Donald Trump appointed an "alt-right" white nationalist to be his chief strategist and senior counselor, while also ensuring that he would be Chief of Staff Rince Priebus' equal. The backlash against former Breitbart News President Steve Bannon's appointment has been fierce and quick from those across the spectrum, but GOP leaders in Congress have been remarkably silent. On the opposite end of that spectrum, outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, released a comprehensive rejection of the appointment. So, what has Reid said about Bannon? He didn't mince his words.
Reid made his statement through his spokesperson, Adam Jentleson, and he even included links to prove his claims about Bannon being an anti-Semitic white nationalist:
President-elect Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his top aide signals that White Supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trump’s White House.
It is easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion when Trump appoints one of the foremost peddlers of White Supremacist themes and rhetoric as his top aide. Bannon was 'the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill,’ according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Sworn testimony in a court case alleged that Bannon committed violent domestic abuse and stated that he ‘didn’t want the girls [his children] going to school with Jews.’
He also linked to stories that were published at Breitbart under Bannon's watch including "Bill Kristol, Renegade Jew," "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy," and "The Solution To Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Just Log Off." Furthermore, Reid linked to an article by the Southern Poverty Law Center that details Bannon's past at the website that perpetuated lies about blacks and Muslims, as well as disdain for any non-white Americans.
This might not be the only response to Bannon's appointment, but it's one from the highest levels of power in Washington — even if Reid will soon be free to say and do what he wants from the safety of retirement. Bannon's supporters would of course care to differ, but one thing is clear, the country's white nationalists are excited.
They've gone on the record with CNN explaining that they see Bannon as an advocate for their policies. Case in point, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said on KFile, "It's good to see that he's sticking to the issues and the ideas that he proposed as a candidate. Now he's president-elect and he's sticking to it and he's reaffirming those issues." If those connected to the KKK endorsing something don't worry you, what will? Clearly, Trump is totally fine endorsing hatred to the power center of D.C. and the country.