Steve Bannon: appointment of ‘white nationalist’ must be reversed, critics declare

Progressive advocates and some politicians say selection of top adviser shows Trump intends to carry racism and antisemitism straight to the White House

Donald Trump was facing angry demands on Monday to reverse his appointment of a man accused of fanning the flames of neo-Nazism and white supremacy as his White House chief strategist.

The selection of Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of the far-right website Breitbart News and the CEO of Trumps presidential campaign, deepened the fears of liberal activists that the Trump administration would embolden and enable antisemites, racists and misogynists.

The president-elect also named Reince Priebus, a more mainstream Republican figure, as chief of staff, setting up the prospect of an internal power struggle between Priebus and Bannon.

Condemnation of Trumps decision was swift and widespread. US House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said of Bannons appointment: There must be no sugarcoating the reality that a white nationalist has been named chief strategist for the Trump administration.

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