Donald Trump announced that he wants to hire Stephen Bannon as his Chief Strategist. What’s the problem with that? Stephen Bannon himself said when he left Breitbart, “We’re the platform for the alt-right.”1 The Alt-right has a well-known philosophy based on white supremacy, this means that Donald Trump wants to hire someone who hates immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ people, Black people, Jewish people — to name a few — to be the person who helps him create strategy for his administration.
As the highest ranking person in Congress, Speaker Paul Ryan has the responsibility to make sure due diligence is done for every person appointed or hired to help run our country. The Latinx community is about to face one of the most repressive moments in our history in the US, with Donald Trump promising to deport at least 3 million of us,2 and Stephen Bannon is only confirmation that he is committed to persecuting and criminalizing our communities.
Speaker Ryan said, “We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump’s not planning on that,”3 The proof is in the pudding, he needs to show us and the country that we’re not going to be hunted down in our homes, workplaces, and in the streets. We demand he does everything in his power to block Stephen Bannon, a white supremacist, from becoming one of the highest-ranking staffers inside the White House.
Thank you for all you do and ¡adelante!
– Matt, Favianna, Oscar, Erick, Reetu, Erica and the Presente.org team. http://presente.org/
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1. “Here’s Why It’s Fair—and Necessary—to Call Trump’s Chief Strategist a White Nationalist Champion.” Mother Jones. November 14, 2016.
2. “It’s jail or deportation for 3 million migrants without papers, says Donald Trump.” Times of India. November 14, 2016.
3. “Ryan: ‘We are not planning on erecting a deportation force’.” CNN Politics. November 13, 2016.