Neo-Nazis, KKK join chorus of white supremacist praise for Bannon
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Neo-Nazis, KKK join chorus of white supremacist praise for Bannon

David Duke calls appointment of former Breitbart boss as chief White House strategist ‘excellent’; US Nazi chief hails Trump for pick

Republican president-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, left, and Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon stand on stage during the election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York City, in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)
Republican president-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, left, and Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon stand on stage during the election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York City, in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

Leaders of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi parties and other white supremacists have added their voices to a growing list of racists and anti-Semites praising President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist.

Civil rights groups, anti-hate watchdogs and lawmakers have denounced Bannon’s appointment, accusing him of fueling the extreme right while serving as editor of the Breitbart News website. However ultra-nationalist groups are thrilled about the role he will play in the White House.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was asked by CNN’s KFile about the appointment. “I think that’s excellent,” he said. “I think that anyone that helps complete the program and the policies that President-elect Trump has developed during the campaign is a very good thing, obviously. So it’s good to see that he’s sticking to the issues and the ideas that he proposed as a candidate.”

Rocky Suhayda, chairman of the American Nazi Party, told CNN that “perhaps the Donald is for real,” according to The Hill news website.

Bannon’s appointment, announced Sunday alongside that of chief of staff pick Rience Preibus, has been roundly denounced, with many pointing to links between Breitbart and the alt-right, a movement,described by the ADL as “a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists.”

“Bannon was the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill,” wrote the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked praise for Bannon by hate groups.

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