Harry Reid to Trump: Rescind Steve Bannon's appointment and 'rise to the dignity of the office'

Sen. Harry Reid.
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In his first Senate floor speech since Election Day, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that in order to prove he wants to bring the country together, Donald Trump must rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior adviser.

Bannon is the former head of right-wing Breitbart News, and his appointment energized people like former KKK leader David Duke and the American Nazi Party. Bannon is a "champion of white supremacists," Reid said, and by naming him as a top aide, Trump is not sending a "message of healing." He urged Trump to "take responsibility" and "rise to the dignity of the office — president of the United States — instead of hiding behind your Twitter account. Show America that racism, bullying, and bigotry have no place in the White House or in America."

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