In the aftermath of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, caucuses representing 4 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.”