Steve Bannon: Lena Dunham shares Paul Ryan's number and asks people to call him over appointment of Breitbart chief

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Do you feel unheard after the results of the US election? Lena Dunham does, so she decided to leave a voicemail with Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, to run through her biggest concerns. 

Donald Trump’s election victory was a blow for many across America. The jarring nature of such an unprecedented result was compounded by the controversial appointment on Monday of Steve Bannon, the executive of the ultra-conservative news website Breitbart, as Mr Trump’s chief strategist. 

Bannon, 62, has been accused of "promoting popular white nationalist tropes" on Breitbart by The Southern Poverty Law Centre. The website has turned out increasingly controversial headlines under his leadership, many which have been accused of racism, sexism, being discriminatory or transphobic. A number have targeted Muslims, claiming Islam has a “rape” culture, liberal activists and feminists. In one, Breitbart called for Confederate Flags to be hung from “every tree, every rooftop, every picket fence, every telegraph pole in the South” as a symbol of a “glorious heritage”.

In July, Bannon declared his site "the platform of the alt-right", an ultra-conservative group which rejects "establishment" conservatism, Democrats and has associations with white nationalism. 

((Reuters)) Steve Bannon (L)

Bannon's selection has been condemned by activists who say his appointment elevates racist and xenophobic attitudes to the White House. 

Dunham is among those perturbed by his new role, so she decided to give Mr Ryan a call. “Hi Speaker Ryan, this is Lena Dunham calling,” she began.

“I wanted to leave a message to let you know how disappointed so many of us are in the appointment of Steve Bannon. 

“I’m not sure you’re really going to listen to this. But I hope you do, because I want to let you know that as a woman, as a Jew, as a person who cares about other human beings, people of colour [...]” before her call was cut off. 

She also shared Mr Ryan’s number on Instagram and advised anyone else who feels equally unheard to give him a call. In fact, it’s something his answerphone message encourages. “That’s why it’s important for me that your voice be heard,” Mr Ryan says on his machine. “Please feel free to share with us your ideas and your concerns.”

Mr Ryan was criticised by Breitbart throughout the election. But speaking on Sunday before Bannon's announcement, he was cordial about Mr Trump's newest member of staff. “I don’t know Steve Bannon, so I have no concerns,“ he told CNN on Sunday. ”I trust Donald’s judgment.”