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Quigley Statement on Naming of Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist

Nov 14, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement on the announcement that Steve Bannon will be Chief Strategist for President-elect Trump’s White House:

“In the aftermath of such a long, tumultuous campaign, it is the responsibility of President-elect Trump to foster a sense of unity that brings Americans together instead of pulling us further apart. However, Trump’s decision to name Steve Bannon his Chief Strategist sends a very different message to the American people. This disturbing choice demonstrates that the next Commander-in-Chief remains unwilling to abandon the hateful and divisive vision that he laid out during his campaign.

I strongly condemn the appointment of a white nationalist to the position of Chief Strategist in the next White House administration, and I will continue my efforts in Congress to defend equality and opportunity for all – regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. President-elect Trump has said that he wants to be a President for all Americans. If that is true, he must surround himself with individuals that adhere to our highest principles and values as a nation. The forces of hate and influence of bigotry have no place in the hallowed halls of our government.”