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He picked who?!

by Suzanne Bonamici

Since the election, many concerned Oregonians have been calling my offices with concerns and sometimes fear. Please know that I hear you, and I will keep fighting for our shared values and priorities at every turn.

But I'm going to need your help!

Now is not a time to be silent. We must raise our voices and fight bigotry and racism in our nation – particularly in the White House.

After the election, President-elect Trump said he wanted to work to unite our country, but he’s already set a horrible precedent by appointing known racists to his cabinet and team.

He appointed Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. Who is Steve Bannon? Until very recently, he was the head of the website, Breitbart News, a platform for the "alt-right,” racism, Islamophobia, sexism, and white nationalism.

Trump chose General Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor. He’s a man who tweeted that “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL” and said that “Islam is a political ideology” rather than a religion.

And he wants Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be his Attorney General. Who is he? A man whose long history of racism is so stark that even a GOP-led Senate Committee would not support him as a federal judge, and who supports Trump’s so-called plan to build a wall and call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

We cannot stay quiet about this. I've started by joining a group of 169 members of Congress calling on Trump to rescind the Bannon appointment, and I'm expressing vehement opposition to Sessions and Flynn.

I’m asking you to join me. Please share my Facebook post condemning these unacceptable members of President-elect Trump’s team!

People are rightly concerned about the future. We can find common ground in Congress and work together to build an economy that works for families, makes college more affordable, and allows people retire with dignity. But we cannot tolerate bigotry. We must stand up to those who foster intolerance and hatred.

I cannot predict what President-elect Trump will do next, but I can tell you what I will do - I will continue to stand up for the American values of equality and human dignity. I will keep fighting for marginalized communities across our country. And first, I’m calling on President-elect Trump to start over and fill these very critical jobs with people who are worthy of the position.

Posted on November 20, 2016.