Trump advisor takes issue with Silicon Valley's Asian CEOs

More than that, chief strategist Steve Bannon's claim isn't based on fact, either.

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Before President-elect Donald Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon was headed to the White House, he was running "platform for the alt-right" website Breitbart News. Aside from overseeing the publication of anti-Semitic and misogynistic articles, Bannon also hosted the site's Sirius XM radio show. A segment from November 5th, 2015 that featured an interview with Trump has resurfaced thanks to The Washington Post. Mostly, it covers stuff like campaign financing, but at around the 16:23 mark, talk goes to H-1B visas for skilled workers to help keep them in the country after graduating from college.

In response to Trump actually arguing that we need to keep some immigrants in the country, Bannon says, "When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think... A country is more than an economy. We're a civic society."

There aren't many other ways to interpret his comments other than that Bannon is hinting that foreign CEOs, Asian immigrants or a combination of both are a threat to "civic society." That baseless claim, coupled with the types of articles that Breitbart News publishes and past comments from Bannon himself, his intention becomes clearer yet.

"You got to remember, we're Breitbart," he said to Trump. "We're the know-nothing vulgarians. So we've always got to be to the right of you on this."

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