Rep. Polis Responds To Stephen Bannon Appointment

Stephen Bannon.

Stephen Bannon.

Here’s a statement from Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder, whose office has been inundated with calls about the announcement by President-elect Donald Trump that controversial political strategist Stephen Bannon will take a high-level advisory job in the new administration:

Today community member after community member has contacted my office about the appointment of Steve Bannon to the Trump administration. I am heartened to serve a community that will not stand idly by. The country needs you now more than ever. They need to know you care and are willing to advocate for the principles and values we hold dear.

While Congress has no authority to stop Trump from appointing Bannon, like you – I choose to use my voice to speak out against discrimination. And like many of you, I find Steve Bannon’s history of racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic rhetoric sickening. That is why I signed onto a letter with fellow U.S. Representatives asking Trump to reconsider. [Pols emphasis]

I assure you that in Congress, I will defend the freedom of all Americans, and advocate on behalf of those who Trump targeted during the election – women, Muslims, immigrants, people of color, and all minorities.

We know the truth. The truth is that our freedom and liberties are all tied together, and none of us can be truly free and liberated while holding back another group.

I still have faith in the American people, and I ask you to keep that faith too. Give your neighbors the benefit of doubt and go out of your way to be welcoming.

I remind you of what MLK said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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    • Davie says:

      The joke's on you Moddy.  I guess it only took 8 years for enough Republican voters to forget the national nightmare that was the Bush/Cheney administration, full of incompetent partisan hacks, warmongers and profiteers.

      Trump seems to be on track to prove that yes, Republicans are capable of MUCH worse.  The scar will be deeper and wider than you can imagine.

      • Moderatus says:

        And yet we keep winning.

        • spaceman65 says:

          By "we" you mean white supremacists?  I think you're in for a long fight.  But keep partying like it's 1933.


          • MichaelBowman says:

            That's exactly what he means.  The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.  Enjoy your time in the sunlight, Moddy. 

            Hillary Clinton's Populare-Vote is Unprecedented, and Still Growing

            Viva la Wyoming! 


            • Civics101 says:

              And this is how the Founding Fathers meant it to be.  In 1787, the smaller states did not want the voters in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia steamrolling over the other nine states when it came to electing a president.  In 2016, the voters in Wyoming — and other small states — aren't interested in being discounted in presidential elections by the sheer number of voters in California, Texas, Florida, and New York.

              It will take 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate, as well as 38 state legislatures, to pass a constitutional amendment removing the Electoral College.  As it was 229 years ago, the small states will resist it and prevail.

              By the way, your comparison would have been more accurate, if you had used the number of registered voters in those two states, rather than the total population of each.

              Of course, if no presidential candidate had gotten 270 electoral votes, the vote for president would have gone to the House of Representatives where each state gets just one vote.  That really makes the Wyoming representative very important!

              • Voyageur says:

                Not true,  civvy.  The founders meant for the electors to be a search commie, an elite group picking a leader.  And that is how it actually worked — with george washington.  The notion of parties and pledged electors evolved later. 🙂

              • MichaelBowman says:

                You forgot the part where it was part of the pact to get the Southern states to join. A black man as 3/5th of a person (not to vote, but to give disproportionate representation to the slave states in Congress). It's no mystery why four of the first five Presidents were from Virginia, a slave state. We'll leave the argument that the "well regulated militia" in the 2nd was to keep slaves on the plantations for another day  

                To the extent your celebration of Wyomings role in perpetuating this slave-era skewing of democracy should be taken seriously …. well, as they say in South, "go find your joy". 

        • Davie says:

          As with Brexit, buyers remorse has already set in:

          Forty-three percent are positive about Trump’s victory:  

          Fifty-two percent are negative: 

          It'll be the GOP's dung heap they are so proud to roll around on.  As usual, it'll be the Democratic Party that has to clean up your mess yet again.

          • Civics101 says:

            I certainly can believe that a significant majority of Americans were surprised that Trump won.  It seems like the pollsters and media were falling over themselves to tell everyone that Hillary Clinton had this election sewed up.  That arrogant overconfidence spurred a lot of people — including some who went for Obama twice, but never saw any hope or change — to come out and vote for Trump. 

            I think it was way too early to take such a poll, though.  They should run it again after Trump's first 100 days.  Brexit… from what I've read, at this point and time, has very little buyers' remorse now from those who supported it.

            The Democratic Party needs to clean up its own internal mess before thinking they can "rescue" anyone.  The GOP has its own housekeeping to do as well, if they are going to govern effectively.

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Given the vagaries of politics, I'm betting that Polis will have a longer career than Trump.

    Not knowing how many people an Administration needs to hire and thinking he can get away to Trump properties for weekends are just two more signs of his commitment to the Presidency. Those and other indicators we've seen so far have me coming around to think that a mid-term resignation for "health reasons" (or some other way of leaving short of impeachment and conviction) may be the outcome.

  2. notaskinnycook says:

    I really don't expect him to make it to the mid-terms. Either he'll throw up his tiny hands and quit when he figures out that the job isn't all glitzy state dinners and jetting around the world, or, Congress will be "throwing peaches at him" within the next two years. He's going to find out that some of the deals he said he'd make aren't legal when dealing with foreign governments.


  3. Civics101 says:

    Well, Trump is certainly a one term president, as would have been Hillary Clinton.  It's tough to start out one's presidency at 70 or 69.  We've all seen how much presidents age… even after one term.  It would be tough to convince voters to re-elect a president who was 74 or 73.

    Frankly, I am very uncomfortable with Steve Bannon having such a high profile position in the Trump administration. 

    • Voyageur says:

      Civvy, maybe you have a brain after all.  But you voted trump, you got trump.  And when the puppet takes a bow, the puppet master, bannon, pulls the strings.

      • Civics101 says:

        Yes, I do have a brain.  You apparently don't… or you cannot read.  It's hard to tell because you've managed to demonstrate both. 

        I've been pretty clear about how I voted for president and why, but I am not going to waste my time going through it again.  You seem to just make up your own set of "facts" and expect everyone else to accept it as the basis of what you have to say.

        I can see why Mamajama55 doesn't like to respond to you.  You really don't add any substance to anything.

  4. Powerful Pear says:

    "Senator Barkley and I will win this election and make Republicans like it,”                Harry Truman 

    Today this would be a mean tweet and send Millennials to safe spaces and cry rooms.

    • mamajama55 says:

      Yeah, you're such an ornery hombre. I bet you know all about safe spaces and cry rooms. Trumpism is basically a movement of fear – fear of the Other – fear that someone will claim a little piece of  your 99% share of the pie.  Fear that you might have to leave your all rich, all-white guy comfort zone and deal with a multiracial, multigendered, diversely opinioned world out of the Fox News bubble.  I pity you.

    • Voyageur says:

      Actually, the Republicans hated it!  I loved it.

    • Civics101 says:

      The reality is that previous presidential elections were just as nasty and bitter, if not more, throughout American history.  I suspect George Washington was the only one to get a free pass.

      The difference, in 2016, is the 24/7 news cycle and a host of media and social sites to choose from.  Frankly, I think this constant negative hype is why the best candidates, from both parties, do not choose to seek the presidency. 

      It is hard to believe the party of FDR and JFK gave us Hillary Clinton, while the party of Lincoln and Reagan gave us Trump.  America deserved better.

  5. Arvadonian1 says:

    The letter Polis refers to was coordinated by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).  He just released the entire letter with 169 members of congress signing…including Ed Perlmutter (I was wondering when/if we'd hear from him on this).

  6. Voyageur says:

    I know the Gods are angry or maybe just drunk again.   But please, please, Athena, let that rumor about Nicky Haley as Secretary of state be true.   Give me one reason, however small, that I can br proud to be an American in Trumpworld.

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