Steve Bannon is back at his home with Breitbart News, and he just took a swing at Cardinal Dolan and the Catholic Church. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist for the Trump administration, said the Vatican profited from undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
“They need illegal aliens to fill the churches. It’s obvious on the face of it,” Bannon told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that will air Sunday. “They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration.” This is his first interview since he left the White House last month.
Returning to Breitbart, the alt-right news site, Bannon plans to fight for Trump on the outside. He has labeled himself a “street fighter” and believes that is why he got along with Trump so well.
Bannon is a member of the Catholic Church, which made his remarks so surprising. He criticized the Archbishop of New York for opposing the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama-era program that protected eligible immigrants from deportation.
“The Catholic Church has been terrible about this,” Bannon said of DACA. “The bishops have been terrible about this.” Bannon believes that the church was not entitled to have much of a say in this matter. “This is not about doctrine,” Bannon said. “This is about the sovereignty of a nation. And in that regard, they’re just another guy with an opinion.” The Archdiocese of New York has not yet commented on Bannon’s remarks.
Steve Bannon also had some harsh words for Gary Cohn, Trump’s economic advisor, and a former rival. Cohn criticized the White House for not condemning hate groups more strongly after the deadly protests last month.
“If you don’t agree with (what Trump is doing), then you have an obligation to resign,” Bannon said of White House staffers. He then confirmed to Charlie Rose in the interview that he was referring to Cohn. When point blank asked if he thought Cohn should resign, Bannon said, “Absolutely.”
Gary Cohn will most likely keep his job, but it is now unlikely that his hopes of becoming the next Federal Reserve chairman will go unfulfilled.
Bannon had no trouble defending the way that Trump responded to the violence in Charlottesville where a woman protesting against neo-Nazis and the KKK was killed. Many people blasted Trump for not immediately calling out hate groups and saying that the blame was “on many sides.”
“I was the only guy that came out and tried to defend him,” Bannon told “60 Minutes.” “I was the only guy that said, He’s talking about something, taking it up to a higher level.”
Bannon himself said in the interview regarding neo-Nazis and the KKK that, “There’s no room in American politics for that.”
What do you think about Bannon’s first round fighting for the president from the outside? What do you think about him taking aim at the Catholic Church?
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