Statement by Rep. Jerrold Nadler Denouncing Trump for Naming Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist

Nov 15, 2016 Issues: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights

Washington, DC – Congressman Jerrold Nadler released the following statement after it was announced that Donald Trump has named Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist:
“I am appalled and disgusted that Donald Trump is doubling-down on hatred and racism in his very first action as President-elect.  
“Instead of calling on the nation to end the violence, racism, and bigotry that is sweeping communities across the country, he has selected a known anti-Semitic, white nationalist, racist – Steve Bannon – to serve at the highest level of the executive branch.  
“This is not unexpected, but that doesn’t make it any less despicable or acceptable. I call on Trump to immediately retract his offer to Bannon and to pledge that no one who shares those anti-Semitic, racist values has any place in his administration. Bannon has bragged about Breitbart News serving as the platform for the alt-right -- a loose alliance of anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, white nationalist provocateurs. We must not allow him to use the power of the White House as his new platform for spewing hate, racism, and white nationalism.  
“I call on Trump to appoint senior officials and members of his cabinet that look like America. In a sign of national unity, and reflecting the very close nature of the election – including the fact that he lost the popular vote – he needs to appoint Democrats and Republicans to his administration, men and women, people of all races, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds, gay and straight, and including those with disabilities. Whoever he appoints to serve in a position of leadership in our country must serve all of the people and must denounce the type of racism, white nationalism, and bigotry that, unfortunately, Steve Bannon represents to millions of Americans.”