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TAKE ACTION: No Place For Hate In Our Government

Steve Bannon. Myron Ebell. Frank Gaffney. Jeff Sessions. These people -- and the hate and ignorance that they represent -- have no business anywhere near the White House or our federal government.

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Stephen Bannon, CEO of the extreme right-wing conservative outlet Breitbart News, is known for his record of sickening and dangerous attacks against women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, Jews, and Muslims -- in addition to fueling climate denialism. President-elect Donald Trump’s reckless decision to appoint him as his Chief Strategist in the White House is a threat to the safety and prosperity of all Americans.

President-elect Trump has also named noted climate denier and fossil fuel hack Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute as the head of his EPA transition team. That means Ebell, who has called climate change "nothing to worry about" and has ZERO scientific training will be in charge of choosing the head of the EPA and local EPA regional offices. Ebell actually wrote an article in Forbes called, “Love Global Warming,” where he said warmer temperatures would make colder regions more inhabitable. And for the rest? "...the higher temperatures are killing people who are likely to die soon anyway."

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was rejected by a Republican Senate in 1986 for a federal judgeship because of allegations he had used racial slurs, called civil rights groups like the NAACP "un-American," and stated on the record that as of the 1980s "the fundamental legal barriers to minorities had been knocked down, and that in many areas blacks dominate the political area, and that when the civil rights organizations or the ACLU participate in asking for things beyond what they are justified in asking, they do more harm than good." He would be in charge of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, allowing him to defang the agency to allow for more local voter suppression. He has voted and spoken out against immigration, equal pay, and confirmation of numerous nominees who he claims have "the ACLU gene." He would also be given the power to investigate, arrest, and harass members of Black Lives Matter and other groups.

Hate group leader Frank Gaffney is a noted Islamophobe, unrepentant bigot, and conspiracy theorist who has reportedly been advising the Trump administration's transition team. Gaffney is the head of the Center for Security Policy, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. With news that the Trump team may already be planning to create a "Muslim registry" of Americans, the prospect of someone like Gaffney in a position of influence is an urgent threat to our democracy and basic human decency. 

We must speak out immediately. If President-elect Trump wants to uphold his word to bring the country together and be a president for all Americans, then he should publicly rebuke these advisers and declare that he will not listen to anyone that propagates hate or science-denial. Anything less is unacceptable.

Send your representatives in Congress a message now: there's absolutely no place for hate and dangerous science denial in our government.

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Speak out against Trump's dangerous advisers now!
People like Steve Bannon and Frank Gaffney have no place in a White House transition team or future administration. Their long records of hate, bigotry and conspiracy-mongering threaten the foundation of our democracy and basic values as a nation. Furthermore, people like Myron Ebell have no place anywhere near our Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA needs to protect public health and the environment using the best science to reduce deadly pollution. Ebbell's blatant denial of science is reckless and dangerous to be advising on science policy and protecting our air, water, health, and climate. Senator Jeff Sessions must also not be confirmed as Attorney General. His record, public statements, and inclinations to support broad restrictions on immigration, voting and civil rights should categorically dismiss him from consideration of controlling the Justice Department, specifically the divisions which defend civil and voting rights and investigate and prosecute abuses. While senators have a history of being deferential to members of their own body when receiving cabinet appointments, this cannot be allowed for the sake of the continuation of our democracy and free and fair elections. We must draw the line here and now: our leaders must speak out against these advisers and people like them. The Trump administration must not be allowed to fill the White House and cabinet agencies with people who harbor so much hate and ignorance, and would threaten our democracy and planet. If President-elect Trump plans to uphold his word to bring the country together and be a president for all Americans, then he should rescind these appointments. We will accept no less.