Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, was interviewed for “60 Minutes” which aired Sunday night. In the exchange with, Charlie Rose, Bannon described Trump’s firing of James Comey as a significant error.
It was Bannon’s first interview since his departure from the White House on August 18th. Rose asked Bannon if the rumor was true that he had described Comey’s firing as the “biggest mistake in political history.”
“That probably would be too bombastic, even for me,” Bannon said, “but maybe modern political history.”
Bannon continued to say that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey directly led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russia in the 2016 election.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel,” Bannon said. “We would not have the Mueller investigation and the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going for.”
Bannon is credited with shaping Trump’s White House policy since his election. He left the administration in August to return to Breitbart News, a far-right website that he led since 2012. Bannon used the interview platform to challenge the “pearl-clutching mainstream media” and said he is “absolutely” going to war with Republican leaders. He maintains they were “trying to nullify the 2016 election.”
Bannon declared this about key GOP leadership, “They’re not gonna help you unless they’re put on notice,” Bannon said, specifically aiming at Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “They’re gonna be held accountable if they do not support the president of the United States. Right now, there’s no accountability.”
Earlier in the day, Politico reported that Bannon was planning to publicly aid primary challenges against Republican senators who did not support Trump’s agenda. Bannon is a self-described “street fighter” who said that is why he got along so well with Trump. He said that the government needed to “focus on American citizens” when Rose asked him about his position on DACA, the Obama program that gave protections to young undocumented immigrants.
“America was, in the eyes of so many people, and it’s what people respect America for, it is people have been able to come here, find a place, contribute to the economy,” Rose said. “That’s what immigration has been in America. And you seem to want to turn it around and stop it.”
“You couldn’t be more dead wrong,” Bannon countered. “America was built on her citizens …
“This country’s gonna be greater, more united, more powerful than it’s ever been …This is not astrophysics, ok? And by the way, that’s every nationality, every race, every religion, every sexual preference. As long as you’re a citizen of our country. As long as you’re an American citizen, you’re part of this populist, economic nationalist movement.”
You can watch a portion of the interview below. We are anxious to see your comments on Bannon, especially his view of the Comey firing.
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