A protest group inside the building where Donald Trump’s transition team met voiced their dissent against the appointment of Stephen Bannon as the president-elect’s chief strategist.
The protesters marched peacefully to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles before heading back to City Hall where they had gathered before.
Before he took over as chief executive of Trump’s campaign in August, Bannon headed a news website that is considered a voice for the alt-right movement, which is a loose right-wing confederation that includes hardcore nationalists, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites.
Bannon was charged with domestic violence and battery in 1996 after his then-wife, Mary Louise Piccard, said he grabbed her by the throat and arm during an argument. The case was dropped when she did not appear in court. In 2007 Piccard said in court documents Bannon did not like the school the girls attended because it had too many “whiny brat” Jewish students.
His appointment outraged democrats, rights activists and minority groups who claimed Trump had just flung open the White House doors to hatemongers. Many urged him to reconsider. Trump himself had been accused of racism and misogyny during the campaigns.
Since Trump’s victory, demonstrators in several cities have decried the Republican’s campaign promises to restrict immigration and register Muslims, as well as allegations that the former reality-TV star sexually abused women.