Violent, unhinged birds of a feather flock together, or something.
Dana Loesch called Donald Trump’s new campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon “One of the worst people on God’s green earth” for a reason. He has a reputation for being seriously unhinged, has referred to himself as a “Leninist” (and yeah, he meant that Lenin), and as POLITICO has reported, he may be a dirty wife-beater, too.
Stephen K. Bannon, the new CEO of the Donald Trump campaign, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness following an incident in early January 1996, though the case was ultimately dismissed, according to a police report and court documents.
The Santa Monica, Calif., police report says that Bannon’s then-wife claimed he pulled at her neck and wrist during an altercation over their finances, and an officer reported witnessing red marks on her neck and wrist to bolster her account. Bannon also reportedly smashed the phone when she tried to call the police.
Bannon pleaded “not guilty” in the case that followed. It was ultimately dropped because his ex-wife did not show up for court in the case.
As the case went, police responded to the Bannon home on January 1, 1996, due to a hang-up call they received. Upon arriving, they noted that Mrs. Bannon appeared “very upset.”
They’d only been married seven months at the time of the call. Geez, Bannon. So much for the honeymoon, eh?
There had been a history of physical altercations in their relationship, Bannon’s then-wife relayed. “In the beginning of their relationship, she said they [had] 3 or 4 argument that became physical and they had been going to counseling. There has not been any physical abuse in their arguments for about the past 4 years. [REDACTED] said they have been arguing a lot, but no violence,” the police report states.
It was a fight over a credit card. He had it. She wanted it.
Couples all over America have the same or similar arguments on a daily basis, but only the most dysfunctional let it devolve into something violent, where one of the parties is left with marks in various places on their body.
“She told him that maybe he should find another place to live, that she wanted a divorce. [REDACTED] said he laughed at her, and said he would never move out,” the report states.
Bannon had gone out to their car, followed by his then-wife, the report says. She then spat at him, and Bannon “reached up to her from the driver’s seat of his car and grabbed her left wrist. He pulled her down, as if he was trying to pull [her] into the car, over the door.”
“[REDACTED] said Mr. Bannon grabbed at neck, also pulling her into the car. She said that she started to fight back striking at his face so he would let go of her. After a short period of time she was able to get away from him,” the report states.
She shouldn’t have spat at him. That’s nasty, and what, exactly, is it supposed to accomplish?
That being said, he was already in the car. He could have just driven off and left her there to spray her sputum about the yard, instead, he manhandled her.
She apparently went in the house, once she managed to get away from him, and tried to call the police, only to have him come back in, jump over both she and their small twin daughters, in order to get the phone from her. He threw it across the room and left.
“[REDACTED] found the phone in several pieces and could not use it. She complained of soreness to her neck. I saw red marks on her left wrist and the right side of her neck. These were photographed,” the police report states, adding that the ex-wife declined an emergency protective order.
Bannon had three separate charges filed against him, one for battery.
The case went to court on August 12, 1996, but because they could not locate the wife, the case was dismissed. She filed for divorce five months later.
This wouldn’t be such a big deal, save for the fact that former Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski was charged with manhandling Breitbart reporter, Michelle Fields. Bannon was the CEO of Breitbart, at that time, and the manner in which he blew off Fields’ claims caused Fields to resign, along with several others who could no longer see themselves associated with Breitbart.
Then there are the claims of Trump, himself, savaging his own first wife, Ivanna Trump. She denies it, now, but at some point, she made claim of a violent case of spousal rape, only to recant later, after Trump’s lawyers raised objections.
Is this a coincidence or a pattern of accepted behavior?
We have yet to see the full horror of what having Bannon in as campaign CEO will bring. I can only imagine that at some point, Trump will seek to reclaim his place as the most awful person involved in the campaign.
Until that time, expect Bannon to show himself in one manner or another. Like Trump, we have no reason to believe he can control himself.