It’s Time to Fire the White Nationalists in the White House

Hearing people discuss their shock over the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia can be pretty mind-boggling. Why is anyone surprised by the emboldened presence of white nationalists in this country? For crying out loud, they’ve already made it into the White House.

I’m talking key Trump administration figures like Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller. While these three men should have never found their way into the West Wing in the first place, the sooner they are terminated, the better.

Sign this petition encouraging President Donald Trump to kick out his white nationalist staffers once and for all.

The president’s initial response to the violence in Charlottesville was so meek on the neo-Nazi agitators that Trump’s own party criticized him for trying to avoid condemning his racist base. Americans have seen their leader repeatedly vilify Muslims and immigrants, so it’s not as if he’s generally afraid to call out his enemies.

Still, it’s easy to see how Trump’s speech wound up blaming people “on many sides” rather than directing ire at white nationalists his own advisors who help craft those words share many of the views as these bigoted demonstrators.

If Trump wants to send a clear message that he doesn’t support this kind of hate after all, his best move is to get rid of the most racist people in his administration:

1. Steve Bannon

Bannon was best known for running the notorious “alt-right” (a euphemism for white nationalism) website Breitbart, which features positive stories about open racists and Nazi sympathizers. On a personal level, he frequently recommends a book, The Camp of Saints, that’s popular pretty much exclusively with white supremacist crowds. He also reportedly demanded that his ex-wife not enroll their kids in a school with too many Jewish students.

2. Sebastian Gorka

Gorka has known ties to a Nazi group in Hungary, and though he’s denied involvement with this group, he wore a medal with the group’s symbol to Trump’s inauguration. Gorka, an unsubtle Islamophobe, recently dismissed the notion that white nationalists pose a terrorism threat in America, too. He told a reporter, “It’s this constant, ‘Oh it’s the white man, it’s the white supremacists that’s the problem.’ No, it isn’t.”

3. Stephen Miller

Before Miller started his job as an influential Trump aide, unapologetic white nationalist Richard Spencer claimed to have mentored him. That’s not the only spotty part of his past: back in high school, Miller had a reputation for harassing non-white students, then in college, he wrote articles claiming that systemic racism doesn’t exist and that multiculturalism is bad. He’s more recently been trotted around to defend Trump’s most racist immigration ideas.

 

All three men have got to go, and the timing has never been better to force some staff turnover. With the heat on the administration to drop its white nationalist ties following Charlottesville, this could be our best shot at convincing Trump to get rid of his most deplorable employees.

So, please, sign this new Care2 petition calling for the ousting of Bannon, Gorka and Miller. There’s no guarantee that the Trump administration will ever be respectable, but it can only get better with these known bigots finally out of the White House.

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