Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Over 15,000 Lawyers Sign Letter Opposing Steve Bannon’s Appointment In Trump Cabinet

Thousands of attorneys have signed a letter opposing Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor when he arrives at the White House.

The problem for the lawyers who signed the letter is Bannon's long history of making bigoted and racist comments, his documented anti-Semitism and the fact that he is a domestic abuser. There is also the problem that, even to his own admission, the Breitbart news site he ran has and still does traffic in white nationalism, homophobic and sexist content. Bannon has even gone as far as to say in recent interviews that his Breitbart site was ‘the platform for the alt-right

The more than 15,000 lawyers who signed the letter co-authored by Nancy Leong, associate professor at University of Denver law school, called on members of Congress to “take all possible measures” to make Trump “rescind his appointment of Mr. Bannon”...

"As attorneys, we swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. We committed to protect the institutions upon which our democracy depends. We committed to provide zealous representation for all our clients, regardless of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic. 
Mr. Bannon has demonstrated his opposition to the stable, democratic form of government that our profession embraces and strives to maintain. His words could not be more clear: “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too . . . I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” 

Leong wrote in an email to the media that what drove her to pen the letter was Bannon's contempt for longstanding governmental institutions which she and her peers believe has no place in such a crucial leadership position. The letter does not protest Bannon’s right to voice his views but it does vehemently disapprove of a person holding views such as Bannon's working at the highest levels of America’s democracy.

It is not relevant whether Bannon himself is a white supremacist, an anti-Semite, etc. He has shown himself willing to profit personally from a website that encourage those ideologies. That’s more than enough to demonstrate that he shouldn’t hold a key position in the White House.”  

Leong pointed out that many of the signatories to the letter were self-identied conservatives and libertarians and that the opposition of Bannon's appointment was not a partisan issue.”

Leong said she and letter organizers manually reviewed the signatories to make sure to only accept those who included their state bar affiliations. She said she planned to send the letter to members of Congress and the president-elect’s transition team on Tuesday. The organizers will continue to collect signatures and send additional signatures as an addendum.

Read the full letter HERE.

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