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Should President Trump fire Steve Bannon?

In the aftermath of a violent white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, people across the political spectrum are calling for President Trump to fire advisor Steve Bannon. The former editor of Breitbart proudly described the website as "the platform for the alt right," and many argue we can no longer tolerate people with ties to white supremacists in the White House. But others say if Trump fires Bannon, he'll alienate the populist base that elected him. Does Bannon need to go?

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The violence in Charlottesville was a tipping point for many. Even conservative writers like David French at the National Review argue the White House must demonstrate a zero-tolerance policy for racists.

There’s a good reason that white nationalists rejoice at Steve Bannon’s proximity to power. There’s a good reason that countless Americans look at that man so close to the Oval Office and fear his influence on their president’s mind and heart.
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But many of Trump's most loyal supporters see firing Bannon as a betrayal.

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And others say it's not fair for the president's chief advisor to be sacked in the wake of Charlottesville–it was not his rally, and the violence that happened was not his fault. Why should he be fired?

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Others very much blame Bannon. A young woman was run down by a white supremacist driver, and many hold Bannon, his network, and the views he has spread and espoused responsible for her death.

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Bannon is still a hero to many on the right, who argue he has been unfairly labeled a racist and anti-Semite. 

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Others argue that rejecting Bannon and his followers could be a moment for Republicans to reclaim some moral high ground.

“I don’t think that White House has a chance of functioning properly as long as there’s a resident lunatic fringe,” said Mark Salter, a longtime adviser to Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona.
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Critics say Trump must fire Bannon to show he is serious about white supremacist violence.

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