Protesters Call on Donald Trump to Dump Steve Bannon

The Hollywood Reporter

Early Thursday morning, a large crowd of protesters railed against Steve Bannon outside Donald Trump's transition team headquarters in Washington, D.C. The gathering followed Wednesday night's Los Angeles protest in which hundreds of people rallied on the steps of City Hall to protest the president-elect's controversial pick for his chief strategist and senior adviser.

On the steps and inside the lobby of the General Services Administration building, where Trump's transition team is based, protesters chanted and displayed signs reading "Fire Bannon" and flooded social media with photos and videos, along with the hashtags #JewishResistance and #FireBannon. The protest was organized by the American Jewish activist group If Not Now, which spread word about the event on Facebook.

The night prior in L.A., protestors chanted: "No KKK, no fascist USA, no Bannon." 

Bannon was executive chairman of Breitbart News before being named Trump's campaign chair in August. A polarizing figure celebrated by the white nationalist movement and alt-right conservatives, Bannon has been accused of anti-Semitism, sexism and racism by the Anti-Defamation League.

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In the wake of Trump's victory, reports of hate crimes targeted at Jews, Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans and LGBT people have spiked across the nation.

Sen. Bernie Sanders and more than 100 House Democrats have also called on Trump to rescind his job offer to Bannon. "Over the years, we have made progress in becoming a less discriminatory and more tolerant society - and we are not going backward," said the Vermont senator in a statement Wednesday. "The appointment by President-elect Trump of a racist individual like Mr. Bannon to a position of authority is totally unacceptable. In a democratic society, we can disagree all we want over issues, but racism and bigotry cannot be part of any public policy."

Wednesday saw a continuation of the protests that have broken out across the country since Trump's victory. Rallied by the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, demonstrations were organized across 80 college campuses.

During his interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday, Trump looked into the camera and told any of his supporters guilty of hate crimes or hate speech to "stop it." Since then, the president-elect has taken to Twitter to combat reports of his transition team being in a state of chaos, but he has remained quiet about the continuing protests.

See posts from the protests in L.A. and D.C. below.

Hundreds of people at #LosAngeles city hall to protest Steve #Bannon. #cbsla #kcal

- Peter Daut (@CBSLAPeter) November 17, 2016

Here at the #bannon protest in LA. Very peaceful. People want their say. It's why this country is so great. #USA

- Mike Rotman (@mikerotman) November 17, 2016

Chants of "no #Bannon, no KKK, no fascist USA" by Los Angeles City Hall. Protestors want @realDonaldTrump to pull #SteveBannon appointment.

- Elex Michaelson (@abc7elex) November 17, 2016

Anti-Bannon protest happening now in #downtownLA. Stand against a white nationalist in the White House #UnitedAgainstHate #trumpprotest

- Gay Days Los Angeles (@gaydaysLA) November 17, 2016

There is no place for antisemitism, racism and white nationalism in the White House. This is the #JewishResistance #FireBannon

- IfNotNow (@IfNotNowOrg) November 17, 2016

.@IfNotNowOrg INSIDE the GSA building where Trump Transition office is, saying #FIREBANNON #JEWISHRESISTANCE

- sam r jewler (@samrjewler) November 17, 2016

"Jews will stand against violence against Muslims." #Jewishresistance #firebannon

- Alexis Goldstein (@alexisgoldstein) November 17, 2016

Trump transition team headquarters demanding Trump fire alt-right white nationalist anti-Semite Steve Bannon. #JewishResistance #FireBannon

- Josh Marks (@JoshMarks78) November 17, 2016

Inside the lobby of the transition office demanding the firing of white nationalist #SteveBannon #jewishresistance #FireBannon

- Alexis Goldstein (@alexisgoldstein) November 17, 2016

At Trump Transition HQ in DC. #jewishresistance #firebannon

- IfNotNow (@IfNotNowOrg) November 17, 2016

#StopBannon #jewsforjustice

- travis hare (@TheTravisHare) November 17, 2016

#FireBannon @IfNotNowOrg #jewishresistance

- Aliza Wasserman (@beetthesystem) November 17, 2016

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