Several Senate Democrats are calling on President-elect Donald Trump to fire chief strategist Steve Bannon from his incoming administration. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: White supremacists and neo-Nazis have rarely, if ever, in recent history been so enthusiastic about a presidential appointment as Donald Trump's choice of Steve Bannon to be his chief White House strategist. Before he took over as chief executive of Trump's campaign in August and led it to victory last week, Bannon headed Breitbart News, a website and voice for the alt-right movement, a loose right-wing confederation that includes hardcore nationalists, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites. Five days after Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump rewarded Bannon, 62, a former Goldman Sachs banker and a Navy veteran, by appointing him senior counselor and chief strategist - jobs not subject to U.S. Senate confirmation. Democrats, rights activists and minority groups were outraged and said Trump, himself accused of racism and misogyny during the campaign, had just flung open the White House doors to hatemongers. Many urged him to reconsider. "Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon is the absolute wrong message to send to Americans today," Senator Debbie Stabenow said at a news conference on Tuesday. "This is someone who has expressed racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT sentiments and on and and on. This is someone whose views do not belong in the White House," Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, said. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also denounced Bannon.