Franken Urges Trump ‘to Appeal to America’s Better Angels’ and Reject Stephen Bannon

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Thursday on the Senate floor, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) urged President-elect Donald Trump “to appeal to America’s better angels and to reject the dark politics represented by Stephen Bannon” and to reject him as an adviser Partial transcript as follows: I rise today to address President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Stephen Bannon, a divisive figure and former head of the alt-right web site Breitbart to serve as chief strategist and senior counsel to the president. In the early hours of November 9, after it became clear that he had officially won the race for the White House, President-elect Trump appeared before his supporters to deliver a victory speech. He said — and this is a quote — “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.’ After a long an contentious campaign, it seemed to me that the president-elect implicitly acknowledged that some of the rhetoric used during the race alienated and offended some of our communities. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be the president for all Americans,