In the wake of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, caucuses representing four minority groups in the House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Trump calling for the sacking of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller and Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka.
The caucus group’s representing African Americans, Asians, Hispanics and progressives wrote that the ongoing presence in his administration of those three is emboldening a resurgent white supremacist movement in the U.S.
“Americans deserve to know that white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis are not in a position to influence U.S. policy,” says the letter sent yesterday. “In this time of tumult in our country, Americans deserve a leader that will bring us all together and denounce those who seek to tear us apart.”
The request to fire the three senior administration officials who have been behind some of Trump’s most controversial positions, including the ban on travel from half a dozen Muslim countries, follows on a mounting clamor to fire Bannon in particular.
A social media campaign called #FireBannon has been growing since the violence broke out in Virginia. Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed Bannon for Trump’s initial statement which did not mention hate groups including the KKK by name and instead blamed elements on all sides.
Pelosi said that “Bannon…is an alt-right white supremacist sympathizer and a shameless enforcer of those unamerican beliefs.”
If @realDonaldTrump is sincere about rejecting alt-right white supremacists sympathizers, he should start at the White House. #FireBannon pic.twitter.com/m2bfps3Q5g
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 14, 2017
Trump Faces Growing Pressure on Twitter to #FireBannon After Deadly White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville https://t.co/Mpi9W9jVgB
— People (@people) August 14, 2017
My sign tonight. #NYPL #FireBannon pic.twitter.com/OiYE1F7O00
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) August 14, 2017
While the sentiments are sincere, all of the groups calling for the removal of Bannon, and now the caucuses asking for others to be cut as well, are all individuals and groups that Trump will never consider part of his base. In the past that has meant he has ignored those who do not agree with him.
It would take tremendous pressure from all of these groups and a number of Republicans as well to get Trump to take any action. It will take some time to see if this is all just a reaction to what happened in Charlottesville, or if it is a real movement that even a tone deaf politician like Trump will understand requires positive action.
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