It has been nearly a year since Steve Bannon was ousted from the White House. And in the time since, Bannon - who played a critical role in getting Trump elected - has kept a low profile. But on Sunday, he made his triumphant return to the Sunday shows - his first appearance since leaving the White House - to talk about DACA, Trump's "zero-tolerance" border policy, Trump's recent triumph in North Korea and many other topics with ABC's Jonathan Karl on "This Week."
Asked about the Trump administration's decision to separate children from their parents at the border, Bannon stood his ground and defended the administration's policy, pointing out that people coming over the border are criminals at that point, and US law doesn't allow children to be kept with their criminal adults.
"The president has been enforcing a "zero-tolerance" policy along the southern border and I want him to enforce the law...We have a crisis on the Southern border."
Steve Bannon to @jonkarl on the Trump Administration's policy of separating children from their parents illegally crossing the southern border: "I don't think you have to justify it. We have a crisis on the southern border." https://t.co/Czhc4TVDWM pic.twitter.com/ibgk8aqAEA— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 17, 2018
Asked about the morality of separating children from their parents, Bannon insisted that "the morality is the law" and that "they are criminals when they come over here."
.@jonkarl: "We are taking and separating these young children from their parents at the border. What about the morality of it?"— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 17, 2018
Steve Bannon: "The morality is the law. They are criminals when they come across illegally." https://t.co/CxmJUpijSn pic.twitter.com/2g0ZSmD3TV
Bannon said he opposes any immigration bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients - and that Trump's support for the bill stems from a desire to be a "leader for the whole country": "If you support this bill… I think this is a way to potentially lose 50 seats [in the House], otherwise I think we run the tables."
Steve Bannon tells @jonkarl he opposes any immigration bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients: “If you support this bill… I think this is a way to potentially lose 50 seats [in the House], otherwise I think we run the tables.” https://t.co/eIcwX4ANkz pic.twitter.com/WvFQdVqdmd— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 17, 2018
Bannon added that he would force a shutdown over Trump's border wall.
Moving on from the subject of immigration, Bannon defended Trump's pursuit of a deal with North Korea, arguing that he is "trying to be a peacemaker." Bannon bashed fellow Republicans for Trump being "vilified" over his meeting with Kim, and questioned why members of the Republican establishment haven't offered a more enthusiastic defense of Trump's push to bring peace to the Korean peninsula.
On the subject of the IG report, Bannon insisted that this is only the beginning. Trump should order Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to comply with all Congressional subpoenas - and if he doesn't within 48 hours, "he's fired."
Steve Bannon says Pres. Trump tomorrow should “order” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “comply with every subpoena of documents and witnesses to Capitol Hill” and “if he does not do it in 48 hours, he's fired.” pic.twitter.com/WM1feepIgc— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 17, 2018
Of course the mere fact that Bannon was allowed to utter such facts on television has been deemed as 'hate speech' by the liberal twitterati who are already demanding a boycott of ABC for providing Bannon a platform.