Barbara Lee wants Steve Bannon off National Security Council

Rep. Barbara Lee voiced displeasure with Steve 
Bannon’s appointment at a town hall Saturday.

13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
East Bay Rep. Barbara introduced a House bill Tuesday that seeks to remove Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief political strategist, from his position on the National Security Council.

“Steve Bannon’s bigoted ideology threatens the security of our nation and our international standing. As a permanent member of the National Security Council, Steve Bannon not only politicizes our national security–he endangers it,” said Lee.

“Through this appointment, President Trump has given a white nationalist the power to inflict his morally bankrupt vision on the world. If the Trump Administration won’t act on this threat to our national security, Congress must,” Lee continued. “We cannot allow white nationalists to undermine the safety of the American people. Steve Bannon must go.”

House Resolution 140 is unlikely to attract much support in Congress outside of moral support from her progressive allies, but Lee has voiced displeasure recently with Bannon, a former Breitbart News executive known for inflaming the passions of far-right readers during the Obama administration.

At a town hall in Oakland last weekend, Lee briefly mentioned Bannon and called for his removal from the Security Council. The suggestion elicited wild applause among the estimated 1,500 constituents, mostly aligned with Lee’s progressive ideology. East Bay Reps. Eric Swalwell and Mark DeSaulnier also support the resolution, as of Tuesday.

Trump’s decision to elevate Bannon for his perch on the political side of the White House to the National Security Council raised some eyebrows last January. “His standing invitation to attend the meetings erodes the impartial function of the Council,” according the resolution. “It is unprecedented to have such a partisan or high-level figure on the National Security Council.”

Aside from describing Bannon’s Breitbart News as an “alt-right” web site popular with white supremacists and other political extremists, Lee’s resolution also refers to a end of civilizations theory that reportedly governs Bannon’s guiding principles, according to a profile in Time this month.

“Steve Bannon has also espoused a false theory of a violent clash of civilizations between the West and Islam that only serves to fuel violent extremism.”

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