50 Faith and Human Rights Groups Write Open Letter Demanding Bannon's Removal from Trump Transition Team
On Wednesday, November 16, more than 50 faith-based and human rights organizations penned an open letter condemning president-elect Donald Trump's appointment of alt-right leader Stephen Bannon to the post of White House chief strategist. And on Thursday, members and allies took their message straight to Washington.
Young Jewish activists with @IfNotNowOrg outside Trump's transition headquarters right now https://t.co/u2DbbNZjME— Kira Lerner (@Kira Lerner) 1479391471.0
Bannon led Breitbart from 2012 until August 2016, during which time he approved controversial headlines such as, "Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew," "A Short List of Black Lives Matter’s Cop-Killing Heroes" and "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy."
Bannon was appointed chief executive of the Trump campaign in August, but it was not until president-elect Trump proposed a potential cabinet position for the former Breitbart exec that mainstream media came out swinging.
The Anti-Defamation League, Bend the Arc, Jewish World Service, Human Rights Campaign, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, League of United Latin American Citizens, and National Immigration Law Center, among many others, came together to denounce the choice to bring a known white supremacist to the White House.
https://t.co/9TamVCqWYN— Vivian Ward (@Vivian Ward) 1479391436.0
The following day, members of the groups assembled in the lobby of Breitbart News headquarters in Washington, D.C., where Trump's transition team held a meeting with his team. Security quickly escorted the protesters out of the building, but the movement is still growing at StopBannon.com.