Steve Bannon Has NO Place in the White House
Donald Trump has named Steve Bannon his chief strategist. The former head of Breitbart News Network, Bannon is responsible for the “mainstreaming of white nationalism.”1
Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart doubled down on its publication of racist stories. Breitbart gained traction by supporting Trump throughout his campaign — promoting views that endanger people of color, Jewish people, queer people and women.
Bannon is a racist, anti-Semite and misogynist. Trump needs to drop him immediately.
Allowing Bannon to advise on operations at the highest levels of government would be a catastrophe that would put the most vulnerable members of our society even further in harm’s way. In the week after the presidential election, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were 437 recorded incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation2 targeting immigrants, people of color, religious minorities and LGBTQI people. Trump’s victory has emboldened white nationalists and neo-Nazi groups.
These same hateful groups have applauded3 Bannon’s rise to power. This is no surprise: Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart became a space for the rebranding of the white nationalist movement as the “alt-right.” With Bannon in the West Wing, Breitbart News — an outlet rife with racism and misogyny — could, in the words of a former staffer, become the closest thing we’ve ever had to “a state-owned media entity.”4
Sign the petition: Steve Bannon has no place in the White House.
1. “Steve Bannon, the Trump Adviser Who Spent Years Mainstreaming White Nationalism, Explained,” Vox, Nov. 15, 2016: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/15/13625168/steve-bannon-explained
2. “More Than 400 Incidents of Hateful Harassment and Intimidation Since the Election,” Southern Poverty Law Center, Nov. 15, 2016: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2016/11/15/update-more-400-incidents-hateful-harassment-and-intimidation-election
3. “Bannon’s Unveiling as Trump’s Chief Strategist Is a Layer Cake of Horrors,” The Guardian, Nov. 15, 2016: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/15/steven-bannon-trump-chief-strategist-breitbart-white-house-dangerous
4. “Why Breitbart News Will Be the Closest Thing to a State-Owned Media Entity,” Fortune, Nov. 15, 2016: http://fortune.com/2016/11/15/breitbart-trump-media/