President Elect Donald Trump, who received fewer votes than his opponent Hillary Clinton, named Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor. In response, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan released the following statement:
“By choosing Steve Bannon as chief strategist, Trump has made clear that he intends to carry the racism and anti-Semitism of his campaign straight into the White House. The website Bannon ran is a home for the White Nationalist Right that elevates racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic tirades and conspiracy theories.
“Congressional Republicans need to stand up and call out Trump for choosing Bannon as a senior adviser and ‘equal partner’ to Trump’s Chief of Staff. This isn’t about partisan politics; no one with Bannon’s record should be anywhere near the White House.”
For more information about Steve Bannon or Brietbart, or to request an interview on PFAW’s call for Republicans to denounce Trump’s choice of Bannon, please email [email protected].
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.