Steve Bannon Unfit for Top White House Position

Steven Bannon should not be anywhere near the White House. From his involvement with white nationalist groups to his endorsement by some questionable figures morally, Bannon is not someone I want representing our country. Here are the reasons why.

First off, Bannon was the executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, which he himself called “the platform for the alt-right.” The alt-right, of course, is described by the New York Times as “a loosely organized group of mostly young men who believe in white supremacy; oppose immigration, feminism and multiculturalism; and delight in harassing Jews, Muslims and other vulnerable groups by spewing shocking insults on social media.”

Next, David Duke, a white nationalist and former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, called the choice to name him a chief White House strategist “excellent” and said that Bannon was “basically creating the ideological aspects of where we’re going.” Also, the president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute, Richard B. Spencer, followed in Donald Trump’s footsteps and wrote a series of tweets saying how this pick of Bannon could help Trump focus of the big picture. He later told CNN, “Steve Bannon might even push Trump in the right direction. So that would be a wonderful thing.” Even scarier, did you know that there’s an American Nazi Party? Well, it’s alive and well, and its chairman wrote in an email to CNN, “Perhaps The Donald IS for ‘REAL’ ,” referring to the selection of Mr. Bannon.

Thirdly, we come to Bannon himself’s questionable morals. According to the New York Times, Mr. Bannon has cited Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl as one of his role models. Bannon’s ex-wife has also accused him of anti-Semitism. She alleged in 2007 in a court declaration that he didn’t want their daughter to attend a particular school in Los Angeles because of the number of Jews who also attended. Finally, civil rights groups are widely opposed to Bannon’s appointment, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Lastly, one hundred and sixty-nine Democratic House Representatives urged in a letter to President-elect Trump to rescind his appointment of Bannon. The letter stated that appointing Bannon sends a disturbing message about what kind of president Donald Trump wants to be, because “[his] ties to the White Nationalist movement have been well documented.”

-Ellie Frato-Sweeney ’20

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