November 14, 2016

Washington, D.C. – President-elect Donald Trump yesterday hired as his chief strategist and senior advisor Stephen Bannon, the former CEO of Breitbart News, which represented views of white nationalists, anti-Semites and racists. The National Jewish Democratic Council released the following statement:                              

“Enough is enough. We had planned to withhold judgment on the president-elect, giving him time to make his administration appointments, but his choice of Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior advisor is wrong. As CEO of Breitbart News, Bannon gave voice to white supremacists and the alt-right. His racism and anti-Semitism have no place in the White House, and he must step down. 

“We cannot allow Donald Trump’s alliance with the alt-right to be normalized. Under any other U.S. administration, the selection of someone who, as the ADL said, ‘Presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’ – a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists’ – would have been unacceptable.

“We fear, however, that Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon is just the first appointment of many individuals who have engaged in, or at least, tolerated anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia. Our community must not adjust our standards in the face of the unprecedented nature of a Trump administration. Republican leaders like Bill Kristol and John Weaver have expressed their concern. We all have a responsibility to speak out.”