The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) exhorts President-Elect Trump to prove there is no room in the White House for hatred and bigotry by removing Steve Bannon from any role in the Trump Administration. In addition to his well-known embrace of white nationalism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry, Mr. Bannon is an accused domestic abuser. Police photographs which have been made public appear to support his then-wife’s claim that he grabbed her by the neck, evidenced by bruises. NCADV Executive Director, Ruth Glenn states, “Domestic abuse is a very serious, violent crime. People who serve in a position of power have a responsibility to be positive role models for younger generations. Mr. Bannon models only violence and hatred. If we as a nation are to ever realize zero tolerance of domestic violence, we must ensure that those advising or working to lead this nation, exhibit the same.”
NCADV is also concerned about reports that Frank Gaffney is a member of Mr. Trump’s transition team. Mr. Gaffney has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes.” We are heartened by Mr. Trump’s communications director’s statement that Mr. Gaffney is not part of the team, and we encourage Mr. Trump to stand by that decision.
We call on President-elect Trump to stand by his election night promise — to represent all Americans — and show his words mean action by removing Steven Bannon from any position in his administration, fostering a White House culture of tolerance and respect for all Americans (women, men and children) and celebrating diversity.