This weekend, President-elect Trump announced that he will appoint Stephen Bannon to be his chief strategist and senior counselor in the White House. A former editor of Breitbart News, Bannon is a leader of the alt-right (an extremist movement defined by the ADL as “a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists”).
Yesterday J Street issued a call to action, urging members of Congress speak out against – and call on Trump to rescind – Bannon’s appointment. Many members of Congress have answered the call – and if you don’t see your Representative or Senator on this list, make sure to take action today.
Note: We will continue to update this list as more senators and members of Congress release statements.
I will continue to stand up for equality & the concerns of my constituents. I urge the President-elect to rescind his app’t of Bannon. 3/3
— Suzanne Bonamici (@RepBonamici) November 14, 2016
President-elect Trump says people shouldn’t be afraid in America. If he means it, he should rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon.
— Sen. Barbara Boxer (@SenatorBoxer) November 15, 2016
Stephen Bannon is someone who has demonstrated disregard for common decency and values that all Americans should share.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) November 14, 2016
Stephen Bannon should not work in the White House.
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) November 15, 2016
Tell your member of Congress to speak out against Trump's appointment of Stephen Bannon.
I’m very troubled by the elevation of Steve Bannon. He bullied women and minorities when at Breitbart. What will he do in the White House?
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) November 14, 2016
A “President for all Americans” doesn’t appoint an anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic misogynist as senior advisor
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) November 14, 2016
Steve Bannon is the standard-bearer for the worst instincts in American society. Trump should remove him from his team without delay.
— John Conyers, Jr. (@RepJohnConyers) November 15, 2016
Trump’s hire of Steve Bannon is beyond alarming. His alt-right, anti-Semitic & hateful rhetoric have no place in the WH & no place in the US
— Rep. Joe Crowley (@repjoecrowley) November 14, 2016
I signed a letter today asking Donald Trump to reconsider his appointment of Stephen Bannon. His ideology has no place in the White House.
— Rep. Joe Courtney (@RepJoeCourtney) November 15, 2016
Donald Trump’s nomination of Steven Bannon reminds me of Maya Angelou quote: When someone shows you who they are believe them; the 1st time.
— Rep Donna F Edwards (@repdonnaedwards) November 15, 2016
Steve Bannon’s bigotry makes him totally unfit to serve the WH. The job isn’t Senate-confirmed, so it’s up to all of us to raise our voices
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) November 16, 2016
His views are extreme, to say the very least, divisive and offensive. We cannot let his behavior be normalized. It is unacceptable. (3/3)
— Jim Langevin (@jimlangevin) November 15, 2016
The President-elect must do everything in his power to combat anti-Semitism, intolerance, and bigotry, including by replacing Bannon.
— Nita Lowey (@NitaLowey) November 14, 2016
Trump says: “We’re going to drain the swamp.”
Trump does: Hires lifelong insider as Chief of Staff, invites white supremacist to move to WH.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) November 14, 2016
Tragically, the appointment of Steve Bannon shows Trump will govern like he campaigned – dividing us, playing on fears and prejudices.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 15, 2016
I say to Donald Trump: take responsibility.
Rise to the dignity of the office instead of hiding behind your Twitter account.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 15, 2016
Steve Bannon’s appointment should make us very nervous. We’re going to tell him and Trump that we will stand together and not be divided up.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 14, 2016
Today I signed a letter asking President-Elect Trump to rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon. Our nation needs unity not more division.
— Rep. Bobby Scott (@BobbyScott) November 15, 2016
Disappointed in selection of Steve Bannon for senior role in White House
— Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) November 14, 2016
It’s impossible to be a president for all Americans while employing someone like Steve Bannon. He casts a dark cloud over the White House.
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) November 15, 2016
Mr. Bannon should not be advising the next Commander in Chief. We need leadership and unity, not division.
— Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) November 16, 2016
Strongly oppose appointment of Bannon as White House Chief Strategist. Sending letter w/ colleagues calling on Trump to rescind appointment.
— Mike Thompson (@RepThompson) November 15, 2016
Pres-elect Trump has responsibility to rise above division/intolerance that marked campaign, which is why his Bannon choice is so disturbing
— Niki Tsongas (@nikiinthehouse) November 14, 2016
Steve Bannon ran a website that trafficked in anti-Semitism & misogyny. He is an unacceptable choice to advise a U.S. president.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) November 14, 2016