CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE URGES PRESIDENT-ELECT TO RESCIND APPOINTMENT OF STEVEN BANNON TO SENIOR WHITE HOUSE POSITION
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November 16, 2016 202-225-3816
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Urges President-Elect to Rescind Appointment of Steven Bannon to Senior White House Position
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committee and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, released the following statement today calling upon the President-Elect to rescind his controversial appointment of Steven Bannon as White House Senior Counselor and Strategist:
“If the President-Elect is takes seriously the pledge his Election Night pledge to be a president to “all Americans,” he must immediately renounce his intention to appoint Steven Bannon as White House Senior Counselor and Strategist.
“Steven Bannon has a long history promoting racial and ethnic bigotry, sexism, religious intolerance, and misogyny. He has insinuated that African-Americans are ‘naturally aggressive and violent,’ and under his leadership, Breitbart’s publishing strategy turned to one that has made it the media arm of the racist ‘Alt-Right’ movement, publishing articles promoting popular white nationalist tropes such as “black on white crime” and that "rape culture" is inherent in Islam.
“In selecting Steven Bannon as one of his two most trusted White House advisors, the President-Elect is signaling to the American people that the inflammatory, reckless, and insensitive rhetoric and tactics employed by his campaign can be expected to become part of his Administration’s standard operating procedure. This is not the way to begin healing the wounds opened by the recently concluded presidential campaign and or to bring the American people together.
“I strongly urge the President-Elect to reconsider his decision and rescind his controversial appointment of Steven Bannon as White House Senior Counselor and Strategist.