Brad Hoylman, who is Jewish and gay, discovered two swastikas carved into his Manhattan apartment building and connected the vandalism with the appointment of former Breitbart News chair Stephen Bannon to a White House post.
"As leaders in the business community, you have a moral obligation to speak out against this appointment as contrary to the values of this country and the values of your industry", the lawmakers wrote in a letter to the leaders of nine financial industry trade organizations.
Bannon-who has given voice to racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and nationalist views through Breitbart-owns a stake in Seinfeld after negotiating the sale of Castle Rock Entertainment to Ted Turner under his firm Bannon & Co., long before he became executive chairman of Breitbart News or joined Trump's campaign. Anti-Semite named to #Trump White House post. "If you fail to speak up now it will only empower the Trump Administration to go further down this unsafe path", the letter continues.
Representatives Marcy Kaptur of Toledo, Marcia Fudge of Warrensville Heights, Tim Ryan of the Niles area, and Joyce Beatty of the Columbus area were among 169 Democrats who signed a letter on Wednesday that urges Trump to get rid of Bannon. Notably, in the press release, Bannon's appointment was given top billing.
"Mr. Bannon's appointment sends the wrong message to people who have engaged in those types of activities, indicating that they will not only be tolerated, but endorsed by your Administration", the congressional letter continues. He cited the uptick in racially charged acts of violence and intimidation around the country and said there were "real consequences" to Trump legitimizing some of the rhetoric that appears on Breitbart.
Israel's US ambassador, heading into a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, named Steve Bannon as someone his country was ready to work with.
Bannon also reportedly shaped an October 13 speech by Trump that peddled conspiracy theories involving worldwide bankers seeking global control through secret meetings - themes familiar from anti-Semitic literature.