A small group of demonstrators gathered in Union Square, New York on November 22 to hand out leaflets urging members of the public to keep Steve Bannon out of the White House.
Bannon, who was recently appointed chief strategist and senior counselor to President Elect Donald Trump, has no place in government, activists said.
As well as serving as chief executive officer of Trump’s election campaign, Bannon is executive chair of Breitbart News, an “alt-right” news publication. He has been publicly endorsed by both the KKK and the American Nazi Party.
“Bannon himself has a well-known history of xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and all round bigotry” according to the leaflets handed out by the protesters.
“Now, he is trying to give a squeaky clean, Mr. Nice Guy image and unfortunately, the mainstream media is giving voice to that. I’m out here to remind people that you have to judge people by their past actions and past words,” said Marilyn Stern, a demonstrator from New York.
Bannon has been credited with running a hugely successful presidential campaign on behalf of Donald Trump. However, protesters fear the appointment of a “blatantly racist” chief adviser is indicative of the type of administration Trump will oversee.
Lars Montanaro, 19, a student at NYU, says people are angry about Bannon’s appointment but that protesting helps to move that anger in a positive direction.
“The media has begun to normalize something that is so absurd. Steve Bannon is the leading ideologue of the alt-right. It’s a hellish nightmare and totally absurd this is happening…so I’m out here let people know,” Montanaro said.
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