Hundreds of people held a rally in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday to protest the appointment of Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon as President-elect Donald J. Trump's senior adviser. Photo via OnScene.TV.
A rally tookplace in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday to protest the appointment of Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon as President-elect Donald J. Trump’s senior adviser. Photo via OnScene.TV.

Hundreds of people held a rally in downtown Los Angeles to protest the appointment of controversial Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon as President-elect Donald J. Trump’s senior adviser.

Bannon, who ran the right-wing conservative website and was accused of anti-Semitism by his ex-wife in divorce filings, was a close confident of Trump’s during the presidential campaign.

But at least one prominent rabbi has rejected those allegations, saying Bannon is a major supporter of Israel.

The rally started Wednesday night at the Spring Street entrance to Los Angeles City Hall and was scheduled to continue through 10 p.m. The crowd had mostly dispersed by 11 p.m., according to Los Angles Police Department Officer Tony Im.

Protests remained peaceful and no arrests were made, Im said.

A growing crowd of protesters chanted and waved signs decrying Bannon, who has been accused by opponents of fostering misogyny, white nationalism and anti-Semitism.

A prominent rabbi, Schmuley Boteach, is among those who have expressed support for Bannon’s appointment, saying he is a fierce defender of Israel and that charges of anti-Semitism are ill-informed.

Bannon became chief executive of Trump’s campaign in August.

—City News Service

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