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169 House Dems join to tell Trump: Dump Bannon

12:31 am - 11/17/2016
A group of 169 [out of 188] House Democrats is demanding President-elect Donald Trump rescind Steve Bannon’s appointment as chief strategist and senior counselor.

“Bigotry, anti-Semitism and xenophobia should have no place in our society, and they certainly have no place in the White House,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said in a Wednesday statement.

“Whether intentional or not, the appointment of Mr. Bannon sends a disturbing message about what kind of president Donald Trump wants to be,” the House Judiciary Committee member, who spearheaded a Wednesday letter to Trump, added.

The letter does not include any signatures from GOP House representatives.

Democratic signers argued Bannon’s role in the future Trump administration undermines the Republican’s promise of national harmony.

“Unfortunately, your appointment of Stephen Bannon, whose ties to the white nationalist movement have been well-documented, directly undermines your ability to unite the country,” the letter reads.

“Millions of Americans have expressed fear and concern about how they will be treated by the Trump administration and your appointment of Mr. Bannon only exacerbates and validates their concerns. We strongly believe that Mr. Bannon’s appointment will not allow the country to heal and come together as one.”

Trump announced the appointment of Bannon, his presidential campaign’s CEO, on Sunday.

Critics pounced on the appointment, citing Bannon’s tenure with Breitbart News. Detractors say Breitbart is a platform for the "alt-right" movement.

Trump’s advisers have since defended Bannon’s character, while major GOP lawmakers have largely avoided addressing the controversy.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), for example, on Tuesday dismissed questions about Bannon, urging Americans to “look forward” instead.

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, have largely echoed their counterparts in the lower chamber. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday called on Trump to fire Bannon.

“If Trump is serious about seeking unity, the first thing he should do is rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon,” the retiring lawmaker said from the Senate floor.

Source: The Hillhttp://thehill.com/homenews/house/306378-169-house-dems-to-trump-dump-bannon

Voldemort doesn't have to listen to them, of course, and probably won't. But I'm glad to see them speaking out anyway. I just want to know what's wrong with the other 19 House Democrats who didn't sign on to this. (Actually, what I really want is to wake up from this nightmare, but that's not happening so I'll take what I can get.)
hobbits_friend 17th-Nov-2016 10:58 am (UTC)
All of them should have signed the letter! What's wrong with them?!
shortsweetcynic 17th-Nov-2016 12:00 pm (UTC)
right?? that's exactly what i zeroed in on first - who are these other 19??
sugartitty 17th-Nov-2016 12:22 pm (UTC)
elwooddowd 17th-Nov-2016 02:23 pm (UTC)
Cicilline's website has the letter posted with the full list of those who signed:

Keith Ellison and Debbie WS both signed.
cherriesarered 17th-Nov-2016 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Looks like all three NC House Dems (G.K. Butterfield, Alma Adams, and David Price) signed as well.

(Who are the other 19??? Add me to the growing list of people who want to know!)
elwooddowd 17th-Nov-2016 04:32 pm (UTC)
I counted 21 who didn't sign, not 19? idk I probably made a mistake.

1. Ann Kirkpatrick az-1
2. Kyrsten sinema az-9
3. Nancy Pelosi ca-12
4. Jim costa ca-16
5. Lois capps ca-24
6. Brad Sherman ca-30
7. Loretta sanchez ca-46
8. Corinne brown fl-5
9. Alan grayson fl-9
10. David scott ga-13
11. Tulsi gabbard hi-2
12. Bobby rush il-1
13. Dan Lipinski il-3
14. Pete Visclosky in-1
15. Dutch ruppersberger md-2
16. Steny hoyer md-5
17. Collin Peterson mn-7
18. Brad ashford ne-2
19. Charles rangel ny-13
20. Henry cuellar tx-28
21. Filemon vela jr tx-34

scriptedending 17th-Nov-2016 05:23 pm (UTC)
Pelosi and Sanchez? Sanchez I sort of get - to me, she seems like an R in D's clothing. But why tf wouldn't Pelosi sign?
jeliza 17th-Nov-2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
Pelosi might have figured it was redundant to sign, since she had already released this statement on Monday the 14th:

“After winning the presidency but losing the popular vote, President-elect Trump must try to bring Americans together – not continue to fan the flames of division and bigotry.

“Bringing Steve Bannon into the White House is an alarming signal that President-elect Trump remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign. There must be no sugarcoating the reality that a white nationalist has been named chief strategist for the Trump Administration.

“Democrats are committed to finding common ground for hard-working families. But we will stand our ground and strongly oppose attempts by this Administration to scapegoat and persecute Americans because of who they are, how they worship, or who they love.”

lightframes 17th-Nov-2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
Corinne Brown is on the way out and Alan Grayson lost the Senate primary so I don't know if they went into hiding or something
yamamanama 18th-Nov-2016 02:39 am (UTC)
I'm not surprised to see Gabbard on that list.
turkwriter 17th-Nov-2016 04:22 pm (UTC)
My House seat just turned Dem this election after a long Republican run (the one bright spot for us this election) and my new Congressman-elect has posted a similar letter. Of course, he can't sign his name onto this official one before actually being sworn in. But I'm just relieved because there's no way the old POS congressman would ever support this. In fact, he'd probably be cheering for Bannon.
tonihime 17th-Nov-2016 04:44 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see that there's still SOME sanity and reason in our government.

Shame that Trump gives no fucks.
lightframes 17th-Nov-2016 11:08 pm (UTC)
while major GOP lawmakers have largely avoided addressing the controversy.

How do people live while being this cowardly?

Does it hurt?
kaymyth 17th-Nov-2016 11:27 pm (UTC)
The ones in Kansas and Missouri, at least, are getting deluged by calls by an organized movement of constituents. I don't know how much of an effect it's going to have, but their staffers are swamped.

MO Rep. Sam Graves has doubled down on supporting Trump and Bannon, and his staffers are outright chewing out the callers. It's disgusting.
lightframes 17th-Nov-2016 11:43 pm (UTC)
"Stop calling your elected officials and asking for things!!!"
kaymyth 17th-Nov-2016 11:46 pm (UTC)
Someone from Graves's office literally told people, "Sam Graves is in the business of representing the majority."

Like, translation: fuck you all, you don't matter 'cause you probably didn't vote for him anyway.

Edited at 2016-11-17 11:55 pm (UTC)
lightframes 18th-Nov-2016 12:18 am (UTC)
No, Mr. Graves, you're in the business of representing ALL of your constituents.

But we all need to be nice and come together to support our president, ok
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