The 7 Most Insane Moments From Steve Bannon’s ’60 Minutes’ Interview (VIDEO)
Steve Bannon Breaks His Silence With A Roar
Steve Bannon, once known as Trump’s Svengali and portrayed by the Grim Reaper on Saturday Night Live, broke his silence in a major interview on 60 Minutes Sunday night.
And it was insane.
Bannon left the White House in August. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. Bannon’s departure from the White House was met with literal cheers from many sections, and was seen as a victory for John Kelly.
Bannon made a beeline straight back to Breitbart News, the preferred outlet of White Supremacists and Donald Trump. Since leaving Trump’s service, Bannon has remained silent. His interview with 60 Minutes marked the breaking of that silence.
Picking through the arrogance and the anger, the Russian excuses and his deep-seated hatred for the “pearl-clutching media,” Bannon seemed to have one message: It’s time for war.
But his war doesn’t seem to be with liberals and Democrats. Instead, Bannon is furious with the GOP, and he isn’t afraid to let that show.
7 Insane Moments from the Bannon Interview
Here are some of the most insane moments from that interview.
1. “The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election.”
Let that sink in for a moment. Here is a man who was, until just a few weeks ago, incredibly close to the President of the United States. He’s been called the “great influencer” in reference to his relationship with Trump. And he believes that the president’s own party is working against him.
Count that as the first major shot in a new war within the GOP.
2. “They’re going to be held accountable if they do not support the President of the United States.”
The “they” here again refers to members within the President’s own party. And this isn’t an empty threat, either. Bannon is already “plotting” primary challenges against those GOP politicians that don’t fall prettily in line with Donald Trump.
3. “They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented.”
Again, the “they” here are Republicans. This time, specifically Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Of course, those of us who know what a populist economic agenda actually looks like wonders where the populism in massive tax breaks for the wealthy lies, exactly, but the “nationalist agenda” Bannon is fretting about is clear. He wants that wall. And he wants it now.
4. Steve Bannon defended Trump’s indefensible Charlottesville remarks.
Think back about 174 Trump presidency scandals to the time he stood in front of cameras and said, on television in front of God and America and everyone, that “both sides” were to blame, in an attempt to place White Supremacists and Nazis on the same moral plane as those people who were protesting against white supremacy and Nazi-ism.
To Steve Bannon, though, Trump was elevating the subject. “I was the only guy that said he’s talking about something, taking it up to a higher level,” Bannon said. “When you side with a man, you side with him. I was proud to come out and try to defend President Trump in the media that day,” he later added.
5. “There’s nothing to the Russia investigation. It’s a waste of time.”
Bannon wants America to just forget about the whole Russian thing. In fact, he thinks “it’s far from conclusive that the Russians had any impact on this election.” Yet, he also called firing former FBI director James Comey the biggest mistake in “modern political history.” Why?
6. Bannon thinks the Comey firing was a mistake, because…
…it led to greater scrutiny.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel, yes. We would not have the Mueller investigation. We would not have the Mueller investigation and the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going for.”
In other words, firing Comey was bad because it led to a deeper investigation into the whole Russian thing which Bannon also claims there’s “nothing to” it – but if it’s nothing, why so worried about that special counsel?
7. Bannon on the “pearl-clutching media” and Trump’s twitter account
Bannon’s view of the media and Trump’s Twitter feed are intertwined. Trump needs to tweet because the media is mean to him.
“I don’t think he needs — The Washington Post and The New York Times and CBS News. And I don’t believe he thinks that they’re looking out what’s in his best interest, OK?”
That last sentence is a doozy. It is not the job of the media to look out for the “best interest” of the president. It is the job of the media to inform the public of what the president is doing.
And it’s because of that view, Trump will continue to tweet.
“I think what he does on Twitter is extraordinary. He disintermediates the media.”
Well, it’s extraordinary, alright. We have to give him that.
Bannon Is Still Pro-Trump
In summation, Bannon still seems to be a Trump guy. But he is definitely not a Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell guy. Heck, he doesn’t even seem to be a Republican guy. Bannon also hates the media, while simultaneously being a member of the media, yet he doesn’t seem to understand the basic function of the real media. He’s angry at the establishment, has found himself back at home at Breitbart, and he’s ready to get loud about it.
And that’s going to be interesting.
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Watch an excerpt of the interview below.
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