169 U.S. Reps Ask President-Elect Trump to Reverse Bannon Appointment

Nov 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. was among 169 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who today sent a letter requesting President-elect Donald Trump rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist. No Republican members of the House signed the letter.

In the letter, the members wrote: “Immediately following your victory, many Americans were optimistic and hopeful that you would take the steps necessary to unify our country following the divisive and contentious election.  In your election night speech you said, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division.  It is time for us to come together as one united people.”  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.  As elected representatives of millions of Americans from diverse backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities, we strongly urge you to reconsider your decision to appoint Mr. Bannon to White House Chief Strategist.”  

A PDF version of the full letter, including a list of signers, can be viewed here.