Dems celebrate Bannon's exit
© Greg Nash

Democrats are cheering the news that Stephen Bannon is out as White House chief strategist.

Bannon has long been one of the least-liked figures in the White House on the left, and many Democrats have criticized his influence.

Democrats have ripped the former leader of Breitbart News for promoting nationalist policies that they see as thinly disguised racism.

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At the same time, several Democrats questioned whether Bannon's ouster would really change the White House or Trump's policies.

 

"Steve Bannon's firing is welcome news, but it doesn’t disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement.

"President Trump's growing record of repulsive statements is matched by his repulsive policies. Personnel changes are worthless so long as President Trump continues to advance policies that disgrace our cherished American values," she said.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said he was happy that Bannon would be gone but that the departure "cannot wash away the harm he and the president have done."

"It can't reverse the Muslim Ban. It can't reverse the President's inappropriate attacks on a Federal judge of Mexican heritage. And it can't reverse the White House's reluctance to denounce white supremacists," Cicilline said in a statement. 

Other House Democrats chimed in with similar messages.

 

 

Bannon's departure comes nearly a week after white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, spurring violence with counterprotesters. 

Various Democrats were quick to incorporate the events in Charlottesville in their reactions to Bannon, who was seen as a prominent voice in the white supremacist community, leaving. 

Bannon's departure comes after speculation swirled that his future at the White House was up in the air. 

The president garnered backlash from Republicans and Democrats alike for his reaction to Charlottesville, which was seen as an attempt to appease white nationalists and other far-right extremist groups.