Bannon appointment ripped by anti-discrimination groups

Anti-discrimination groups are ripping President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE for naming former Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon his chief strategist and senior counselor.

The Southern Poverty Law Center released a statement Monday saying that Bannon's appointment goes "directly against Trump's pledge to be a president to 'all Americans.' "

"Bannon has a long history of bigotry," the group wrote. "He has insinuated that African-Americans are 'naturally aggressive and violent' and under his leadership, Breitbart’s publishing strategy turned to one that has made it the media arm of the racist Alternative-Right movement, publishing articles promoting popular white nationalist tropes such as 'black on white crime' and that 'rape culture' is inherent in Islam."  

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The group posted its statement in a tweet that also read "Steve Bannon has no business in the White House."

The Anti-Defamation League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations also released statements condemning Trump's appointment of Bannon on Monday.

“Stephen Bannon, a man who led a media empire into becoming what a former Breitbart editor called ‘a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers,’ simply has no business in the White House," a tweet from the Anti-Defamation League read.

"In July, Bannon boasted that Breitbart News was ‘the platform for the alt-right’. The alt-right as we know, is simply a rebranding of white nationalism and is the energy behind the avalanche of racist and Semitic harassment that plagued social media platforms for the entire presidential campaign. Once the news of Bannon’s appointment hit white supremacist websites last night, forums like Storefront erupted in celebration."

In the Council on American-Islamic Relations statement, Executive Director Nihad Awad said, "We urge President-elect Trump to reconsider this ill-advised appointment if he truly seeks to unite Americans."

Bannon was a top adviser to Trump during his campaign.