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US Sens. Blumenthal, Murphy denounce White House appointment

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U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (WFSB file photo) U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (WFSB file photo)

Connecticut's two Democratic U.S. Senators say they're deeply troubled by President-elect Donald Trump's decision to appoint conservative media executive Stephen Bannon as his senior counselor.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday criticized Bannon's association with the conservative website Breitbart, saying the site deals in "anti-Semitic, racist, xenophobic, misogynic comments," and Bannon "really should have no place" in the new Republican administration.

Blumenthal said he hopes Republican Donald Trump will reconsider and reverse his decision.

"We want the president to succeed but this appointment of Steve Bannon is a wrong turn," Blumenthal said. 

Trump, who also announced Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, has called them "highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign."

"It's unfair what's happened to the people of this country and we are going to change that," Trump said. 

Sen. Chris Murphy says Bannon's appointment "runs directly contrary" to Trump's recent message that there is no place for acts of bias or hatred in his new administration. 

"People are feeling very vulnerable and afraid because of the rhetoric of the campaign," Jamie Mills, who is a gay rights activist, said. 

Mills was board president for Love Makes a Family and co-chaired the governor's LGBT support group. She said people in Connecticut were worried this will create more intolerance.

"He's a very divisive figure. He is outside the main stream," Mills said. "He is a scary person and so the message received by LGBT people of color, recent immigrants are feeling very vulnerable."

With the upcoming lame-duck session in Congress, Blumenthal and Murphy said they want to discuss how they will advocate for Connecticut priorities in the session that begins this week.

The lame duck session refers to the period of time between the election of Trump as president and the departure of the current president, Democrat Barack Obama, in January.

The election of Trump means that Republicans will hold power in the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Blumenthal and Murphy held their press conference at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday afternoon.

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