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#StopPresidentBannon is a Twitter hashtag launched in protest Donald Trump's appointment of Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council in January 2017.


On January 28th, 2016, United States President Donald Trump signed a memorandum to reorganize the National Security Council (NSC), adding his chief strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, while removing the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. That day, Interim Dean Will Mebane of St. Paul's Episcospal Cathedral tweeted the hashtag #StopPresidentBannon, which gained over 180 likes and 150 retweets within 48 hours (shown below).[1]

Will Mebane @deanwillmebane #StopPresidentBannon RETWEETS LIKES 12:23 PM-28 Jan 2017 わ 8 t3 153 185


That day, other Twitter users began tweeting criticisms of Bannon's appointment using the "#StopPresidentBannon," leading the hashtag to trend on the social networking platform (shown below).

Rogue Val @satx_valerie Follow Dear @POTUS @realDonaldTrump We all know who is really in charge. You're already illegitimate, now you're unnecessary. #StopPresidentBannon 4:50 AM 29 Jan 2017 다 629 1,068 Ed Turner @papabear7533 y Follow Since when does the Breitbart guy know more about national security than the Joint Chiefs and the CIA? Never! #StopPresidentBannon 7:31 AM - 29 Jan 2017 わ 867 1,291

On January 29th, artist Pia Guerra tweeted an illustration of Bannon seated behind Trump referring the president as a "big boy" (shown below).[2] Within 24 hours, the post gained over 18,000 likes and 13,000 retweets. The same day, the @Impeach_D_Trump[3] feed posted a picture of Bannon with "President" written underneath juxtaposed with a photograph of Trump with "Vice President" written underneath (shown below, right).

Impeach Donald Trump @lmpeach_D Trump-7h RETWEET This Image!! Why? It will Piss Trump Offl #StopPresidentBannon IMPEACH TRUMP PRESIDENT わ33 t3783 563

In the coming days, various news sites published articles about the trending hashtag, including Newsweek,[4] Time,[5] Yahoo! News,[6] UpRoxx[7] and Fortune.[8]

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How ironic that the CEO of Breitbart News is now on the federal government's payroll. Andrew Breitbart was a proud libertarian, you know. He'd be ashamed to know his successor was making his website into state-run news media.


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