While Symone Sanders – Bernie’s former communications director – said she appreciated the President-elect’s words during his “Thank You” tour speech in Ohio denouncing racism and bigotry, that still isn’t enough. “The people who needed to hear that message he said on 60 Minutes aren’t watching 60 Minutes,” she said.
Further, Sanders said that what is “jarring” for millions of people is the fact that Steve Bannon will be in the White House as Trump’s chief strategist. “We have put white supremacy in the White House, thanks to Donald Trump,” Sanders lamented, noting that Bannon ran the “white nationalist, white supremacist website Breitbart.”
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The people who needed to hear that message he said on 60 Minutes aren’t watching 60 Minutes. Again, kudos to Mr. Trump for saying what was written into his speech last night, but I agree with Terry here is that we need more.
“I wish that he would use those Twitter fingers he has used to attack everyone else to put his message out there on everything else he’s really passionate about, and speak directly to stopping the bigotry and hatred, and speak directly to denouncing the white supremacists and saying he does not want to associate himself with these type of things.
“But I also think actions matter. And I’m sorry, Steve Bannon ran the white nationalist, white supremacist website Breitbart that has a section called “Black Crime,” that has disparaged jews and women, and he is now going to be in the White House. We have put white supremacy in the White House, thanks to Donald Trump.”
“That is something that is very jarring for millions of Americans across the country. So we need words but we also need actions. Clearly, Steve Bannon isn’t going anywhere. So I’m just not sure what it’s going to take to move Donald Trump.”
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