Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to Bannon Interview

As citizens of a nation founded on principles of honor, decency, and justice, we, as Mormon Women for Ethical Government, denounce in the strongest possible terms any attempts to justify indefensible behavior. In a four-minute pre-released clip of an interview that will air on 60 Minutes Sunday evening, Steve Bannon once again dismisses as mere “locker-room talk” the wholly repugnant and puerile boasting of sexual assault by the man our nation went on to elect to the highest office in the land. In attempting to excuse this reprehensible conduct, Bannon demeans not only the intelligence, but the humanity of good people everywhere.

While vulgar and juvenile braggadocio does sometimes, regrettably, occur, it is not the norm and it is never condonable, especially when it comes from a 59-year-old grown man.

This attempted normalization of indecency, along with the chilling revelation that for this administration, it is blind loyalty or the highway — even in the face of irrefutable evidence of depravity and wrongdoing — reminds us that we, as citizens, must be absolutely vigilant in ensuring that this type of morally vacuous ideology never in the least degree be allowed to influence the governing or policy-making of this country.

Bannon asserts in this interview clip that “people don’t care.” We are here to boldly proclaim on behalf of principled people everywhere that we do care. We care, deeply. We are watching, and we will continue to act and to speak out against dishonor and corruption wherever it is found.

*Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governance.