Congressman blasts Steve Bannon, calling him a racist that doesn’t belong in the White House.
Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), blasted Steve Bannon during a Friday interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur.
Jeffries, who represents New York’s 8th congressional district, was discussing the controversy raging in the wake of Trump’s Thursday press conference in which he asked black journalist April Ryan if she knew anyone from the CBC and could set up a meeting.
The CBC took to their Twitter account shortly after those remarks, tweeting that they had already sent Trump a letter requesting a meeting but had received no reply.
— The CBC (@OfficialCBC) February 16, 2017
Asked about Trump’s request that Ryan set up a meeting with the CBC, Jeffries told Tur: “It was very strange, but he’s done a lot of strange things over the last 28 days, and hopefully some of his advisers have informed him that one, a letter has already been sent to him and that we’re looking forward to an open dialogue.”
“Steve Bannon, however, should not be in room,”
Tur followed up, asking “Why not?”
“Well listen, he’s a stone cold racist and a white supremacist sympathizer,” Jeffries replied, adding “It would be hard for me to participate in any meeting with Steve Bannon that normalizes his presence in the White House. Beyond that, we’ll have to see.”