Bend the Arc on Rising Influence of White Nationalist Champion Steve Bannon in the Trump White House

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Release Date: Monday, January 30, 2017

 

New York – In response to multiple news reports on the expanding role of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon within the Trump administration, Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, released the following statement:



“We are deeply distressed by recent indications that Steve Bannon, a purveyor of white nationalist, racist rhetoric and conspiracy theories, is leading the charge in shaping the policies of the Trump administration. Reports that Bannon personally overruled the Department of Homeland Security’s guidance that Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ should not apply to green card holders is just one example of the frightening degree to which white supremacy is now influencing the actions of the federal government. 

“We’re also dismayed by President Trump’s decision to give Bannon a permanent spot on the Principals Committee of the National Security Council. The elevation of a political advisor, particularly one with Bannon’s radically un-American worldview, to a position of such importance violates both fundamental principles of our democracy as well as common sense, and it makes all Americans less safe.  Bannon’s recent attacks on the free press are yet another indication of his radical agenda and his utter lack of regard for basic American values.

“We are inspired by the spontaneous uprisings across the country in which the American people are protesting and demonstrating against the ‘Muslim ban’ and making clear that we reject the hateful, bigoted policies advocated by Bannon and Trump. American Jews, who recognize all too well the danger of turning away refugees who are literally fleeing for their lives, stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters in the United States and around the world. Our country must remain a beacon of hope and a refuge for those seeking safety from war and persecution. We call on all political leaders to uphold this fundamental principle by urging the Trump administration to rescind this horrifying executive order.”