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Markey, Clark blast Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon

Senator Ed Markey (left) and Representative Katherine Clark.

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Senator Ed Markey (left) and Representative Katherine Clark.

President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist isn’t sitting well with members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation.

Senator Edward Markey and Representative Katherine Clark each blasted Bannon in separate statements over the last 24 hours.

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“If the saying is true and you are the company you keep, Donald Trump has chosen to champion the positions of neo-Nazis, white nationalists and anti-Semites by appointing Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor,” Markey wrote in a statement that was posted to his website Monday.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark called Bannon “an anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic misogynist” in a tweet on Sunday evening.

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Trump’s appointment of Bannon, the former chief of alt-right website Breitbart News and former chairman of the Trump campaign, was met with fierce blowback from a number of advocacy groups and leading Democrats. Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday the appointment meant that white supremacists would be represented in the “highest levels” of the Trump administration.

Other groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, NAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, also denouncedthe move after Bannon was named to the West Wing post Sunday.

Trump’s appointment of Bannon came at the same time as another personnel announcement: He named Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus as his chief of staff.

Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.
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