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Charlie Rose interviewed Steve Bannon for CBS 60 Minutes, broadcast on Sunday.

Most revelations were teased in terms of the criticism of current Catholic church policy on immigrants. More useful was considering the consistency of tone for Bannon in comparison to his session with Priebus at CPAC.

The Bannon spin was the opposition to Trump  comes from a fictive GOP establishment, with loyalty and the Irish black book in force for “streetfighters”,

Apparently Trump’s use of Twitter “disintermediates” the media, according to Bannon. Because the 40 million fake followers apparently constitute the direct connection despite all those bots.

The project of eradicating the permanent political class (K Street and the Beltway bureaucracy) make sense to many actual libertarians.

His real ire is laid upon the Bush administration, and his deflections on leaks was telling.

Apparently Bannon knows the Russians colluded because he hid behind a reason of classified intelligence reports.

His economic populism is based on citizenship, where documentation is the criteria for the current racist pandering. There will be for undocumented immigrants, no path to citizenship, no amnesty, and everyone undocumented needs to self-deport.

Similarly, Bannon apparently believes that immigrants and slaves played no part in the divisions of labor exploited under The American System.

Bannon sees “The American System” as economic nationalism and  the actual core (sans Whigs(sic)) of the Bannonist policy script that Trump continues to follow. Unfortunately we’re in the 21st Century and global trade includes actual modern economies.

The reality was that Trump is really quite clueless and that whatever policy outline he follows comes still from Bannon, whose combativeness probably gets more interesting with less makeup and more alcohol.

Bannon is, however his pretensions, a rather simple Trump booster, except he’s in the circle that gets to call him “Donald”.

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Top quote: “The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face.”

  • 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 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 the Russia investigation: “It’s a total and complete farce. Russian collusion is a farce.”…

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