There has been unprecedented opposition to president-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist. In a matter of days, millions of people have signed petitions asking Congress to put a stop to this already-racist-enough budding administration. Why? It might be because he has said that Breitbart.com is a “platform for the alt-right,” the neo-fascist, white supremacist movement. It might be that.
Now, attorneys all over the country are writing a letter petitioning Congress to do the same thing. How many you ask? Approximately 11,000 attorneys since the writing of this article, and counting! They’re speaking up against his hateful, dangerous rhetoric, and highlighting the incendiary threats Bannon has expressed prior to his appointment:
Mr. Bannon has demonstrated his opposition to the stable, democratic form of government that our profession embraces and strives to maintain. His words could not be more clear: ‘Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too . . . I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.’ This contempt for our longstanding governmental institutions has no place in a crucial leadership position.
Bannon’s thinly veiled promises of conflict and potential war are a significant threat to the stability of this country now that he has been appointed as Trump’s Chief Strategist. There is no strategy in “destroy all of today’s establishment,” only seditious anarchy. That’s who is now going to be sitting next to the most unstable, narcissistic presidents this country has ever seen. Perhaps they bonded over their mutual affinity for misogyny–Breitbart has no problem publicly referring to gay women as “dykes” and Trump has admitted to being a sexual predator. But I digress (and threw up in my mouth a little as I wrote that.)
The letter echoes sentiments heard around the world:
Through Breitbart, Mr. Bannon has intentionally legitimized racism, anti-Semitism, and other hate-based ideologies. Such bigotry runs counter to the values enshrined in the Constitution we promised to defend. Indeed, it threatens democracy itself by undermining the equality of all citizens.
And yes, his appointment (like Trump’s election has proven) threatens the survival of what is left of our democracy. It not only accepts, but actively embraces violence and hatred towards all minorities in America. It perpetuates the culture of xenophobia and ignorance and misinformation – NOT something America should be chanting “We’re #1” to the latest hate crimes.
A trigger-happy uninformed racist, Bannon threatens any chance of unifying the country. Rather, he represents the logical conclusion of a Civil War that never really ended; a general leading the charge for a regressive world that exists only in the fever dreams that haunt the fearful denizens of the alt-right.
While some may argue that Bannon has the freedom of speechifying and expressing all his lies, the letter point outs that his
“extreme and hateful views do not belong in the White House. This is not a partisan issue… white supremacy and political insurgency contradicts everything we stand for as attorneys and as Americans.”
America has come a long way; after all, gay marriage, a black man in the white house; dogs and cats, living together in sin. But what Trump has done is to build not a bridge to those who fear his very existence, but to those who would undermine the progress that our diverse melting pot of cultures and experiences entails. Americans draw strength from our diversity–together we have woven a rich, and powerful tapestry where difference isn’t to be feared, but celebrated. Our country still does. But it is under attack–no, we are under attack. Please – if you are an attorney, or know any, forward this letter on to them for more signatures. Lawyers have significant clout (compared to us regular citizens)!
Let us hope all our voices are heard by Congress.