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Pallone Speaks Out Against Bannon Appointment

November 15, 2016
Press Release

Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., issued the following statement in response to the news that Steve Bannon has been tapped to serve as chief strategist and senior counselor in the Trump Administration:

"I am deeply disturbed by the decision to appoint Steve Bannon as the White House’s chief strategist and senior counselor. In this decision, President-elect Trump has failed in one of his most important tasks since winning the election: appointing a competent White House staff.  Bannon’s appointment sends a dangerous message to Americans who hope the President-elect will turn away from the dangerous and hate-filled rhetoric that fueled his campaign.

As chairman of Breitbart News, Bannon has offered a sounding board for racist, sexist, white nationalist and anti-Semitic voices to be amplified and permeate into mainstream society. To normalize this type of behavior is a stain on the values and principles of the office of the presidency. Steve Bannon was a scourge on Mr. Trump’s campaign and is a national disgrace that doesn’t belong within view of the White House.  I urge the President-elect to remove Steve Bannon and his toxic, divisive philosophy from his inner circle without delay."