Steve Bannon is meeting privately with African American business leaders in Charleston, S.C., on Friday and it has one local black lawmaker questioning their "credibility."
"I question the credibility of any African American group which extends an invitation to Mr. Bannon to speak," state Sen. Marlon Kimpson said, according to the Post and Courier.
According to Stephen Gilchrist, chairman of the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce, the event's focus is "ideas and strategies for how small businesses access capital," and Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton was to be involved in it too.
Bannon has been accused of embracing white nationalists, among other alt-right affiliated groups, including by the Anti-Defamation League. However, in August, Bannon called white nationalists a bunch of "clowns" amid the fallout from the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. Since leaving the Trump administration Bannon has returned to Breitbart News as executive chairman.
It's unclear whether the meeting Friday has already taken place, but it was scheduled before Bannon's appearance in Charleston in the evening at the Patriot Dinner, which is hosted by the Citadel Republican Society. That event at the Holliday Alumni Center is already drawing protesters.
Kimpson has drawn attention to Bannon's impending visit to Charleston, sharing various tweets about it.
One notable retweet he made on Friday noted Bannon's support for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is facing a number of sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women who were teenagers at the time.
"All those saying ... 'if proven true' about Roy Moore and what he did are basically calling his female accusers liars. Well, I believe them and I also believe Roy Moore should step aside," said the retweeted tweet from an account tied to Joe Cunningham, the Democrat running against Rep. Mark Sanford.
All those saying...”if proven true” about Roy Moore and what he did are basically calling his female accusers liars. Well, I believe them and I also believe Roy Moore should step aside.— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCunninghamSC) November 10, 2017