump is a one-man crisis for the GOP. The party has been growing more conservative and less tolerant of deviations from doctrine over the past decades, so what does it mean that a man who has freely eschewed conservative orthodoxy on policy is now the Republicans’ standard-bearer?

    Many have assumed that adherence to a certain conservative purity was the engine of the GOP, and given the party’s demographic homogeneity, this made sense. But re-evaluating recent history in light of Trump, and looking a bit closer at this year’s numbers, something else seems to be the primary motivator of GOP voters, something closer to the neighborhood of cultural conservatism and racial and economic grievance rather than a passion for small government.

    The results of a FiveThirtyEight and SurveyMonkey poll conducted in June1
    found that one of the most indicative variables in determining Republican identification this year was agreement with the statement that the “number of immigrants who come to the United States each year” should “decrease.” Trump’s campaign kicked off with a speech last June that labeled Mexican immigrants as the dregs of society — “They’re bringing crime, they’re rapists,” he said — and has hammered on the immigration issue since, adding Muslims to the dragnet of groups deemed undesirable in the United States. The election has taken on a distinctly racial tinge, and in doing so, has clarified the motivations of voters somewhat.

    Trump’s strategy, while winning him the GOP nomination in the short term, has likely only served to compound the long-term demographic and ideological problems the Republican Party has long known it faces. Over the past few decades, the GOP has remained largely white, less educated and older while the numbers of minorities in the country soared, college attainment rose and the millennial generation came of age politically. Alienating the country’s growing ranks of minorities is unwise on the sheer face of the numbers, and bad reputations can stick around for years; like sports teams and baldness, our political beliefs are passed down through generations and familial connections.

    What’s more, the idea of an electorate motivated more by issues of cultural grievance than by the grand ideas of conservatism is a dispiriting notion to Republicans already frustrated by the party’s particular pattern of positioning itself as ever beholden to the past. To those Republicans, Reagan hagiography has stunted the GOP: “No one under the age of 51 today was old enough to vote for Reagan when he first ran for president,” the authors of the party’s 2012 election post-mortem, a reviled document in some corners of the party, wrote. “We sound increasingly out of touch.”

    Political parties strive to be something greater than the human beings they’re comprised of; they enshrine values and ideologies for the ages. The practical implications of this pursuit are often discussions of tax policy or judicial stances, but these debates are driven by what a certain group believes to be the best, most virtuous way to live life on earth. “The underlying unity of Whig-Republican ideology from Whiggism to Reaganisam,” Gerring writes, “can be found in three interrelated values — prosperity, social order and patriotism.” However one chooses to classify the moral and intellectual pillars of the Republican Party, among the questions that surround Trump’s nomination are how a party under his direction — or in the wake of his failed presidential bid — might grapple with conveying Republican values in modern America, how Trumpism fits into the trajectory of the Republican Party, and perhaps the most looming, encapsulating curiosity of all: Where will his rise take it?

    538

    • 5 Points On Trump’s Indictment Of Clinton As A Lying, Scheming Criminal

      In between “Lock her up!” chants from the crowd, Donald Trump ramped up his rhetoric at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday afternoon, painting Hillary Clinton as lying, corrupt, and running the State Department as a criminal enterprise.

      “Hillary Clinton’s actions constitute all of the elements of a major criminal enterprise,” he told the crowd.

      Trump has accused Clinton of criminality for weeks, in a series of unusually direct and unreserved attacks by a major party nominee. But Thursday’s speech was a more comprehensive indictment that linked five separate lines of attack: Clinton’s meeting with Clinton Foundation donors as secretary of state, her use of a private email server, her speeches to Wall Street, the Benghazi attack, and Trump’s claims that the November election is rigged

      Wall Street Speeches
      Trump began his indictment of Clinton by describing himself as self-funded and painting Clinton as in the pocket of Wall Street. He noted that Clinton was paid for speeches at Wall Street banks after she finished her tenure as secretary of state.

      “In this fight, we are taking on some very entrenched and well-financed interests. Money is pouring into her campaign,” Trump said, referring to Clinton. “These are the same people who pay Hillary $10,000 dollars a minute for a speech.”

      “These are the Wall Street firms who paid Hillary Clinton a quarter of a million dollars each time she delivered her secret remarks,” he added.

      The Clinton Foundation
      Over the past week, Trump has latched onto newly released emails showing that the foundation asked for Clinton to meet with prominent foundation donors while she was secretary of state. During his Thursday speech, Trump used his harshest rhetoric yet to describe the reports on Clinton’s meetings as secretary of state, called her a criminal.

      “The voters have always known that our leadership in Washington D.C. is corrupt, and that the system is very badly rigged,” he said in New Hampshire. “But this week the curtain was truly lifted. The corruption was revealed for all to see. The veil was pulled back on a vast criminal enterprise run out of the State Department by Hillary Clinton.”

      Trump said that Clinton Foundation donors “are people that want things for their donation.”

      He said that Clinton “ran the State Department like a personal hedge fund.”

      “It is hard to tell where the Clinton Foundation ends, and where the State Department begins,” he said. “Access and favors were sold for cash. It’s called Pay-For-Play.”

      Trump listed the entities he claims received favorable treatment from Clinton at the State Department:

      The examples are too many to name here in full, and I’ve gone over some in recent days. They include the deal to sell 20 percent of U.S. Uranium to Russia, or the favorable treatment for UBS. … It includes the exemption of Telecom Giant Ericsson from government sanctions. It includes efforts to put a Foundation donor – with no national security experience at all – onto a highly-sensitive national security panel with access to top secret information. It includes Foundation donors getting lucrative contracts in Haiti – all while the people of Haiti suffered horribly.
      Bill Clinton Profited
      Trump also claimed that Clinton used her position at the State Department to help her family financially. While alleging that Clinton did favors for foundation donors, Trump said that Clinton’s dealings at the State Department helped her husband.

      “Bill Clinton’s total speaking fees rose 44 percent while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State – often raking in money from people who had business or matters before the State Department,” Trump said.

      The Email Server
      The main narrative Trump has used throughout the campaign to attack Clinton as corrupt is Clinton’s decision to use a private email server while she worked for the State Department. The Republican nominee touched on this during his speech on Thursday.

      “She created a private illegal email server in order to hide her corrupt dealings. She did so knowing full well it would put American lives at risk by making classified information highly vulnerable to foreign hacking,” he said, adding that she deleted emails from the server to “cover up her crime.”

      He accused Clinton of deleting emails to hide the fact that she “sold her office to corporations and foreign governments.”

      Perjury!

      Trump also claimed that Clinton lied about her private email server to cover up her corruption.
      “As a further element of the criminal cover-up, she claimed under penalty of perjury that she turned over all of her work related emails. We now know this to be one more massive Clinton lie and deception,” he said on Thursday. “The FBI found thousands of work-related emails she failed to turn over, including the new discovery this week of 15,000 more work-related emails she did not disclose.”

  • The Borowitz Report: According to the campaign, Mike Pence had asked to stop at a McDonald’s in rural Virginia so that he could use the bathroom, but aides grew concerned when the governor failed to reappear after twenty minutes.

    He was seen sprinting in the opposite direction, they tackled him and he was forced to return to the Trump bus.

  • So, you want to know the truth about the bs that Trump has been feeding those either uneducated, unread or just plain ignorant quarters of America; America is safer now than it has been in the last 50’years. And that’s not platitude, that is informed and substantiated by data.

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    Let’s talk specifically about violent crime. Consider, in particular, the murder rate, arguably the most solid indicator for long-run comparisons because there’s no ambiguity about definitions. Homicides did shoot up between the early 1960s and the 1980s, and images of a future dystopia — think “Escape From New York” (1981) or Blade Runner (1982) — became a staple of popular culture. Conservative writers assured us that soaring crime was the inevitable result of a collapse in traditional values and that things would get even worse unless those values were restored.

    But then a funny thing happened: The murder rate began falling, and falling, and falling. By 2014 it was all the way back down to where it was half a century earlier. There was some rise in 2015, but so far, at least, it’s barely a blip in the long-run picture.

    Basically, American cities are as safe as they’ve ever been. Nobody is completely sure why crime has plunged, but the point is that the nightmare landscape of the Republican candidate’s rhetoric — call it Trump’s hellhole? — bears no resemblance to reality.

    And we’re not just talking about statistics here; we’re also talking about lived experience. Fear of crime hasn’t disappeared from American life — today’s New York is incredibly safe by historical standards, yet I still wouldn’t walk around some areas at 3 a.m. But fear clearly plays a much diminished role now in daily life.

    So what is all of this about? The same thing everything in the Trump campaign is about: race.

    I used scare quotes when talking about Mr. Trump’s racial “outreach” because it’s clear that the real purpose of his vaguely conciliatory rhetoric is not so much to attract nonwhite voters as it is to reassure squeamish whites that he isn’t as racist as he seems. But here’s the thing: Even when he is trying to sound racially inclusive, his imagery is permeated by an “alt-right” sensibility that fundamentally sees nonwhites as subhuman.

    Thus when he asks African-Americans, “What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump?” he betrays ignorance of the reality that most African-Americans work hard for a living and that there is a large black middle class. Oh, and 86 percent of nonelderly black adults have health insurance, up from 73 percent in 2010 thanks to Obamacare. Maybe they do have something to lose?

    But how was he supposed to know? In the mental world he and those he listens to inhabit, blacks and other nonwhites are by definition shiftless burdens on society.

    Which brings us back to the notion of America as a nightmarish dystopia. Taken literally, that’s nonsense. But today’s increasingly multiracial, multicultural society is a nightmare for people who want a white, Christian nation in which lesser breeds know their place. And those are the people Mr. Trump has brought out into the open.

    Indeed….

    • RIGGED: STATE DEPARTMENT HIDES CLINTON’S SCHEDULES

      What Is Hillary Clinton Hiding In Her Schedules?

      “After it was revealed that more than half of Hillary Clinton’s non-governmental meetings as Secretary of State were with Clinton Foundation donors, it is unacceptable that the State Department is now refusing to release her official schedule before the election in full. Voters deserve to know the truth before they cast their ballots, but once again the rigged system is rushing to protect Hillary Clinton. Instead of counting on her friends in the Obama Administration to shield her from accountability, Hillary Clinton should immediately demand that these public records be released before voting begins.” – Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor

      • Come on sarge you gotta do better than that. You are very disappointing. So much so that my new tag for you is corporal22. Congratulations you have just been demoted

        • Instead of focusing on the emails get the dummy to focus on issues and agenda. People want to know of his plans. Reality is he is a big zero.

  • You’ll see a lot more of this sort of trash. Hilliary is the most sullied candidate ever and needs all the help she can get to cover up her crimes against the American people. What Bannon did is nothing but an alleged remark he made to his estranged ex-wife. I mean come on is this Top News?

    • True, this is not big-headline news. Most everyone at some point in their lives will say or do something dumb. So one unwise remark in 20 years can be forgiven. But for political figures, it should definitely be mentioned.

      Hillary’s emails and doing foundation business while Secretary of State are dumb, careless things. But none are evil and corrupt. All that time and resources wasted on investigating her, and she’s not behind bars—because you can’t imprison people for being careless. Otherwise, Bannon, Manafort, Ailes, and other Trump associate—a few who actually have committed offenses—should be in jail. Trump should get a life sentence for all the ignorant/comedic things he says, correct?

      Again, talking about Jews 20 years ago not a big thing. But along with the controversies of the other Trump team members, it reveals major flaws in Trump’s hiring methods. Do you have any confidence in his “extreme vetting”? Why can’t he vet his own team?

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