Louise Slaughter urges Trump to rescind Bannon appointment

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On Wednesday, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter urged President-elect Donald Trump to rescind the appointment of Stephen Bannon to White House Chief Strategist.

Slaughter says Bannon’s ties to the white nationalist movement have been “well-documented.” She also raises concerns about Bannon’s website, saying his stories “promote anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism.”

“In your election night speech you said, ‘Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division.  It is time for us to come together as one united people.’  Unfortunately, your appointment of Stephen Bannon, whose ties to the White Nationalist movement have been well-documented, directly undermines your ability to unite the country,” Slaughter wrote, together with her colleagues. “As Members of Congress we are committed to working with your administration in good faith, but we strongly believe that Mr. Bannon’s appointment will not allow the country to heal and come together as one. As one of your top advisors, the White House chief strategist will help set the tone for your administration. The person in this role must be prepared to serve the interests of all Americans, not those of a select few.”

Slaughter is pushing the President-elect to immediately rescind this appointment and “build a diverse White House staff committed to America’s values of inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance.”

She is joined on this letter by nearly 170 of her colleagues.

Read the full letter here.

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