Congresswoman Nita Lowey (Rockland/Westchester) voiced strong opposition to the appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief White House strategist and senior counselor.
“This is a tenuous time in our country following a historic election that split the popular vote from the electoral college. If President-elect Trump wants to fulfill his promise of being a leader for all Americans, he must refrain from dividing us any further," Lowey said in a statement. "That is why I am profoundly concerned that one of the President-elect’s first appointments is Steve Bannon, a well-known supporter of alt-right, extremist ideology including white nationalism and anti-Semitism."
Bannon served as a Naval officer and a Goldman Sachs investment banker before taking over the politically conservative Breitbart News Network. He became chief executive officer of the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump in August.
Bannon was accused of anti-semetic sentiment by his ex-wife in court documents dating back to 2007. Bannon has denied the allegations.
“In the last week, we’ve already seen reports of rising vandalism and intimidation across the country including swastikas graffitied on schools and sidewalks – even in my own district on the Bronx River bike path. Not only is such behavior unacceptable, it must be universally denounced and stopped," Lowey said. "It is my sincere hope that the President-elect will recognize that words matter and do everything in his power to combat anti-Semitism, intolerance, and bigotry, including by replacing Bannon with a qualified candidate.”