"Bannon Declares War On The GOP": Key Highlights From His 60 Minutes Interview

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Steve Bannon appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday night in his first-ever TV interview. The full interview, which Charlie Rose defined as the one in which "Bannon declared war on the GOP", can be watched, with a full transcript, below (link):

Here is Charlie Rose's introduction:

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, during his brief tenure in the West Wing and his few months as CEO of President Trump's campaign, earned many nicknames among his admirers and his ever-expanding list of enemies. He was the "great manipulator," "Trump's Svengali," "the Grim Reaper," "Propagandist-in-chief."


He describes himself as a "streetfighter." And he proved it in this, his first-ever television interview.  Bannon is back running Breitbart News -- the website where the alt-right and conspiracy theories meet conventional conservatives. The streetfighter, shiv-in-hand came ready to brawl, and not with liberals or Democrats.

... but with the "Republican establishment." For those pressed on time, courtesy of Axios, here are Bannon's most notable quotes, starting with his war with the GOP: "The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That's a brutal fact we have to face."

  • On 'the establishment': "In the 48 hours after we won, there's a fundamental decision that was made. You might call it the original sin of the administration. We embraced the establishment. I mean, we totally embraced the establishment ... Because ya had to staff a government."
  • On his relationship with the president: "I think I'm a street fighter. And by the way, I think that's why Donald Trump and I get along so well. Donald Trump's a fighter. Great counter puncher. Great counter puncher. He's a fighter. I'm going to be his wing man outside for the entire time, to protect [Trump]" and "to make sure his enemies know that there's no free shot on goal."
  • On Trump's Charlottesville remarks: "I was the only guy that came out and tried to defend him."
  • On the "Swamp": "The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That's a brutal fact we have to face." 
  • On Gary Cohn's critical interview with the Financial Times: "If you don't like what [Trump's] doing and you don't agree with it, you have an obligation to resign."
  • On Republican criticism of Trump's national security strategy: "That's the geniuses of the Bush administration. I hold these people in contempt, total and complete contempt ... They're idiots, and they've gotten us in this situation, and they question a good man like Donald Trump," Bannon said, naming Condoleezza Rice, Brent Scowcroft and Colin Powell.
  • On Economic Nationalism: ""Economic nationalism is what this country was built on. The American system. Right? We go back to that. We look after our own."" 
  • On the Russia investigation: "It's a total and complete farce. Russian collusion is a farce."
  • On Trump's tweets: "He knows he's speaking directly to the people who put him in office when he uses Twitter ... [General Kelly's] not going to be able to control it either because it's Donald Trump."
  • On campaign discussions following the Access Hollywood tape's release: "Trump went around the room and asked people the percentages he thought of still winning and what the recommendation. And Reince started off and Reince said, 'You have two choices. You either drop out right now, or you lose by the biggest landslide in American political history.' ... And I told him as he went around, I was the last guy to speak, and I said, 'It's 100%. You have 100% probability of winning.'"
  • On the Catholic Church: "Because unable to really to come to grips with the problems in the church, they need illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the churches."

The full interview can be found here.

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HRH Feant2's picture

Amen. Reign of Terror, Part two.

Bring it. I am sick of these smug fucks raping the US Taxmule. Sick to death of it.

uhland62's picture

Doesn't have to be reign of terror. Not enlisting in the military can weaken those who want to rule over you. Not immediately, no, gradually, one person at the time. 

HRH Feant2's picture

I agree. I stopped advising people to enlist in the miltary a few years ago. Trannies in the militiary was nothing less than full-blown social engineering. I have also said, go for it. Make women enroll in the select service just like men. They want to be equal? Bring it.

Another option is to go Galt. I understand no everyone can do this. But stepping out of the system is possible if you have saved some assets and invested those assets wisely. I went Galt years ago.

How many highschool students would get that reference? How many adults? Not enough.

Karl Marxist's picture

Support your fucking president, douche bag. Support the US Constitution. Support the rule of law. Support going after the central banks, help the old systems crumble that allowed master criminals like Obama and Clintons and Bush;es to be brought to justice. Support George Webb, Jason Goodman and real journalists suppressed by the Jew media. Change this fucking world or get out of the way and stop sitting on your fat asses of debt.

uhland62's picture

The globalists and the swamp cannot win if people do not join the military.

Draft is no longer possible as modern weapons systems need a long time to train people; you cannot have a draft of 3 to 5 years. And besides, the trainers do not like people with guns who resent being there. 

Stormtrooper's picture

So, Steve, let's not beat around the bush.  Give us a target list and we'll get'r done, one head shot at a time.

yogibear's picture

Bannon was a miliitary officer. He knows how much BS there is. 

You can be sure he saw the deep-state in action at the Whitehouse. It was so bad he had to resign.

uhland62's picture

The General was going to ration his hours with Trump. So yes, given the circumstances he can be more effecitive from the outside although the extension of the swamp and its depth make it a long and hard road.

People have to come along, a lone voice is not doing the trick. And Bannon will also have to have a good succession plan. He lives very dangerously. Air craft accidents and cancers ....

Duc888's picture



Shit might actually get done if Ryan and Mconnel went missing.

johnwburns's picture

Who knows wtf is going on at this point, but this does sound like it might be close to the truth. Heresy to come out and say that the party you won with needs to be shattered, but we've sensed this was true since 2014. 

Twee Surgeon's picture

He  was severely affected by the gamma rays, we know that much for sure.

DeathingerStar's picture

Cardinal Dolan would not dignify Bannon's DACA view with a response...  too busy shoving his dick in some hapless illegal alien altar boy's ass? Who knows? 

az_patriot's picture

It's interesting, if not predictable, how 60 minutes is spinning the interview.  Yes, Bannon is going after the GOP establishment -- but that doesn't translate into a get out of jail free pass for the liberals and Democrats.  The Democratic party is a disaster -- and going downhill further each day.  As long as the Democrats attract idiots like Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer -- they're doomed.  Bannon doesn't need to target the Democrats -- they're taking care of their demise on their own.

Krink26's picture

Absolutely love that he called out the Bush admin as much as Obama and Clinton. Two heads of the same beast. Go get em Bannon!!!

Jayda1850's picture

And yet people still keep blowing Trump even after he fired Bannon. Explain to me that cognitive dissonance?

cstu7011's picture


Lord Raglan's picture

Pretty hard to argue with anything he says..........

holdbuysell's picture

And the status quo gravy train rolls on...

DemandSider's picture

Every profitable East Asian country is economically nationalist. For example, even if you were born in Japan to non Japanese blood parents whose families have lived there for generations, you would still not be a Japanese citizen. What's really astounding is that this blatant racism toward immigrants persists, even during a severe labor shortage.

Prius owners, why do you tolerate such blatant racism from Japan, but the slightest suggestion of economic nationalism by Trump causes psychotic behavior?



afronaut's picture

They aren't white so it's ok. Whites can't have a cause to rally around because when they do they end up proving their superiority in creativity and adaptation. Can't have that. 

DemandSider's picture

My wife and kids are mixed race, but they still live here and need a good future, with a manufacturing trade surplus, like Japan. As an American economic natiionalist, I don't expect color or religious conformity, although that is an economic advantage for East Asia, but I do expect my government to protect my economic security. Here are some Americans whose economic security is not being protected. Note the colors of the Americans in this video, and their anger:



The first candidate to harness that kind of anger, and make it his/her top priority, and act on it, would do pretty well.




just the tip's picture

i saw this video when it first came out.  i was amazed at how the speaker was able to force the mass of people to STFU so he could continue to just tell them how they were being fucked over.

if they had drug the son of a bitch from the podium and curb stomped his ass, then gone to the executive suite and repeated the action, that too would have simply been a business decision.

torabora's picture

mmmm I do not think MS13 goes to mass. Ever

IntTheLight's picture

They do tattoo themselves with the cross. Does that count?

Catholic Church reaps tens of millions resettling migrants and Muslims. It's a racket.

arby63's picture

War against all these fuckers. Our political parties are an embarrassment.

BitchesBetterRecognize's picture

couple points:


Bannon calls himself a "street fighter"- yet he stepped down .....  

Bannon calls out the Bush clan "idiots" - yet the majority of Trump's cabinet is Bushs junior people-specially the MIC, so .....



lots of bravery in words by Bannon, but -like Trump- it only remains in words, because actions show the opposite ... 

Honest Sam's picture

You don't know what 'street fighting' is, idiot.

BitchesBetterRecognize's picture

the ones that I've fought - I either won or gone down..... but never ever stepped away from the fight- like Bannon. 


clear enough for you? 

geo_w's picture

Obvious you have never fought that much.

Berspankme's picture

Which means you have never fought one

afronaut's picture

I think Bannon and trump are good friends and suspect that this whole thing with Bannon was a plan between them. With all the swamp creatures around trump he can be more effective from the outside. 

GoldHermit's picture

Ok - I've now seen the interview. My take - Charlie Rose is an asshole.

samsara's picture

Charlie Rose is a CFR mouthpiece trying to control the conversation.

Like Mika, Anderson, Andrea, etc

LA_Goldbug's picture

"control the conversation" , exactly.

King Of Mars's picture

That interview was just delicious, I would love to see what 60 cut out and left on the editing room floor.  Bannon was awesome!!

Zepper's picture

Bannon should run for fucking president. He obviously gets it. If we were playing darts, bannon would be hitting the fucking bullseye every fucking time. Trump seems to miss the mark then bounces back.


Everything Bannon said is why Trump won.


What people dont get is that the RNC and DNC are hand in hand. When the RNC says to the DNC we cant get this passed... the DNC says we will get it passed next election as long as you make a big hoopla about how bad it is... this way our base turns out. Look at obamacare 8 years of fake repeals... FAKE like the fucking news... and as soon as they get the white house, congress and senate they fail to repeal the fucking thing... its absolutely a mockery. It should have been repealed the week after the inaugeration.


I hope Trump does not sink into the fucking swamp... he had Bannon as a floater to keep him clean.

geo_w's picture

Trump is much smarter than you give him credit. Bannon gets it. He knows who Trump is.

Son of Loki's picture
Triggered: George Clooney has Full Blown Meltdown Over Steve Bannon — ‘Licking My Ass’




Clooney gave over a Million dollars to support soros funded hate groups.

Clooney gave zero to Hravy victims.

Clooney gave zero to assit Irma victims.

geo_w's picture

I thought it was interesting that Clooney was calling Bannon a pussy. I've always thought Clooney was a pussy. I never thought Bannon was.

dogismycopilot's picture

Bannon was a Surface Warfare Officer in the USN for 7 years. He's a true cold warrior. 

dogismycopilot's picture

Clooney wants Bannon to lick his ass? What a sicko!

Write Swatch (who owns Omega) and tell them you think Clooney is CLASSLESS. 

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IntTheLight's picture

Clooney did nothing for the Africans in tent cities living near his home in Lake Como either. Instead, he had legislation passed protecting his home from anyone coming anywhere near it.

And what straight man says lick my a??. A "straight" man married to an uber wealthy beard who, as a human rights attorney, protects despots and people like her family who control a lot of land in foreign countries.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Clooney is slowly starting to look like a dried plumb which is vividly seen in the recent Venice photos of him and the decoy called "his wife". He is all mouth and PR. He notices problems all over the world but none in the US. What a patriot.

Honest Sam's picture

It wasn't that hard hitting.  Seems like any other slightly elevated in tone interview.

Let's see some fucking fireworks, Bannon.

Stop talking and start acting.


ElTerco's picture

The other half of that 60 Minutes episode covered how the United States armed forces is addressing the reality of Global Warming by taking action to maintain military dominance in the Arctic.

cakeeater's picture

Imagine our country without career politicians. I wish there were more like Bannon. He's a true American.

InnVestuhrr's picture

Republican party is doomed to self-marginalization.

Catahoula's picture

I would like to see Mitch and paul replaced. Humiliation factor alone would be such a delight to see.