NEW YORK - Hundreds of young Jewish people marched in Manhattan Sunday night to protest President-elect Trump's controversial choice for chief strategist.

The protesters say Stephen Bannon has made a career of demonizing Jews, minorities, women, Muslims, immigrants, and the LGBT community.

They marched from Bryant Park to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Midtown Sunday to denounce Bannon, who had been scheduled to speak at Sunday night's annual gala hosted by the Zionist Organization of America.

Demonstrators say the pro-Israel group has essentially endorsed what they believe is hateful rhetoric.

"It's unacceptable that Steve Bannon has been appointed to a senior advisory role in Trump's administration. He is a white nationalist and has proudly stated white nationalist views," said one protester.

"My grandparents did not flee Europe from Hitler so that I could stay home and sit on the couch and let this man take over our country," said another protester.

Bannon is the former head of the far-right website Breitbart News, which has been embraced by anti-Semitic and white nationalist groups.

He also served as Trump's campaign CEO.