- Published: Monday, November 14, 2016 04:01 PM
On Sunday, President-Elect Donald Trump announced the appointment of white nationalist Stephen Bannon as a senior adviser in his administration. Bannon is considered to be an extremist who peddles racist viewpoints, anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, anti-Semitic writings, misogyny, xenophobia and other divisive rhetoric.
Today, Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement condemning Trump’s choice and calling on others to urge the president-elect to withdraw the appointment:
“The White House is no place for bigots. I am outraged and deeply troubled by the president-elect’s choice of Stephen Bannon as a top adviser. This man has made it his mission to fan the flames of hatred, bigotry, sexism and intolerance in our country, and now he’s being rewarded with the ear of the leader of the free world.
“Bannon’s appointment is an insult to the people of this nation, to our ongoing struggle for civil rights and to the values held by Americans of both political parties. I enthusiastically support the right of the president-elect to assemble an administration that reflects his policy priorities, whether or not I agree with those policies. However, we must draw the line when it comes to bigotry.
“I am calling on him to withdraw the appointment and to do everything within his power to unite the country and to quell the racially charged attacks that have spiked since his election last week. I hope Democrats and Republicans in Illinois and across our country will join me in that call.”
Bannon is the former editor of Breitbart News, an alt-right website that, under his leadership, promoted material encouraging hate and intolerance.
For example, postings on the site labeled former Congresswoman and assassination survivor Gabby Giffords “the gun control movement’s human shield” and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol a “renegade Jew.” In the aftermath of a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, Breitbart published a piece titled, “Hoist it high and proud: the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage.” Another headline asked, “Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer?”
Bannon also hosted a SiriusXM radio show during which he interviewed numerous anti-Muslim extremists and promoted Islamophobia. A former Brietbart employee called Bannon a “legitimately sinister figure.”