Donald Trump's decision to seat extremist, white nationalist Steve Bannon on the National Security Council, while downgrading the standing of our military and intelligence leaders, is dangerous for America and the world.
Congress must be a check on this dangerous politicization of our nation's security and immediately pass legislation or take other action to keep Steve Bannon off the National Security Council.
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The National Security Council (NSC) is supposed to be a group of the president's most senior military, diplomatic, and intelligence advisors. Yet under a directive issued by Donald Trump, Steve Bannon – his top advisor who is an extremist, anti-Muslim, white nationalist, anti-Semitic, and an alleged domestic abuser – has been appointed to the inner circle of the NSC, while the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence have been pushed aside.
This move is unheard of. Presidents have not previously put political advisors on the Council because politics should never impact national security decisions. And Bannon's twisted politics are already affecting them – the Muslim and refugee ban is proof.
Bannon believes in the dangerous lie that the U.S. is at war with Islam and that America should be the center of a new movement of right-wing populism centering on white nationalism. We cannot let this vision be the beating heart of our nation's national security policy.
Congress has the power to stop this. Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to protect the independence of our national security from Steve Bannon's political meddling.
Congress created the National Security Council and as recently as last year passed legislation regulating it. Now is a moment for all members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, to choose a side. Will they trust our national security to a white nationalist political operative with a reckless, apocalyptic worldview, or will they stand up and fight back?
If you agree that no president should prioritize the guidance of a white nationalist news editor over that of seasoned military and intelligence officials, sign the petition.
For more information on Steve Bannon and his dangerous views see here.