Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday delivered a blistering rebuke of Donald Trump’s controversial appointment of Steve Bannon to the White House, accusing the President-elect Donald Trump of placing “a champion of white supremacists a step away from the Oval Office.”
Reid, in his first Senate floor speech since Trump won the White House, recounted the tales of children, immigrants and other Americans who are have been abused by Trump supporters in the last week.
“Many of our fellow Americans believe that Trump’s election validates the kind of bullying, aggressive behavior Trump modeled on a daily basis,” Reid said. “How can we teach our children that bragging about sexual assault is abhorrent if we rush into the arms of the man who dismissed it as ‘locker room talk’?”
“By placing a champion of white supremacists a step away from the Oval Office, what message does Trump send to the young girl who woke up Wednesday in Rhode Island afraid to be a woman of color in America?” he asked. “It’s not a message of healing,” the outgoing minority leader said.
Reid closed his remarks by telling Trump: “stop hiding behind his twitter account and show America that racism, bullying, and bigotry have no place in the White House, or in America.”
Bannon was announced on Sunday as Trump’s chief White House strategist, a move that prompted an avalanche of condemnation from both liberals and conservatives. As the head of Breitbart, Bannon steered the website toward the fringes of the right, championing nationalistic and anti-immigrant rhetoric. He once described it as “the platform for the alt-right.”