Conservative Movement Calls on Trump to Rescind Bannon Nomination

'Any appointment made by a U.S. president or president-elect must by definition exclude individuals who promote ideas that are antithetical to the values of our country,' the statement said.

People protest against the appointment of white nationalist alt-right media mogul, former Breitbart News head Stephen Bannon, to be chief strategist of the White House by president-elect Donald Trump near City Hall in Los Angeles on November 16, 2016.
People protest against the appointment of white nationalist alt-right media mogul, former Breitbart News head Stephen Bannon, near City Hall in Los Angeles on November 16, 2016. AFP / David McNew

The Conservative movement and its member organizations issued a joint statement Friday calling on President-elect Donald Trump to rescind his appointment of Stephen K. Bannon as his chief strategist as senior counselor.

In recent days, the Jewish American community has been split over whether to speak out against Trump, and in particular, his controversial appointment of Bannon, a well-known radical right-winger and founder and former CEO of right-wing news website Breitbart.

"Stephen K. Bannon who, as head of the Breitbart News site, trafficked in white nationalism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and misogyny," the Conservative movement wrote in their statement. "Breitbart is an outlet for the alt-right, a movement that is contrary to both our American and Jewish values."

"We further affirm that any appointment made by a U.S. president or president-elect must by definition exclude individuals who promote ideas that are antithetical to the values of our country," the statement continued.

Trump's appointment of Bannon has raised the ire of many American Jews due to Bannon's alleged past anti-Semitic comments. Bannon's ex-wife stated in a 2007 court filing that he didn't want their daughters to go to an elite Los Angeles school because "he didn't want the girls going to school with Jews." 

169 House Democrats have since signed a letter protesting Bannon's appointment, calling on Trump to rescind the appointment. Former Anti-Defamation League head Abraham Foxman has said he will not attend the Zionist Organization of America's gala dinner on Sunday due to Bannon's scheduled attendance.

Several Jews, including Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, have come to Bannon's defense, calling him a "passionate Zionist" and "true friend of Israel."