Senate Dems to Trump: Fire Bannon
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A growing number of Senate Democrats are demanding that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE fire Stephen Bannon, arguing he should not be given a White House position. 

"We call on President-elect Trump to exclude the proponents of discrimination and hatred from the ranks of his administration, and that includes immediately firing Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist," said Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyDemocrats revive filibuster fight over voting rights bill Senate backers of new voting rights bill push for swift passage Stacey Abrams backs Senate Democrats' voting rights compromise MORE (D-Ore.). "It is time for Donald Trump to act boldly ... to put the nation on a path of healing." 
Merkley, as well as Democrat Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSanders says spending plan should be .5T 'at the very least' Senators call on Taiwan for aid in automotive chip shortage Photos of the Week: Infrastructure vote, India floods and a bear MORE (Mich.), Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal Six Democrats blast Energy Department's uranium reserve pitch Facebook draws lawmaker scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens MORE (Mass.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Hillicon Valley: Facebook tightens teen protections | FBI cautions against banning ransomware payments | Republicans probe White House-social media collaboration MORE (Hawaii) and Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen (Md.), spoke to reporters during a press conference next to a sign that read "Fire Bannon." 
Stabenow argued that picking Bannon as a chief strategist and senior counselor is the "wrong message" after a contentious presidential election. 
"This is someone who has expressed racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT sentiments," said Stabenow, a member of Senate Democratic leadership. "This is someone whose views do not belong in the White House." 
Merkley also launched a petition urging supporters to "tell Trump: Fire Steve Bannon."  
Democrats argue Bannon's appointment goes against Trump's pledge during his victory speech that he would work with Democrats and reach out to voters who did not support him. 
Markey said Tuesday that appointments like Bannon "will forever poison the well with Congress and the American people" after Democrats offered a tentative olive branch to Trump.
Trump's transition team announced Sunday his pick of Bannon to serve as his chief strategist alongside Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman who was named White House chief of staff. 
GOP lawmakers have generally avoided discussing Bannon, the Breitbart News executive who served as Trump's campaign chairman, while other Trump advisers have defended him.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said people should look at Bannon's entire career, which includes stints on Wall Street, in the Navy and in Hollywood.
“He has got a Harvard business degree. He’s a naval officer. He has success in entertainment,” Conway told reporters Monday in Trump Tower, according to The New York Times. She also called him a “brilliant tactician.”
Bannon has repeatedly attacked Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). But Ryan shrugged off questions about Bannon at a press conference earlier on Tuesday, saying it was time to "look forward."