Hirono joins Democrats calling for Trump to fire Bannon
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Hirono joins Democrats calling for Trump to fire Bannon

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    In this Nov. 5 photo, Stephen Bannon, campaign CEO for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, looks on as Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Denver.

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    From left: Sen.-elect Christopher Van Hollen (D-Md) with Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Ed Markey (D-Ma.) during a news conference calling on president-elect Donald Trump to drop Stephen Bannon from his administration on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday.

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U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono called on President-elect Donald Trump to rescind his job offer to Stephen Bannon, saying the recent Breitbart News chief had “demeaned women, advocated for white supremacy and promoted anti-Semitism.”

Trump announced on Sunday that he had tapped Bannon to be his chief strategist and senior counselor in the White House, setting off a furor among Democrats and organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League concerned about the content on the Breitbart News website and its following among those associated with the “alt right” movement, including white nationalists.

Hirono’s remarks came during a Tuesday press conference in Washington D.C. with Democratic colleagues, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen of Maryland that included a sign that read: “Fire Bannon.”

“I represent the state of Hawaii, one of the most racially and culturally diverse states in the entire country, and since the election I have said that we should judge the president-elect by his actions and decisions,” Hirono told reporters, according to a video of her remarks. “Presidents send clear messages about their intentions by who they appoint to senior positions and the appointment of Steve Bannon is a pretty clear message to us. What Steve Bannon believes is not a mystery — he has demeaned women, advocated for white supremacy and promoted anti-Semitism.”

Bannon has come under fire for public comments he has made over the years, but the content on the Breitbart News website has sparked the most concern. Bannon was executive chairman of Breitbart News before joining the Trump campaign in August. The news site published stories under his leadership with headlines such as “Lesbian Bridezillas Bully Bridal Shop Over Religious Beliefs” and “Clinton VP Pick Tim Kaine’s Islamist Ties.” A story earlier this month was headlined, “Tim Kaine Cheers End of White Majority in Spanish Address.”

The site has also published inflammatory stories about immigrants spreading diseases such as leprosy and bubonic plague and argued that immigrants should face a religious test to enter the United States. Hirono, an immigrant herself, pointed to such content as particularly offensive.

“Quite frankly, it is sad that we are having a debate about whether a white supremacist should serve as a senior counselor to the president elect,” said Hirono.

Trump’s allies have come to Bannon’s defense in national news outlets, noting that Bannon didn’t write the articles on the website and arguing that he isn’t anti-Semitic or a white supremacist.

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  • So……….this article brings eyeballs to the ads…..Trump should invite a Democrate to fill this job and then step back to see what would happen………..peace, love and happiness?

    Power to da people, stick it to da Man.

    • Hirono is right: there are many qualified Republicans to advise trump. No need to inflame the public or to employ a crazed hack. Trump really shows his lack of talent, experience and intellect.

    • Trump is not changing his ways. He’s forgotten his campaign promises, which he never meant to fulfill in the first place. That’s the way he ran his business, and that’s the kind of president he’ll be. He got lucky that he ran against an opponent with as much credibility issues as he does.

      Trump isn’t changing.

      • He’s not even sworn in yet, one week, and your crystal ball says it all! Too bad it read the entire election wrong, kind of like you! The Dem’s did this to themselves and you are just as bad as they are. Maize has done nothing but butter up to Obama. Next election will be very interesting.

    • May be Mazie never officially became an American citizen? Maybe Dan Inouye fixed the paperwork for her? The ghost of the late great Dan Inouye is not going to save her in the next election. Just about anyone could beat her. How about John Waihee? As for our AJAs, there is no more racist group than our own AJAs – just ask any native Hawaiian who goes up against them in court or anywhere in Hawaii……..

  • What is she going to say if Rep Keith Ellison becomes DNC Chair. He’s a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and has ties to the co-conspirator anti-Isreal group CAIRE…

  • Why can’t she be happy just collecting her government check? Guaranteed re-election from Hawaii voters means she doesn’t have to do anything……..just collect the check……..like she’s been doing all along………why stir up stuff now?????

  • This has as much relevance as Schatz saying that a FOX news humorist be banned from Hawaii. These Dems from Hawaii take the most ludicrous stances that make them look small and idiotic.

    • Agree. They have ZERO influence but try desperately to make themselves relevant when they are not. I hope Trump and Bannon are vindictive, which they are and direct his new FTA head to save money and take back the over $2 billion in federal funds for the Oahu rail project after an audit shows rampant waste, graft, corruption and incompetence. Although not intentional, Mazie might actually be doing a good thing for Hawaii residents.

  • Mazie is right. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart News created news sections such as ‘Black Crime’ and compared the work of Planned Parenthood, providing health care to women AND men to the Holocaust. Under his leadership, Breitbart News ran this headline following the massacre of nine church-goers at an African American church in Charleston: ‘Hoist it high and proud: The Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage.’ He called conservative commentator Bill Kristol a ‘renegade Jew.’ Steve Bannon bears substantial responsibility for the open and disgusting acts of hatred that are sweeping across our nation.

    • Wow, one incident compared to the media that is so blue it stinks. You don’t mention the lies of Reid and his cronies. “What goes around comes around”, and the Dem’s are getting theirs now. Can’t wait for Maize’s bid for reelection, the proof will come to the forefront. Get over it and get on board with helming to repair america from the last 8 years!

  • Mazie and her Democrat camp-followers are suffering severe mental and emotional breakdowns from Trump’s crushing of Hillary Clinton in the election. I am loving it.

  • ….I know this lady is 4 cans short of a “six Pack”,but can someone text Mazie Hirono with last Tuesday’s Vote results? And please tell her,they Lost!
    I mean this is so ludicrous ! It’s the same game the Democrats used on President Trump,being associated with the KKK,when actually it’s the other way around!
    Is it me?
    Since when do Losers dictate or pick and choose who the president-elect chooses to be in his staff?……..it’s not like President Donald Trump is a Democrat!____ Thank God for that!lol.
    The Democrats have a lot more to worry about,if they expect to get anything passed in the senate?
    So i suggest: Mazie are you listening? Let’s try getting along with the Republican Controlled House and the Republican controlled Senate and Our Newly elected Republican President Elect…..President Trump.And get along! You’re not making things any better

    So I say ,Suck it up and live to fight another day.
    As the New Yorkers say , “Forget about it”.

  • Bannon rocks!
    Maybe Hirono could call for the Harry Reid to step down for his false accusations and baseless innuendo, but we all know being a Democrat means never having to say you are sorry.
    With Pelosi still at the helm of the Democratic Party – it will be easy to watch the continuing crash and burn of all things liberal.
    What a joy to behold!!!

  • will quigg, grand dragon of the california kkk, endorsed the hippocrat female felon who never rejected his endorsement.

    senator robert byrd, a kkk ranking member, was the hippocrat female felon’s mentor on politics.

    trump never accepted any endorsements from the kkk nor is he a white power advocate.

    laze is ignorantly spouting democrat brown shirt propaganda of hate and fear.

  • Right ! Tell you what Mazzie, you step down from your position and then we talk to Trump .

    In the words of the worst president in American history “Elections have consequences !”

  • Right. Name ONE time in the past 8 years, that The Incompetent One EVER lent an ear to anyone who was in disagreement with his policies. The hypocrisy of Democrats is on display for the world to see. How absurd to think that Trump would actually entertain and oblige their demands. “To the Victors go the spoils.” How does it feel to stand in OUR shoes for a change?

  • Hirono, as with all the other Hawaii Congressional senator and representatives, should just SHADDUP and go along as they are really non-entities within Congress.
    They have no power or say over anything and if anything, Trump could easily CRUSH Hawaii’s congressional delegation from anything worthwhile within Congress etc. Nothing more and nothing less.

  • Perhaps Lazy Mazie should spend more time doing things for Hawaii rather than making unnecessary comments about Trumps appointments. The important
    people have made their comments already. Who does she think that she is pipping off her big mouth about things that are way over her head. She is just ” playing ” to
    her colleagues . She is useless and perhaps the voters in Hawaii will let her know at the next election.

  • Pathetic…These senators are just pandering to their voter base to pretend that they are doing their jobs. Get to work and do something for Hawaii, Mazie!!!! Why do we keep voting these types of politicians in. SMH