Caucuses representing four minority groups in the House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Donald Trump. They want Trump to sack the 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.”
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed Bannon for the president’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.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 14, 2017
— People (@people) August 14, 2017
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) August 14, 2017
Groups are calling for Bannon to step out and now, these powerful people are asking for his head too.
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.