ADL: Trump’s Selection Of Stephen Bannon As Senior Counselor ‘A Sad Day’


The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sharply rebuked President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to choose Stephen Bannon, the former head of the Breitbart News website, as his chief strategist and senior counselor, calling the decision “a sad day” for those who support pluralism and tolerance.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt’s statement first praises Trump’s choice of Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff, nothing his “long career in politics and public life.”

“At the same time, the ADL strongly opposes the appointment of Steve Bannon as senior adviser and chief strategist in the White House,” Greenblatt said. “It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’—a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists—is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house.’”

Greenblatt called on Trump to “nominate Americans committed to the well-being of all our country’s people and who exemplify the values of pluralism and tolerance that make our country great.”

While Breitbart has been criticized for appealing to white nationalists and anti-Semites, the website also employs Jewish staff members and has largely been pro-Israel in its coverage of the Jewish state.

“I don’t know where [the criticism is] coming from, that’s not the Steve Bannon that I know,” Priebus said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday. “I find him not to be way that he’s being accused, I find him to be the opposite.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) said last week that the ADL’s frequent criticism of Trump may compromise its future relationship with the president-elect’s administration.

“I think that the ADL has put itself potentially in a compromising position going forward, in terms of its ability to interact with the incoming administration,” RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said in a post-election conference call, the Forward reported.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) explained Monday that it does not anticipate publicizing its reaction to each Trump administration appointment, differing from the ADL’s approach.

“Of utmost concern is ensuring that policies proposed and put into place make good on President-elect Trump’s Election Night promise, for the benefit of all citizens of our too-divided country, and address the central concerns of the American people and our allies around the world,” said Jason Isaacson, the AJC’s assistant executive director for policy. “Presidents get to choose their teams and we do not expect to comment on the appointment of every key advisor.” JNS.ORG



  1. These paper nothing organizations are one man shows of liberal self hating Jews. All they do is prey on old Jews to leave them in their will claiming they fight anti Semitism. They create anti Semitism.

  2. ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt is a left wing lunatic. He’s not interested in Jewish issues as much as he is interested in liberal, left-wing looney issues. The ADL has become a worthless organization and should just fold up and go away.

  3. Vitriolic Breitbart fans are very unfortunate and scary. A good look at any comment on that site can note that there is no faith in G-d or soul.

    Its pretty scary. I wonder about Bannon. We might learn more about the hate if he ever has public speech. One is curious but also concerned.

    The ADL is smart.

    • Ah well, since I am a Breitbart fan, I must be very unfortunate and scary.

      As for faith in G-d or soul, the ADL is hardly an exemplar of that.

      BTW, the ZOA has blasted the ADL for its statement on Bannon, who has demonstrated many times that he is very pro-Israel. Which is more than can be said for the ADL.

    • The left has shown its true colors after the election, The are anti free speech, intolerant, obnoxious and in favor of tyranny, They scare most Americans, This is the reason they lost decisively.

  4. Incidentally, you might be interested by this defense of Bannon by a senior editor at Breitbart. A senior Orthodox Jewish editor. When the ADL presents its arguments via an Orthodox Jewish member of their administration, I might be prepared to consider their point of view. But that might be a little difficult for an obvious reason.

  5. These guys are border line communists who willfully turn a blind eye to the greatest threat to the entire free world – radical ISLAMIC (yes I said it) terror. Besides, anyone wanna explain how the “white nationalist” Breitbart has a Jerusalem branch? I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be wary of the alt right, but come on, this whole anti-Brannon thing is ridiculous. The ADL should be ashamed of themselves.

  6. ADL does not represent Jews it was hijacked by left wing radical who served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Obama and Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. There, he led the administration’s efforts to use innovation to accelerate economic recovery and boost job creation. obviously he is another failure ADL promotes Muslim and atheists rights. Interesting how they are so concerned about Steve Banon but say nothing about Palestinian student organizations protesting in front of Trump Plaza calling for intifada against Jews. This sick twisted idiot is a wake up call to all Americans to be on vigil for J Street , ADL , The Forward News masquerading as Jewish organizations promoting Anti Jewish values.

  7. Joel Pollack , editor at large at Breitbart,and orthodox Jew, has worked with Bannon for years. He has refuted the claims made by the ADL and others.

    I trust Pollack and Levine more than Schummer and the ADL.

    just remember if everyone is a racist anti Semite, then the terms don’t mean anything.

  8. And yet 75% of the Jews in the New York area alone voted for Obama even when you knew his history. How many Jews in New York voted for Hillary Clinton and knew her history. So what is all the complaining about now when you said nothing before when you knew what was going to happen?? Trump is not even president yet and everyone is having a kanipsion of his winning and his choses for his staff, I didn’t hear that hysteria when Hillary was running or when Obama was running and they were Rev Wrights people who hated the United States. So don’t complain, maybe it is Hashem’s choice since we went so down as a country maybe to the 49th level???


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