Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Rep. Ellison Statement on President-elect Trump’s Announcement of Stephen Bannon as White House Senior Advisor

Nov 14, 2016
Press Release

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump announced Stephen Bannon, the publisher of Breitbart News, would serve as the top strategist in his White House:

“On Sunday night, President-elect Donald Trump appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes. While on this program, the President-elect took a minute to address his supporters who have harassed racial and religious minorities. The President-elect’s supporters have drawn swastikas on schools and churches, encouraged political opponents to commit suicide, threatened Muslim-Americans with violence, and committing other hate crimes.

“After addressing his supporters, the President-elect should turn his attention to the man he’s selected to run his White House: Stephen Bannon. Mr. Bannon has called the Pope a “commie.” He has referred to the Civil War as the “war of Southern Independence.” He referred to liberal, college educated women as “a bunch of dykes.” And sworn testimony in a legal case alleged Mr. Bannon was a domestic abuser and that he stated he “didn’t want [his children] going to school with Jews.”

“Mr. Bannon is adored by white supremacists, white nationalists, anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, and the KKK. It’s not hard to see why.

“If the President-elect is serious about rejecting bigotry, hatred, and violence from his supporters, he must rescind Stephen Bannon’s appointment. This man shouldn’t be allowed to visit the White House – let alone run it.”