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Howard Dean goes on Canadian TV, calls Stephen Bannon a 'Nazi

Former Vermont Democratic Gov. Howard Dean (AP Photo/Kelly West)

Former Vermont Democratic Gov. Howard Dean says President-elect Donald Trump's newly appointed chief strategist Stephen Bannon is a "Nazi."

Dean, who has indicated interest in reprising his role as Democratic National Committee chairman, made the comment to the Canadian news outlet CTV in an interview posted Sunday.

Referring to Trump's selection of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to be White House chief of staff, Dean said Trump is a "complicated guy."

"He appoints a reasonable person, who's much more conservative than I am, but for somebody who can talk to, as chief of staff, and then his senior adviser is a Nazi," Dean said, adding that Bannon is "anti-Semitic, he's anti-black and he's anti-women."

Dean said he doesn't call anyone a "Nazi," unless they fit all of those criteria.

"It's a big word, and I don't usually use it unless somebody's really anti-Semitic, really misogynist and really anti-black," Dean said.

Trump's appointment of Bannon to one of the most senior roles within his new administration has drawn the ire of both conservatives and liberals.

TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck has called Bannon a “terrifying man” and “the most dangerous guy in American politics."

“If people really want to — in the press — would like to call Donald Trump a racist, you might want to stop on that one and just spend a little time on Bannon," Beck said on TheBlaze TV on Nov. 14. "Because Bannon has a clear tie to white nationalists. Clear tie.”

In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, however, Bannon denied charges of his alleged white nationalism, instead describing himself as an "economic nationalist" and vowing to begin a political movement "greater than the Reagan revolution."

(H/T: The Hill)

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