Democrats are glad President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon is gone, but they say change is needed from the top down.
Democratic members of Congress hammered the president for choosing Bannon, the former Breitbart executive, to plot strategy in the White House in the first place. And they said if the president wants to repair the damage he has done, he should look inward.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York went even farther, referring to the president as the “Grand Wizard in the Oval Office.”
Bannon may be gone, but things won't change if Grand Wizard remains in Oval Office #Birther-in-Chief— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) August 18, 2017
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Bannon’s exit won’t erase Trump’s history of “advancing repulsive policies.”
Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 18, 2017
Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz said “it’s the president that matters” and it was important to “remember how little of a difference it makes with this president.”
It's the President that matters.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) August 18, 2017
Personnel changes are fascinating and dramatic but let's just remember how little of a difference it makes with this President.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) August 18, 2017
Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 18, 2017
Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York said the next people in line for removal should be White House advisers Sebastian Gorka, who worked with Bannon at Breitbart, and Stephen Miller, who espouses similar right-wing nationalist views to those of Bannon.
Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) August 18, 2017
Rep. David E. Price of North Carolina said the move won’t “end bigotry and incompetence in the White House.”
David E. Price (@RepDavidEPrice) August 18, 2017
Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz, who is running for governor, said “much more must be done.”
No one w/ ties to white supremacist movements should ever serve in our @WhiteHouse. Bannon's exit was long overdue. Much more must be done.— Tim Walz (@RepTimWalz) August 18, 2017
Rep. Sander M. Levin said given Trump’s remarks after racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which Trump said “both sides” were to blame that the president needed to do more to convince people that he does not espouse the same views as Bannon.
Steve Bannon’s exit from the White House is long overdue. However, given President Trump’s agenda...1/— Sandy Levin (@repsandylevin) August 18, 2017
esp. after his comments this past week about the violence in Charlottesville, he has much more work to do to convince the American ppl... 2/— Sandy Levin (@repsandylevin) August 18, 2017
that he eschews racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism, and is working to unite – not divide – our country. 3/3— Sandy Levin (@repsandylevin) August 18, 2017
There were others who were just happy to see Bannon gone.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse thought it was fitting that as Confederate memorials were being taken down, so, too, was Bannon.
Steve Bannon traded on fear and racial animus on the Trump campaign, and he embodied that toxic spirit in the White House.— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) August 18, 2017
Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts’ reaction was direct and to the point.
Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida saw the silver lining in the news.
Looks like general John Kelly is taking control of the White House. That is a good thing.— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) August 18, 2017