Count the Anti-Defamation League among those outraged by Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Steve Bannon as his senior advisor and chief strategist when he takes over the White House in January.
Bannon served as executive chairman of Breitbart News, an ultra-conservative outlet, before being name CEO of Trump’s campaign in August — an appointment that was also concerning to people.
“The ADL strongly opposes the appointment of Steve Bannon as senior advisor and chief strategist in the White House,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’ — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists — is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house.’”
“We call on President-elect Trump to appoint and nominate Americans committed to the well-being of all our country’s people and who exemplify the values of pluralism and tolerance that make our country great,” the statement continued.
Bannon’s ex-wife has accused him of making anti-Semitic comments during their marriage. Other critics point to Breitbart headlines that blatantly belittled groups of people. Some of the site’s greatest hits include the following:
BILL KRISTOL: REPUBLICAN SPOILER, RENEGADE JEW
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPORT: TRANNIES 49 XS HIGHER HIV RATE
THERE’S NO HIRING BIAS AGAINST WOMEN IN TECH, THEY JUST SUCK AT INTERVIEWS
BIRTH CONTROL MAKES WOMEN UNATTRACTIVE AND CRAZY
Former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro even accused the website of embracing “a movement shot through with racism and anti-Semitism” in a Washington Post op-ed published months after he quit the site.
His resignation, he said, by the site’s “attempts to smear its own reporter, Michelle Fields, in order to shield then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski against charges that he’d yanked her by the arm at a campaign event.”
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) November 14, 2016