It’s high time to fire Steve Bannon, Congressman David Cicilline told President Donald Trump in a letter sent Tuesday and signed by seven US representatives.
“Americans deserve to know that white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis are not in a position to influence U.S. policy,” said the letter.
Referencing the racist violence on display in Charlottesville, Viriginia and the Trump’s tepid response to it, as “the world watched,” the letter said, “That is why we continue to find Steve Bannon’s presence in your administration incredibly alarming and dangerous to our nation and the world, and once again, we urge you to immediately remove Steve Bannon from the White House altogether.”
Yesterday, in an unrelated interview with the American Prospect, Bannon relished in the increased racial politics born from the Charlottesville display of bigotry in Charlottesville and the ensuing violence that left one woman dead.
“The longer [Democrats] talk about identity politics, I got ’em,” he said, according to the progressive magazine that had a surprise interview with Bannon yesterday. “I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”
The letter, sent prior to that interview, was also signed by representatives Barbara Lee, of California, Judy Chu, of California, Cedric Richmond, of Louisiana, Michelle Lujan Grishham, of New Mexico, Mark Pocan, of Wisconsin, Raul Grijalva, of Arizona. It also called for “the immediate removal of” Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka. All three are Trump advisers.
“While Steve Bannon’s continued presence is of utmost concern, we are also increasingly alarmed by other members of your senior staff who have ties to white nationalist groups,” says the letter.
Miller, according to the letter, “is a well-known mentee of white supremacist Richard Spencer and has a long history of both denying systemic racism and promoting multicultural segregation.” Gorka, says the letter, “has extensive ties to anti-Semetic hate groups.”
The letter concludes by saying, “The ideology and political agenda of these men have no place in the highest office in the land.”
Cicilline has been a leading voice in Washinton D.C. to fire Bannon since the former Brietbart publisher was appointed by Trump shortly after the election.