Pingree Issues Strong Statement on Appointment of Steve Bannon

US Congresswoman Chellile Pingree (D)

US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D)

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,625)

“”We’ve been asked to give President-elect Trump the benefit of the doubt, but I think this dispels any hopes that he would finally distance himself from people who promote hateful, racist scapegoating.

“Steve Bannon has a history of pedaling conspiracy theories from the far-right fringe as he slanders Jews, Muslims, immigrants, women, LGBT Americans and others while promoting white nationalism.  His presence will absolutely define the White House and like many Mainers, I’m absolutely horrified that he will play a critical role in the President’s new team.

“A majority of voters did not want Donald Trump to be President and many are rightfully scared about what his presidency will mean for their rights and lives.  If President-elect Trump and my Republican colleagues are serious about dispelling fears and unifying the country, Bannon’s appointment should be rescinded, wrote US Congresswoman Chellie Pingee (D) in a press release.