Election protests spill over to Senatorial news conference; Senators say Bannon must go

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–The days of election protests in New Haven and elsewhere around the country spilled over into a news conference at the state capitol on Monday.

Connecticut’s two U.S. senators also said that one of President-elect Trump’s appointments over the weekend is “poisoning the waters” at the U.S. Senate.   Connecticut’s U.S. senators say one of President-elect Trump’s appointments should be withdrawn, while an election result protester says Trump should be withdrawn.

Allyn Nelson of Windsor stopped Senator Richard Blumenthal at the conclusion of a state capitol news conference today to make this point: “We need your help to help find out what happened in this last election, to insure that it doesn’t happen again and, if we can, revoke this clown from being our president.”  

Mr. Nelson said he felt protests like the ones in New Haven indicate that the country is on the verge of a civil war and that the election of Donald Trump has put many Connecticut residents on edge.

While there’s no chance of the election being undone, Connecticut’s two U.S. senators did call for President Elect Trump to immediately dump the man he named as a senior advisor. “The poisoning of the waters that may result from the appointment of Steven Bannon will be consequential for President-elect Trump,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal/(D) Connecticut.

Over the weekend, Bannon was named to be the top adivsor to the President-elect–an appointment Connecticut’s two U.S. senators say will inhibit and seriously reduce the chances of unity on Trump’s Supreme Court appointments and other matters that will need Senate approval. Added Blumenthal, “Steve Bannon is associated with a website that spreads anti-semitic, and racist messages, has emboldened and empowered them.”

The news conference was called to explain what’s at stake for Connecticut in the upcoming ‘lame duck’ session of Congress. The Senators say the futures of the helicopter programs at Sikorsky, the submarine programs at Electric Boat, and the F-35 jet engines at Pratt, depend on the Defense Authorization Act extension being passed in the next 15 days, and feel the prospects are good.  

“We have methodically built up bipartisan coalitions of support for the ‘1-35,’ for the ‘Columbia,’ for the ‘Virginia,’ and for the panoply of programs at Sikorsky,” said Sen. Chris Murphy/(D) Connecticut.

The lame duck session of the U.S. House and Senate meets this week, will take next week off for the holiday, then meet again for three weeks through December 16th.

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