November 16, 2016
The following is a statement from Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP:
“As the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the country, the NAACP is deeply disturbed by recent reports of President-elect Trump’s intention to appoint Frank Gaffney, well-known as an Islamophobic conspiracy theorist, to his transition team to guide the selection of national security advisors. The news of Gaffney’s new position follows Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, as senior advisor and chief strategist to the White House.
Both selections are troubling and incongruous with President-elect Trump’s recent calls for unity and promises to serve the interests of all Americans. Trump’s choices instead indicate a disregard for the equal protection of all citizens and grant favor and influence to a faction with unabashedly racist, misogynistic, xenophobic and anti-Semitic views. The NAACP strongly encourages the President-elect to build a team that seeks to heal rather than aggravate the wounds of division that afflict our nation.