PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Rep. Earl Blumenauer urged President-elect Donald Trump to change his mind about appointing a “white nationalist” as one of his closest advisers.
Blumenauer, the longtime Democratic representative for Oregon’s 3rd Congressional district, said in a release he found it “appalling and deeply troubling that President-elect Donald Trump has named a white nationalist to be one his closest advisors. There is no place for hate, discrimination, or bigotry in the White House. Mr. Trump should revoke the appointment of Steve Bannon immediately.”
Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News — known for its conservatism and ties to the alt-right movement — was the campaign chair for Trump’s presidential campaign.
The views of the alt-right are widely seen as anti-Semitic and white supremacist.
Blumenauer added he isn’t hiding his disdain for Trump, but he respects the office of president.
“If Donald Trump truly wants to lead and bring the country together to move forward, he needs to not only withdraw this appointment, but also apologize to the American people for the destruction and pain his campaign has caused. America deserves better,” the congressman said.