Cooper, Mancini bash Trump appointment of Bannon

Tennessee Democratic Chair Mary Mancini today joined Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in declaring that President-elect Donald Trump should rescind his appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief White House strategist.

Cooper signed a letter with other congressional Democrats berating Bannon and called the  former head of Breitbart News a “hate-monger and a fear-monger.” Mancini’s press release says Tennessee Republicans should call on Trump to abandon the appointment.

Press releases from both are below.

News release from Tennessee Democratic Party

Nashville (November 16, 2016) – Tennessee State Democratic Party chair Mary Mancini is calling on leaders in the Tennessee Republican Party to take action against Steve Bannon:

“Steve Bannon was, until recently, the executive chairman of the far-right Breitbart News Network, which by his own admission is a platform for the “alt-right,” the description used to normalize a group who believe in white-male supremacy over immigrants, women, people of color, and those of the Jewish faith. For years he steered what various hate-watch groups have called a “white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill” and encouraged divisiveness and hate. Steve Bannon has no place in the nation’s highest office nor should he be anywhere near the White House – the symbol for every American – regardless of race or religion – of aspiration, promise, and hope.

President-elect Trump’s tone-def appointment panders to the base instincts in all of us. Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Gov. Bill Haslam and other leaders of the Tennessee Republican Party must call for the President-elect to immediately remove Steve Bannon. They should understand that you cannot separate the man from his actions and they should immediately demand that President-elect Trump sever all ties with Bannon.”

Press release from U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) issued a statement condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist.

“It’s a terrible mistake for Trump to choose a hate-monger and fear-monger like Steve Bannon as his chief strategist,” Rep. Cooper said Monday. “This makes Nixon’s Southern Strategy look like child’s play.”

Cooper also signed a letter spearheaded by Rep. David Cicilline (RI-01). Expected to be sent today or tomorrow, the letter asks Trump to immediately withdraw Bannon’s appointment. So far the letter has garnered 150 signatures, according to Cicilline’s office.

The full text of Cicilline’s letter to President-elect Trump is below.

Dear President-elect Trump:

Immediately following your victory, many Americans were optimistic and hopeful that you would take the steps necessary to unify our country following the divisive and contentious election.  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.  As elected representatives of millions of Americans from diverse backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities, we strongly urge you to reconsider your decision to appoint Mr. Bannon to White House Chief Strategist.

Since the election there have been a number of incidents across the country in which minorities, including Muslim Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Jewish Americans, have been the targets of violence, harassment and intimidation. Mr. Bannon’s appointment sends the wrong message to people who have engaged in those types of activities, indicating that they will not only be tolerated, but endorsed by your Administration.  Millions of Americans have expressed fear and concern about how they will be treated by the Trump Administration and your appointment of Mr. Bannon only exacerbates and validates their concerns.

As the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, Mr. Bannon repeatedly and aggressively pushed stories that promote anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism. During an interview last summer, Mr. Bannon bragged that Breitbart was “the platform for the alt-right,” a movement that upholds White Nationalism while strongly rejecting diversity in any form. Under Mr. Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart has referred to a leading Republican who opposed your election as a “Renegade Jew,” suggested “Young Muslims in the West are a ticking time bomb,” declared that the “Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage,” and praised the alt-right as a “smarter” version of “old-school racist skinheads.”

Disturbingly, leading white nationalists like former KKK Grand Dragon David Duke, American Nazi Party Chairman Rocky J. Suhadya, Richard Spencer, Peter Brimelow, and Brad Griffin have praised the news of Mr. Bannon’s appointment.  We believe it should concern you that civil rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, are widely opposed to Mr. Bannon’s appointment.

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.

Once again, we strongly urge you to rescind this appointment immediately and build a diverse White House staff who are committed to the core American values of inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance.


2 Responses to Cooper, Mancini bash Trump appointment of Bannon

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    Teddy says:

    maybe they might want to find out more about him. Who will Trump hire that they will approve of?

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    Teddy Greer says:

    Maybe they should find out more about him. Alan Dershowitz does not disapprove of him. Who will Trump hire that Mancini or Cooper will approve of?

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