The man behind some of Trump administration’s most hateful and bigoted policies has been forced out of the White House – and his critics couldn’t be happier.
The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect had been calling for former right-wing extremist Steve Bannon, the now former White House Chief Strategist, to be removed from his post since Trump’s election. It celebrated the victory, but recognized that the chief target remains in the White House.
OUR STATEMENT BELOW ON STEVE BANNON, WHOSE FIRING WE'VE CALLED FOR ALL YEAR. A filthy engine of hate leaves, but the ultimate hate remains. pic.twitter.com/XSSg7WPslu
— Anne Frank Center (@AnneFrankCenter) August 18, 2017
“This entire year, our organization has been calling for Steve Bannon to leave, so this is a victory – albeit limited because other hate remains in the White House,” said Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.
Steve Bannon has been a filthy engine powering the racism, Antisemitism, Islamophobia and the other viruses of prejudices of that have infected this Administration. He’s been one of the most insidious forces ever to serve in the White House. But he has not been the only problem. The President of the United States is the ultimate problem. President Trump has been destroying the moral soul of our nation by spewing hatred and enabling domestic terrorism, putting our nation as grave risk. The problem remains at hand, and today does not address it all.
Bannon, a co-founder of Breitbart News, had a short and controversial term in the White House. He was known for pushing a hardline protectionist trade agenda — derisively calling fellow Trump advisors “globalists” and leaking negative information about them to the press — and encouraging Trump to use populism to mask what has now manifested itself as white nationalism (as seen during the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville this past weekend).
Trump had been debating over whether to oust Bannon from his administration for two weeks, and had given Bannon an option to resign, but sources say he was fired.
In the spirit of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, the Anne Frank Center addresses civil and human rights across America.