In another blow to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, news broke on Thursday night that the Republican nominee’s newly minted campaign CEO and Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon was previously charged with domestic violence in a 1996 incident with his wife.
According to Politico, who first reported the story, Bannon physically injured his wife when they were arguing about their finances.
The report via Politico:
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.
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 arguments 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.
According to the police report, on New Year’s morning 1996, Bannon’s then-wife asked for a credit card to go shopping, and they argued over whether she should just write a check. This quickly turned into a bigger argument about the couple’s finances and future.
“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.
Trump supporters constantly say that voters shouldn’t worry about their candidate’s erratic behavior or lack of knowledge on some of the most important issues facing the country because he will surround himself with level-headed and competent people.
Trump himself claims that he will “hire the best people” if he’s elected president.
But throughout this campaign, he has consistently shown that the people he does hire are anything but the “best.”
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was seen on tape assaulting a reporter and roughing up a protester at a campaign event. He eventually left the campaign.
Paul Manafort, who also spent time running the Trump show, had to resign in disgrace after news broke of his secret pro-Russia connections.
Trump advisor Al Baldasaro called for Hillary Clinton to be killed, and Trump responded by calling him a “very fine person.”
Now, it turns out that the new CEO of Trump’s campaign has a history of domestic violence.
Presidential campaigns are opportunities for wannabe presidents to show the American public that they can competently lead a large organization. After all, if they can’t properly manage a campaign and make smart decisions about its staffing, how can they be trusted to run the country?
Through his poor campaign management and inability to assemble a strong team, Donald Trump has clearly blown this opportunity.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.