House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi denounced Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, as a “white supremacist”- a label she repeatedly used on Thursday to criticize Bannon’s recent appointment to the National Security Council.
“It’s a stunning thing, that a white supremacist would be a permanent member of the National Security Council,” she said, adding that it is “making America less safe.”
This is not the first time the Democratic leader has been critical of Bannon, or even that she’s suggested he is a racist.
Back in November, when Mr. Trump’s transition team announced that Bannon would be joining the White House as his chief strategist, Pelosi referred to him as a “white nationalist” and urged Vice President Mike Pence to get Mr. Trump to reconsider his hiring.
“Bringing Steve Bannon into the White House is an alarming signal that President-elect Trump remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign,” she said in a statement at the time. “There must be no sugarcoating the reality that a white nationalist has been named chief strategist for the Trump Administration.”
Bannon has not responded to Pelosi’s latest comment, but after she called him a “white nationalist,” he told the Hollywood Reporter, “I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” adding, “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over.”