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Petition To Block Steve Bannon From White House Sparks Avalanche Of Signatures

Shortly after Donald Trump’s appointment of known white nationalist Steve Bannon on Sunday, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a national organization dedicated to fighting back against hate and bigotry, launched a petition to protest his decision and declare that Bannon, who is a chairman at the Breitbart News Network, has “no business in the White House.”

Within hours, over 250,000 signed the petition, according to the organization. The effort condemns Bannon for publicly claiming that Breitbart is a “platform for the alt-right” ― a group of far-right white supremacists who aims to rebrand racism into a mainstream movement ― among other egregious acts.

“Donald trump has brought white nationalism unvarnished into the White House,” Mark Potok at senior fellow at the SPLC told The Huffington Post. “His first appointments to his cabinet have underlined how divisive he really is.”

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“We think the choice of Steve Bannon is a disaster,” Potok said, and warned that “there’s absolutely nothing that Trump’s record as a candidate that would suggest that he is going to try and unite us in any way.”

Potok hopes the petition will attract as many signatures as possible and that the president-elect will actually listen to the voice of the people.

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