Nancy Pelosi was blunt Thursday when discussing White House strategist Steve Bannon, twice calling him a “white supremacist.”
The minority leader of the House of Representatives used that term to describe Bannon during a news conference, and didn’t mince words about his 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,” Pelosi said, adding that the appointment could impact national security itself.
“What’s making America less safe is to have a white supremacist named to the National Security Council as a permanent member while the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the director of national intelligence are told, ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you,’” she told reporters.
Before starting work for the Trump campaign, Bannon led Breitbart.com, a populist website that regularly airs white nationalist viewpoints.
Although Bannon’s ex-wife accused him of making anti-Semitic remarks, he denied being a white nationalist to The Hollywood Reporter in November.
“I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” he said, while comparing himself to Dick Cheney, Darth Vader and Satan.