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Fed Up With Facebook and Twitter, Some Conservatives Turn to Parler
"In recent months. In years we've seen mainstream social media. Companies like facebook and twitter. Step up their efforts to moderate content on their platforms in some prominent conservatives have said many of those measures unfairly target them and censor their viewpoints on the internet. They've increasingly responded by telling their followers to join them. On another social media platform it's called parlor and its billing itself. As a sort of libertarian. Alternative to twitter or puerto jeff horwitz has been looking into parlor and he joins me now to talk more about it. Jeff things being here certainly alright so for the folks who have been leaving book twitter. Can you just remind us what are their concerns with those platforms. Don't like content moderation very much or at least the way that the platforms are doing it. We should say and this kind of all boiled over the with the election the idea that the platforms would be one fact checking claims about voter fraud. That didn't really pan out but it'd be fact checking them at all and to be labeling the president's own speech and in some cases even restricting the spread of it really got people riled up and so many of them have been turning to parlor instead. It's sort of billing itself as this libertarian version of twitter but what exactly does parlor differently. That sort of appeals to these groups so the first thing it does is it does not moderate content except in very rare circumstances. The team does volunteers right now. So you know whether it even does it under. Those circumstances is kind of tb. Rules are no threatening to kill people and no committing illegal acts by means of the platform. Those two things are out aside from that. You wanna share nude sell fees by all means you want to use ethnic slurs. Go right ahead and this is intentional. Design the back of the hat form. It was launched with the expectation that there would be sort of this radical liberty approach and that even hateful speech would be tolerated and the thing that is sort of really different as well is that the platform doesn't push content at all so facebook and twitter and youtube. They all operate by recommending the best content when we think about things going viral it's usually because the platforms recognized that users responding in such a way that it was gonna meant the content was going to have great interest and then pushed it out to a whole bunch of people. This plant doesn't do that at all so you follow you. Follow you see their posts in reverse chronological order. And that's that so if the platform doesn't determine what people see what is doing that so on parlor. The interesting thing is that they've basically left all of this up to users. It is a user's responsibility to label sensitive about would be pornographic or extremely violent or hate-filled content if they post it and it is also used responsibility to use filters to determine whether they're going to see that so instead of trying to make sure that you know bad stuff doesn't go around the platform which is what the mainstream platforms tend to do what parlour is trying to do is making it so that you don't have to see it if you don't wish to and you giving users more control on that level so again it's just based on putting decisions that have typically been done on the platform level pushing it down to the user level and you mentioned the backers of parliament. Who's behind this. So rebecca mercer is the funder that got it off the ground. I mean everyone involved. Is i think has some very solid libertarian credentials executives with sort of ayn rand ian objectivism credentials or you know sort of bitcoin. Devotees rebecca mercer is the sign of robert mercer. Who is extremely wealthy hedge fund manager. Who has both funded. A whole bunch of very libertarian slash right meaning causes and also was involved with the cambridge analytica situation back in two thousand sixteen so he was funded dot company. Which was we all know. Got into a great deal of mass. Based on their somewhat dodgy business practices and as well obtaining of facebook data in ways that were blessed than orthodox. Got an end. Just how popular is this. Gambit of their how popular is parlor so parlour has gone from around four and a half million users before the election to well over ten men had been around for over two years at this point so they were really actually very slam trying to keep up with the traffic and it certainly didn't hurt that. You had some very high profile folks. Dan bongino the facebooks. Most popular radio hosts very right leaning. Talk show type actually. Owns a stake in the thing and has been pumping this on facebook as well based on the idea that people are irritated about facebook. Showdown groups and You know the stop. The steel effort that they sort of crackdown on and so it's kind of been on the platform itself. It's been getting pushed pretty hard. And that's been a big part of their growth. And i guess the question is does this platform present a competitive threat to the mainstream social media companies. Like could it actually compete with facebook and twitter too early to say. I think that there is a lot of skepticism. I mean people always say they don't want you know anyone else telling them what to thank telling them what to read or recommending content or censoring that they say that however the the history of the mainstream platforms basically was of people who had roughly those ideas themselves who were very much first amendment devotees even though they ran private platforms in the first amendment. Doesn't really apply in the full sense. They really wanted to keep it open for everybody and the problem is is that life gets in the way a and really vile stuff makes other users feel uncomfortable crimes get committed. There's kind of a reason why these platforms have cracked down over time. So i think it's sort of to be determined whether people who are leaving facebook and twitter because of their concerns that conservative viewpoints aren't going to be are being treated fairly are going to like being on a platform where like nude sell. Fees are totally cool. Are a wall street journal. Reporter jeff horowitz. Things reporting thank you.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"That's the funny thing about revolutions brian sometimes the revolutionaries end up in exile and that's exactly what's happening to steve bannon at this moment it's difficult to see where his constituency is without the backing of the president he's been not only cut off from the president his political allies in the republican party but his financial backers in the mercer's i don't know how you build a movement if you don't have political capital and financial capital and that's what bannon lacks at this moment so who got to him where it is a statement like that come from that walked back something about done junior is it because his funding was threatened do you think i think it's a few things brian i think of his job is in danger he could be forced out as chairman of breitbart rebecca mercer his one time financial patron is making a very aggressive move to get rid of him on the board of breitbart so you have that you also have the fact as ben and tries to build what he hopes will one day be an apparatus that supplants the modern republican party he lacked credibility he didn't have the not just financial backing but political backing of the people who are most important to him and that that's a people in and around the white house and the president himself so looking if he's been truly honest with himself bannon looking at the situation had to see just how dire this was and how isolated he was final question are you ever truly out done with trump world or do you join so many of our colleagues in the business who are saying he'll he'll be back in he'll be back on the president's autodial just give both parties time to come down.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on KOMO
"I i would not agree with that conventional with them i think you know ban it is one of these people who never stops he has an incredible dr he doesn't sleep he believes very strongly in in what he's doing and i think that he is going to tinu you with this crusade look you know trump is now you know there two people basically you have a national name among the conservative base the populace and the people who put trumpet tool into office donald trump and steve bannon certainly trump is preeminent among the two but you know if if trump begins to listen to a lot of the establishment republicans were in the white house who he was supposed to supplant the same people on capitol hill bannon will be there to hold him to account bannon's popularity could rise trump's could fall with the base and bannon is going to keep pushing he's going to keep looking for money to fund his his activities and i think he is going to be back in the game probably probably very soon after after what's happened although of course his principal benefactors billionaires uh robert mercer and his daughter rebecca mercer are actively distancing themselves from steve bannon and that dosage they are the owners of breitbart does that mean that the you might actually see bannon fired from breitbart i think it's a possibility but i don't think that it's likely um you know in of course that's bannon's chief tool to speak to the base i think you know they have a problem getting rid of him in that he is the.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on KOIL
"Certainly is not your view now it's not i i would not agree with their conventional with them i think you know ban it is one of these people who never stops he has an incredible dr he doesn't sleep a he believes very strongly in in what he's doing and i think that he is going to you continue with this crusade look we you know trump is now you know there two people basically who have a national name among the conservative base the populace and the people who put trump a dual into office donald trump and steve bannon certainly trump is preeminent among the two but you know if if trump begins to listen to a lot of the establishment republicans were in the white house who he was supposed to supplant are the same people on capitol hill bannon will be there to hold him to account bannon's popularity could rise trump's could fall with the base and bannon is going to keep pushing he's going to keep looking for money to fund his his activities and i think he is going to be back in the game probably probably very soon after after what's happened although of course his principal benefactors billionaires uh robert mercer and his daughter rebecca mercer are actively distancing themselves from of steve bannon and that since they are the owners of breitbart does that mean that the you might actually see bannon fired from breitbart i think it's a possibility but i don't think that it's likely um you know in of course that's bannon's chief tool to speak to the base i think you know they have a problem getting rid of him in that he is the.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on The Young Turks
"But it was very simplistic and of course lions twitter bay confusing lie intends rangel could hillary lying ted really mr there's a literal asian there's a little bit of cleverness just this message you will by the way sloppy steve comes just days after we learned that trump throws his sheets on the floor leaves as close on the floor and as a want the housekeepers to pick them up he's calling bannon sloppy i don't know this story i will i read your excerpts of fire and fear it is the president of the united states leaves his clothes on the floor and upgraded one of the housekeepers according to michael wolff for picking his things up he also made sure the did he is the one who pulls up his own sheets when it's time to change the sheets is one able to else touching his sheets now you know what that is that isn't about being slobby i hadn't heard that either i he's paranoid like they go course something closer going for something in his sheets he's such a strange dude the sloppy comes in when he he's eating the burger and best deal there's that too watching buried tvs and having burgers sloppy an guy the i wouldn't have bad but ohio aimed at all it is wrong incredibly minor let's go back to the main of all right so i want to really honing in on the the main thesis about tweet which is banned in losing funding now we were all excited because it did seem as though rebecca mercer was about to pull her support from by breitbart but that does not appear to be the case she is pulling her support specifically from steve bannon breitbart might still get funded by the mercer's so here is a statement from rebecca mercer in regard to steve bannon specifically i support president trump and the platform upon which he was elected my family and i have not communicated with steve bannon and many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda nor do we support his recent actions and statements and according to a recent reporting mercer and her family have not withdrawn their financial support from breitbart members of the board though including mercer herself have met recently to discuss whether or not to remove.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on Trumpcast
"I should say pretty expected news who i will we reported at the daily beast r y yesterday was that um shortly before rebecca mercer is a statement that pretty much knifed bannon and uh publicly announced a severing of ties appeared in the washington post uh she got on the phone with uh president donald trump and they discussed of course what appeared in michael wachs book steve bannon their new eupol displeasure at it and she reaffirmed her pledge of loyalty and fealty to the president and that was that and then she made sure to make it public on the record that she disapproved would ben and was doing and that i'm still all in and so is my family are still all in for for making america great again in president donald trump and the mercer family as i shor love your listeners know are like a high rolling republican mega donors and are obviously they're very influential with her pocketbook in conservative politics and on the thing about the mercer's and particularly rebecca mercer's relationship with bannon and why this is significant that they're severing ties is because plenty of bannon's projects have been bankrolled under written or largely funded uh by mercer money and also rebecca mercer has been kind of like his professional and in a way personal loss sister even in a lot of ways uh they they go they go back years and as we reported i think a year ago at the daily beast when uh just just to give you an example of how closely or wouldn't bannon tried and failed to set up breitbart india back in two thousand fifteen as in like breitbart but a bureau basti in uh some wherever in india a rebecca m mercer was literally at his side interviewing potential candidates to do so.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on WWL
"Is boosting his bottom line not only is he helping me sell books but he's healthy me prove the point of the book i mean this is extraordinary that a president of the united states would try to stop the publication of a book cbs news correspondent stephen portnoy says as mr trump's former advisor steve bannon's job at breitbart news may be in jeopardy because of the book as a leader on the right it seems the breitbart news chairman star is fading fast in a tweet the president now calls him the leaker known as sloppy steve bannon at a top investor and breitbart billionaire rebecca mercer has announced she's cutting banded off in the new book fire and fury bannon is quoted extensively making fun of the president's intellect and lambasting his family members mr trump tweets the book is full of lies cbs news update i'm sam litzinger president trump will host top congressional republicans cabinet secretaries and top aides at camp david this weekend to discuss the new year's legislative priorities the white house says the group will discuss a range of topics including infrastructure immigration the budget welfare reform in the midterm elections thieves are targeting hurricane harvey victims homes in houston area here's reporter kelly we see people try to rebuild their homes these are scaling construction tools and big appliance says refrigerator joe wore her drier people replacing harris came increasing five constable ted heat is stepping up patrols and has a message for thieves 300 going to be a lot cheaper to go buy your stuff who do we get older interkorean a lot more for this type of general kelly wheeze spor cbs news dallas here's today's wall street report i'm bruce veil with wwl first business news brought.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on WJNT 1180 AM
"Has got this point of view at breitbart that many people think help that or the help breitbart sustain itself after andrew was suddenly passed away if he's got that much street smarts we were the smarts here where the survival instinct tear you've lost your access to the white house you've disparaged the guy that hires you what does that say about a judgment and then you are left with what you also lost rebecca mercer who is a major financier who pushed you forward on president trump in august of 2016 i don't know exactly what the timing was split it seems to me that bannon having created the bockel in alabama and pushing roy more and slandering the entire republican party and dragging everybody down and failing added ultimately was so traumatized that he was on his way out of of centrestage that he thrashed and recklessly tried his best to tarnish someone who had been his biggest ally i don't know that the tommy on it as i said but i have never in my entire life and i've been with a million people and a million secrets i've never ever been betrayed nor obviously anyone i know would betray someone in the to the extent i i don't blame michael wolff at all michael four he's a schmoozer he's got a a here michael wolff said this is his method he said when asked did he what did he do to get this story in to get this access here's what he said on the today show cut nine a former editor at vanity fair great carter said he wasn't surprised written explosive volcanoes surprised that election in the door at the white house i knew surprised you know i know i'm a nice guy joe in the declare your way in i certainly said what was ever necessary to get the story i totally believe that.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"Two four one one one one were good at gillette d dot com a little bit more about this guy mentioned before i steve bannon its primary backing breitbart primary backing the most serious funded so much through the years of four for breitbart and for steve bannon by the way that was a secret at one point it was not in people there were speculation that the mercer's were involved with breitbart eventually um that came out in public that was confirmed and uh and now you're seeing them backing away publicly here's the here's the statement from rebecca mercer um the quote i support president trump in the platform upon which he was elected my family and i have not communicate with steve bannon in many months and have provided no financial support his political agenda nor do we support his recent actions and statements some they were upset impart over the alabama must suffer with more on that was that was that's been reported um also uh they there's some reports in the new york times that their split from him has been so complete they say unquote so bitter that they actually cut off funding for bannon's private security detail which they have been funding they've been funding a security detail for the guy uh as well they're also um financial backers they have been in the past of milo yannopoulos but i think they also cut off cut that off in the wake of some of his own scandals yeah a it's interesting to see that a in this again begs the question what happens to breitbart what happens to steve bannon i th i can't imagine that breitbart it's going to continue with steve bannon i just can't imagine that why don't know how you plough ahead sort of as as a website ford quote unquote deplorables uh when you have a situation where you know.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"We support his recent actions and statements there are also questions david about whether or not breitbart is going to maintain its relationship with steve bannon uh the owners or debating potentially ousting him losing rebecca mercer and robert mercer what does that say about the status quo in washington for all this big game talk about changing things and getting rid of the swamp and shaking the power away from the money to lead the the folks that have always run washington i mean we operate mercer and rebecca mercer are exactly that and right now they're they're flexing their muscle sure and look trump's always peddled false narratives to his base that turn out not to be true but for conservatives and republicans tonight trying to choose between donald trump and steve bannon it's a full choice they're both crazy they're both unfit for leadership they're both bad for the party bad for the country to your earlier question though about will they ever have a chance to make up yes they will because we have seen this sycophants he among republicans that abide to this this cult of personality that is donald trump and pretty soon there will be candidates bannon recruited candidates in the 2018 cycle that both donald trump and steve bannon get behind and they'll break bread over it and they'll make up because that's what all republicans are currently doing they are all looking the other way because they want to cling to the power that is donald trump and certainly i mean ban and has been telling people in the last day or so that despite his angry as trump is right now he fully predicts that down the road he and trump will start speaking again he knows the trumpworld your rarely out forever talks you two outs diff former adviser all you have to do is complementary to right that's the facts that is the key these guys are sticking with me coming up the delicate topic of fitness for off at the eleventh hour back right after this.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"In we are not backing down one inch mitch mcconnell you're like a deer it's been shot you're just going to bleed out brother you're just going to bleed out i got you okay you're done that was steve manning guns blazing in november but today bannon's explosive comments about donald trump and his family have rendered him radioactive too many on the right and he now finds himself increasingly isolated including crucially from his main financial backers the billionaire right wing donors robert mercer and his daughter rebecca rebecca mercer announced today that she and her father were formally cutting ties with bannon adding that she hadn't spoken to him in months though in october mercer did host a cocktail party for bannon at her home the mercer's hold them in order to stake in breitbart and rebecca mercer is reportedly among the board members now debating whether to oust banished chairman with many supportive of the move it sure sounds like the white house likes that idea pertwee's with steve bannon after becomes i certainly think that it's something they should look at and consider meanwhile many of the candidates bannon was poised to back in his quest to remake the gop among them felonious former congressman michael graham are now running in the opposite direction i will not work with anyone that doesn't want to help our president and get that agenda where it needs to be which is across the finish line i think the most disturbing part for me really was taking shots at the president's children his family that to me it's just it's it's it's a polling the entire conservative movement had to choose today trump or banning and this is not a fight steve bannon is going to win the sights and sounds of the rightwing's rejection of the man who would be king right after this.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show
"Right so uh again little bits and pieces are being corroborated and i i guess yesterday the white house released some visitor logs that just proved that michael wolff had access to the white house on a number of occasions during the time that he was talking to people at this book and pretty much unfettered access which which sarah sanders lied about today in her press briefing this woman lies as easily as her boss does it with thomas shooting it absolutely daughter shrink your eye for she there is not one author note there she doesn't issued open uh uh halt for just a moment she just she just piles on through i've never seen anything like it um i it it well it's terrible it's just terrible to watch me one other aspect of this book which is very interesting of course is that greco rebecca mercer who is one of the funders of uh breitbart and also has been a backer and her husband uh uh mercer has been a has been a fun thing her father her her father not her husband or father that right yeah yeah that's right her father yes banks um and now she is threatening to cut off steve bannon good breitbart guy he doesn't if he doesn't cure turned around and uh and and and play the game it's a nato is going to be very inches yacht is um and of course that's exactly the same reason why so many people in congress even though they know what what's going on our look at me.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"The weather channel on wlsam currently in the nation's capital twenty four degrees wind chill has yet nine six twenty seven and wmal i've we're talking about the trump and bannon explosion from yesterday there there's just so much here here's the other thing that that plays into this is the mercer's were were big backers of the bannon and robert mercer the father has had pulled out and absorbed of breitbart and rebecca mercer his daughter has been continuing on though the conservative work out of the mercer's dan according to this post according to the washington post as piece in washington post bannon has alienated according to this rebecca mercer who's one of his big backers and this was after he supposedly told several other conservative donors that he could count on the mercer's financial support should he run for president this is bannon flooding they're telling these other conservative people look according to this report that it will should i run for president maybe a of the i've got the mercer's backing now apparently that got back to rebecca mercer and she's like maybe knows so fast so she has of his supposedly um a he he alienated her in the person who looked out and this report said that mercer does not plan to financially support bannon's future projects and she was frustrated by what he did in alabama us some of the comments in the news media that seem to just provoke these fights which are unnecessary by the way trump president trump in that statement blaming steve bannon for a democrat now being the senator from alabama yes so he seems to be the alienating not only the president but the people who are backing him financially oh maybe not such a smart move stay tuned han vase bukovsky joining of soon here six twenty eight on wmal what happened you used to grow hours without visiting the bathroom now it seems like you're constantly getting up to pay and you're even getting up at night to go.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on WRKO AM680
"The russia was interfering in action in this summer the media was talking about this all summer long enough in all in july in august in september in october that's all they were talking about so this idea that somehow the russia quote unquote collusion narrative was in out there seriously hillary are you see will now have you gone completely soft in the head or you smoking something or you just the pathological liar because i gotta tell you i mean a what planet or you one okay now she then goes on this is the gets really bizarre now okay she then goes on i swear you want to have a good laugh this one listen up to this one so then she's now really getting deep conspiratorial now okay now she's know we're talking who killed kennedy okay now we're getting deep conspiratorial so she brings out this group called cambridge analytics there are a big company based in britain their behind brags it she says that cambridge analytics owned by rebecca mercer appraiser career quite conservative dead day used with no evidence that day use their clout with the trump campaign to force trump higher steve bannon and kellyanne conway why because the russians were interfering in the election and they were weaponising all this information they were hacking the dnc they were attacking john podesta's emails they were putting out all of these suppose it fake news stories but you see they couldn't do it without quote unquote american guidance and soul through rebecca mercer at cambridge analytics they put in bannon and then they put in kellyanne conway wink wink to donald trump himself.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"I did the trump campaign through cambridge analytica try to knowingly collude with russia in that part of their attack it definitely tried to collude we just don't know if it was now because we don't know if they knew it was russia they were dealing with so it's interesting open question but soon after we learn about that overture cambridge analytica to wikileaks we subsequently learn from the wall street journal that trump mega donor rebecca mercer had also tried to make an overture to wikileaks she asked cambridge analytica to reach out to wikileaks to help them disseminate their stolen democratic documents with rebecca mercer there's no ambiguity it'll she made those overtures to try to help wikileaks in their operation in august of last year by that time she was clearly established as one of the largest owners to the protrump effort and by then it was widely publicly discuss that what we can lease was doing was in service of this russian intelligence operation so to the extent that we're looking for evidence of the trump campaign knowingly trying to help russia in what they did during the campaign rebecca mercer would appear to be right in the headlights on that one open question as to whether cambridge in go was doing what they did knowingly rebecca mercer it seems quite clear and now tonight the atlantic magazine julie i off he has put donald trump jr on this as well the atlantic obtained and donald trump jr later confirmed tonight by publishing himself his direct messages with wikileaks according to the message is produced by donald trump jr tonight wikileaks contacted him a number of times starting in september of 2016 and they continued reaching out to him for weeks the atlantic reports that the messages from wikileaks actually went on for months longer into well into 2017 but don jr has himself published his miss messages with wikileaks from september and october including wikileaks telling him on october twelve 2016 that there's a specific link that should be the should be used while promoting wikileaks is stolen democratic documents to sort of obscure url w l search dot tk.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on Erin Burnett OutFront
"Bash bashes out front and dan up what exactly have you learned about the email sent from cambridge analytica to wikileaks well aaron the and now comes from a man named alexander neck's who was the chief executive of came burnt analytica and he sent to several people including top donald trump donor rebecca mercer now in the email knicks relate that he had contacted julian assange and trying to get access to emails from hillary clinton's private server in order to turn them into a searchable database for the campaign or for protrump political action committees now this is according to sources who have seen this in now the sources say no trump campaign officials were on the email chain but rebecca mercer as i mentioned who's actually funds family finds cambridge analytica and had close ties to the trumpworld was on that email not to mention the fact that cambridge i let it go was hired by the trump campaign about the same time that this email about assange was sat and of course raises a whole lot of very important question i mean and then it this could be a very very significant piece of information in the russia investigation into possible collusion could you put this in context why it is so important you're right there and here's why it raises more questions about what efforts were being made by people with connections to the trump campaign or his orbit to try to work with wikileaks which remember ended up publishing emails hacked from the dnc and clinton campaign chair john podesta and us intelligence believes rushing connected hackers that acquired those emails they actually got that to wikileaks to eventually published so there are already questions air you know about.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on KQED Radio
"This is fresh air and if you're just joining us my guest is jiaxuan green the author of the new book devil's bargain steve bannon donald trump and the storming of the presidency and i guess we green is national correspondent for bloomberg business week and has been writing for awhile about steve bannon so one of the key things behind steve bannon becoming donald trump's chief strategist during the campaign was the mercer family robert mercer and his daughter rebecca mercer who are big funders on the right you call them the kind of ought coq brothers so they'd already been funding breitbart news so they already knew steve bannon through breitbart what was rebecca mercer's role in getting trump to hire bannon ss chief campaign strategist or think rebecca mercer is robert mercer's daughter israeli the more political politically active a to nava mercer himself as a fascinating guy a are self made a hedge fund billionaire of famous recluse um very conservative and the mercer's are essentially the merchant bankers for bannon and a lot of his political organisations not only breitbart news of it also the government accountability the institute which is the outfit that produce the clinton cash book uh the fun cambridge analytical which is a data analysis firm that help trump get elected and they were also big donors to trump both directly and in terms of funding various superpac efforts that were meant to help his candidacy including the stop crooked hill owlry pack that bannon and bossi briefly worked on for the joined the campaign rebecca mercer is.
"rebecca mercer" Discussed on KQED Radio
"This is fresh air and if you're just joining us my guest is jiaxuan green the author of the new book devil's bargain steve bannon donald trump and the storming of the presidency and our jesuit green is national correspondent for bloomberg business week and has been writing for a while about steve bannon so one of the key things behind steve bannon becoming donald trump's chief strategist during the campaign was the mercer family robert mercer and his daughter rebecca mercer who were big funders on the right you call them the kind of ought coq brothers so they'd already been funding breitbart news so they already knew steve bannon through breitbart what was rebecca mercer's role in getting trump to hire bannon ss chief campaign strategist or think rebecca mercer who is robert mercer's daughter israeli the more political politically active the two now the man mercer himself as a fascinating guy a are selfmade a hedge fund billionaire of famous recluse very conservative and the mercer's are essentially the merchant bankers for bannon and a lot of his political organisations not only breitbart news of it also the government accounting bility institute which is the outfit that produced the clinton cash book uh the fun cambridge analytical which is a data analysis firm that help trump get elected and they were also big donors to trump both directly and in terms of funding various superpac efforts that were meant to help his candidacy including the stop crooked hillary pack that bannon and bossi briefly worked on the for the joined the campaign rebecca mercer is a very aggressive up very involved in politics in as clear ideas about you what she wants to do on so i described as seen in the book in early august where she flies out.