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    Hundreds took it to the streets in New York City Monday to protest controversial appointment of executive chairman of alt-right website Breitbart News Steve Bannon as senior counselor and chief strategist to President-elect Trump, Sputnik reported.

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) — Last week Trump's transition team announced the appointment of Bannon as senior counselor to the president-elect.

    At least two protests have been organized in the city on Monday night, taking place at Union Square and in front of Trump Hotel in Soho.

    ​"Bannon's appointment as chief strategist is a step backwards," protest organizer Julia Withers told Sputnik. "We must send a message to Trump and Congress that America will not allow a white supremacist to be a part of our government!"

    Other demonstrators echoed the sentiment, pointing out that while the White House does not have the power to directly block the appointment, individual senators can put a hold on appointees.

    "It's up to Senate Majority Leader to honor the hold," another demonstrator said. "Call your representative today and tell them to protest Bannon nomination!"

    Numerous high-ranking politicians have been outspoken in their sharp criticism of Bannon’s nomination, accusing him of ties to white supremacy, sexism and anti-Semitism in the articles published on the alt-right website he oversaw as well as in interviews.

    "There must be no sugarcoating the reality that a white nationalist has been named chief strategist for the Trump Administration," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Monday.

    Many protestors on Monday were gravely concerned with alleged anti-Semitic statements Steve Bannon has been making.

    "Stand with Jewish resistance against modern day Nazi Steve Bannon who has no place anywhere near White House!" activist Joseph Brandon said.

    "Jews Against White Supremacy", "End the Occupation", and #FireBannon were among the taglines on handheld banners carried by the protestors. "No KKK! No fascist USA!" the group chanted at one point.

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