Bannon: Trump's DACA Decision Could Cost Republicans The House


Bannon said that DACA recipients should "self-deport" when their work permits run out. "That's what has been in America and you seem to want to turn it around and stop it".

Bannon, who gave an interview that aired Sunday on CBS News' "60 Minutes", accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in particular of stalling the president's legislative agenda and failing to carry out the will of the people.

However, he did admit the commander-in-chief and his team have made some significant errors since the election, which is honestly just putting it lightly.

As Bannon put it to Rose, "The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election". He also expressed dismay that in the immediate aftermath of the election win, they chose to "embrace the establishment". That's a brutal fact we have to face.

"They're idiots, and they've gotten us in this situation, and they question a good man like Donald Trump", he said.

In the interview, Bannon slammed Clinton for a speech she gave on the presidential campaign trail past year attempting to connect the "alt-right" and white supremacists to the Trump campaign, saying her comments "landed flat" and were "nonsense". "Because directionally I think it's a very different investigation". "Because ya had to staff a government". "He says, "I can't - I can't hire any smart people, ' because everybody's all over him for reporting requirements and - and the pay, et cetera, and the scrutiny". "Our whole campaign was a little bit the island of misfit toys".

"I think if there's one criticism or one observation is that the President in coming here, right, has still thought, at least in the beginning of his administration, that it's about personalities and "If I can change this personality" or 'If I can get this guy on my side, I can do that".

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Bannon would not openly confirm whether he was in favor of firing Comey, but he noted media reports that said he was adamantly opposed to it and did not refute those reports.

For instance, he appeared to confirm that he had argued against Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, acknowledging that it may be the biggest mistake in "modern political history" because it led to the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation probe.

ROSE: The firing of James Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history? Bannon described that as "too bombastic" an assertion, narrowing it to "modern political history".

Bannon went on to talk about the "swamp" in Washington, hinting at the lobbyists reaching out to politician, and said the "swamp" could not be cleared in eight months.

He went on to acknowledge that if Comey had not been let go, it's unlikely that the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller would have been established.

But even he sees the disaster that has emanated from the decision to fire the man who had been in charge of the Russian Federation investigation.

"Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK", Cohn told the Financial Times in August.