Congresswoman-Elect Jayapal Statement on Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions Appointments


U.S. Representative-elect Pramila Jayapal, WA-07, also the first Indian-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives has released the following statement:

“Immediately following President-elect Trump’s election, there have been more than 300 hate crimes reported across the nation. By selecting Steve Bannon as chief strategist and now Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, President-Elect Trump has made it clear that he will continue to prey on the fears of ordinary Americans instead of uniting us as a country, ‘indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’

Steve Bannon has overseen a website that publishes views that are clearly racist and reflect calls for a white supremacist agenda that have absolutely no place in our country. I denounce President-elect Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon, and call on him to revoke this appointment.

The most recent announcement of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions as President-Elect Trump’s choice for Attorney General simply continues the pattern.  Let us be clear that Sen. Sessions was not confirmed for a federal judgeship, even by a Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, because of his history of racially charged actions and statements.  It is untenable to have him as the appointee for the most important post in the country for civil rights and the upholding of our constitutional values.  As a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Sessions has opposed immigration reform as well as essential bipartisan proposals to reform our criminal justice system.  Appointing him as Attorney General would send a terrifying message to people across the country about the next Administration’s commitment to civil rights, criminal justice reform and constitutional rights.

Though President-elect Trump has won the election through the electoral college, he should not forget that a majority of Americans rejected the pervasive racism and misogyny of his campaign by choosing another presidential candidate. If Donald Trump intends to be a President for all of the United States of America, he must abandon the divisive rhetoric of his campaign and choose appointees who will uphold our constitutional values and the core ideas of inclusion and diversity.  

If he does not do so, I intend to be ready to stand and fight every step of the way and to build the movement that can stop these disastrous rollbacks to decades of progress."