Congressman Tim Ryan Harshly Rebukes the Hate and Bigotry of Trump’s Appointments

Nov 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan harshly rebuked the hate and bigotry of Donald Trump’s presidential appointments, including Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor, and Steve Bannon as Chief White House Strategist.

“It’s incredibly disappointing that Donald Trump has chosen to continue the divisiveness of his campaign by appointing to his administration open racists, xenophobes, and misogynists,” Ryan said. “If we are going to bring the country together, there can be no place in the White House for an Attorney General who opposes civil rights, a National Security Advisor who spreads fear about an entire religion, and a Chief White House Strategist who gives a platform to the hatred and bigotry of the alt-right. Let me be clear: Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, and Steve Bannon will never be welcomed in my office if I am elected Minority Leader; and I will fight every day to prevent the Trump Administration’s destructive ideas from tearing our country further apart.”   

Sessions has called the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a “piece of intrusive legislation” and was rejected from a federal judgeship by a Republican-controlled Senate because of the testimony by former colleagues that he was a racist. 

Flynn is an ardent Islamophobe who urges Americans to be fearful of Muslims, lies about the spread of Sharia law in the United States, and advocates ignoring Vladimir Putin’s human rights abuses in order to work with him on defeating Islamic militants.

As executive chairman of Breitbart News, Bannon is the leader of the alt-right movement and its xenophobic, misogynistic, and racist ideology. Bannon’s ex-wife has also sworn during testimony that he refused to allow their children to go to school with Jews.