Steve Bannon was off the leash and attacking everyone during an interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes. While the former White House Chief Strategist made sure to take shots at the “limousine liberals” and the“pearl-clutching mainstream media,” it was the friendly fire that was interesting.
The interview started with Bannon saying, “The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face.” Bannon called out Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, saying they didn’t want “Donald Trump’s populist, economic, nationalist agenda to be implemented.” Bannon also blasted the Bush administration, calling them all “idiots,” and adding, “I hold these people in contempt — total and complete contempt.”
Bannon Clashes With Catholic Church
When he wasn’t blasting the Republican party, Bannon, who is Catholic, was making some heavy accusations about leaders in the Catholic Church. Charlie Rose reminded him that Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, is opposed to what is happening with DACA. Bannon said the Catholic church has ulterior motives, saying, “They need illegal aliens to fill the churches. It’s obvious, on the face of it. That’s what the entire [group of] Catholic bishops [are] condemning. They have an economic interest. They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration — unlimited illegal immigration.”
There was one person the former White House chief strategist refused to blast, and that was Donald J. Trump. Bannon said of his former boss: “Donald Trump’s a fighter. Great counter-puncher — great counter-puncher. He’s a fighter. I’m going to be his wingman outside for the entire time.”
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