Donald Trump has wasted no time in naming one of America’s most famous bigots to his team. Trump named Steve Bannon, the combative former head of the right-wing website Breitbart News, as his strategist and senior counselor.
Civil rights groups quickly denounced Donald Trump’s Sunday announcement that Steve Bannon would be his chief strategist in the White House.
Prior to joining Trump’s presidential campaign this August, Bannon had been at the helm of Breitbart News, which has taken credit for helping make “the platform for the alt-right.” Many critics pointed to Bannon’s role at Breitbart when blasting Trump for picking him to help lead his upcoming administration.
In a statement issued Sunday evening, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) slammed the appointment of “Islamophobe, White nationalist Bannon.” The group said Bannon helped promote a “dark and paranoid picture” of Muslim Americans through the Breitbart News website and Bannon’s own radio show.
“The appointment of Stephen Bannon as a top Trump administration strategist sends the disturbing message that anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and white nationalist ideology will be welcome in the White House,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR’s national executive director. “We urge President-elect Trump to reconsider this ill-advised appointment if he truly seeks to unite Americans.”
The Anti-Defamation League echoed CAIR’s condemnation of Bannon’s appointment in a statement of its own.
“It is a sad day when a man who presided over the website of the ‘alt-right’ — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists — is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house,’” read the Sunday statement from ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
With a pick like this, all 18 Karat Reggae can do is remind Black people that we must unite, we have no choice but to unite. Things and times are going to get rough, but if we stand united, these bigots wont dare touch us.