Report: Ex-wife of Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon says he made anti-Semitic remarks

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Donald Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon made anti-Semitic remarks over a private school in Los Angeles that accepted his twin daughters, his ex-wife charged during a court battle over post-divorce financial issues.

Bannon’s second wife Mary Louise Piccard said in a sworn court declaration that ex-husband Bannon said he did not want to send his daughters to The Archer School for Girls for the 2007-2008 school year because he “didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews,” the Associated Press reported over the weekend. The AP obtained and reviewed the court papers, which were part of a request for Bannon to pay $25,000 in legal fees and to cover the $64,000 in tuition

“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 took over as head of Trump’s presidential campaign last week. He was previously executive chairman of Breitbart News, which the Hillary Clinton campaign has charged with being anti-Semitic.

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Bannon spokeswoman Alexandra Preate denied that Bannon made anti-Semitic comments about the school.

The AP also cited remarks his ex-wife said Bannon made while visiting private schools in 2000. At one school Bannon reportedly asked the director why there were so many books about Chanukah in the library, the AP reported citing Piccard’s court declaration. At another school Piccard said Bannon asked her if it bothered her that the school building was formerly a synagogue, the AP reported.

Piccard filed for divorce in 1997 after accusing Bannon of beating her up in an altercation over money.

The Trump campaign has come under fire for anti-Semitism. In July, Trump came under fire for a tweet showing a Star of David shape and dollar bills superimposed over an image of Hillary Clinton and the words “most corrupt candidate ever.”

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