Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerGingrich: Schumer position on Supreme Court 'indefensible' Top Dem comes out against Tillerson ahead of key vote Democrats and the boycott of Trump's inauguration MORE (D-N.Y.) is joining in on the fierce criticism of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRubio to vote for Tillerson WSJ editorial: Trump looks 'small and insecure' Trump vows to cut taxes for businesses MORE’s decision to appoint Stephen Bannon as a top aide, vowing to stand up to any signs of bigotry from the White House.
"If allies or aides to the president say anything that demeans a group of Americans, we won’t hesitate for a moment to demand that our new president condemn those comments,” Schumer reportedly said. “And already we have reason to. Steve Bannon’s appointment to a senior White House post signals that many of his dangerous and bigoted ideas will have a seat at the table in the White House."
"We will be watching,” the New York Democrat added. “And everyone here will be ready to actively stand up for one another if ever one group is attacked."
Schumer promised to “respect the office of the presidency,” Politico reported, but vowed to respond if the incoming president "says anything that demeans women, or Muslims or Latinos or our friends in the LGBT community.”
Democrats and even some conservative pundits have blasted Trump this week for announcing Bannon, the head of Breitbart News, as his chief strategist in the White House. Bannon also served as the chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign in the final months of the race.