Steve Bannon, chief strategist for President Trump, has been under attack lately. Although he’s faced opposition from liberals who called him a racist in the past, there is a renewed urgency to the calls for his removal or resignation of late.
Now, following the violent eruptions in Charlottesville that rocked the nation over the weekend, Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, says Bannon should go.
Liberal groups and media have accused the president of not calling out the riots as being caused by white nationalists on Saturday. Although the president quickly denounced the violence that was apparent “from all sides,” it wasn’t until Monday, after gaining a better picture of the events and those involved, that President Trump specifically called out white extremist factions.
According to Palomarez, the president’s response was “shallow, belated and feckless,” and somehow, he links his opinion to Bannon. Palomarez believes Bannon, the former CEO of Breitbart News, should not be in the White House.
“Denouncing white supremacy without equivocation and without reservation should have been a no-brainer for President Trump,” Palomarez said. “The blame here ultimately resides with President Trump, but so too should the president’s chief strategist take responsibility for offering an attentive ear to racism and bigotry and his history of proudly cultivating the so-called ‘alt right.’”
Palomarez feels that if the president “wishes to maintain any credibility with the Hispanic community and other minority communities, he needs to purge his administration of all those who disparage diversity and inclusivity.”
To Palomarez, that means firing one of the president’s closest advisors. “Firing Steve Bannon is the first step — and a needed step to begin the process of healing the bad feelings this administration has engendered,” Palomarez said.
Palomarez isn’t the first person to suggest Bannon is a problem. According to some reports, a senior-level staff member says some in the White House believe Bannon is behind the leaks targeting Trump’s national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster.
The rift between McMaster and Bannon is apparently rooted in conflicting ideology. As McMaster set about purging the National Security Council (NSC) of long-time Trump loyalists and kept holdovers from the Obama administration, Bannon and other White House members became concerned. As the two men continue to clash, sources say tensions are building between conservative Trump loyalists and McMaster.
On Monday, Anthony Scaramucci, the White House’s former communications director, told Stephen Colbert that if it were up to him, presidential adviser Steve Bannon would be gone from Trump’s administration. In an earlier interview, Scaramucci likewise suggested that Bannon is the source of at least some of the West Wing leaks, and he said that Bannon’s connection to Breitbart News is hurting the presidency.
Another source cited Bannon’s connection to Breitbart as a good reason to fire the strategist. Fox News’ CEO Rupert Murdoch has advised President Trump to fire Bannon, according to reports.
Murdoch’s advice stemmed from the allegations that Bannon may be the source of recent leaks to Breitbart. Reportedly, President Trump has been “irritated” by a series of negative articles written about McMaster by the adviser’s former news site, Breitbart.
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