Steve Bannon: Trump’s Firing Of James Comey Was The Biggest Mistake In Modern Political History [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports:

In his first extended interview since he left the White House last month, Stephen K. Bannon was unsparing in his criticism: calling out top Republicans, West Wing staff, the “pearl-clutching mainstream media,” special counsel investigators and the Roman Catholic Church.

He even singled out President Trump, labeling his firing of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, the biggest mistake in “modern political history.”

Pressed by the interviewer, Charlie Rose, Mr. Bannon said that had Mr. Comey not been fired, the Justice Department investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia’s election interference would not have been handed over to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

“We would not have the Mueller investigation and the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going for,” Mr. Bannon said. Mr. Mueller is said to be investigating whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice in firing Mr. Comey.

  • Michael R

    Fixed it :

    Trump Was The Biggest Mistake In Modern Political History

    ( and you are as responsible for it as anyone )

    • FAEN

      Pity a Trojan wasn’t used much earlier.

      • Randy503

        Gannon after Trump and the White House indictments: “And we could have gotten away with all these treasonous actions if it weren’t for Trump.”

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  • bkmn

    I think getting people to vote for Trump was the biggest mistake

  • bambinoitaliano

    Pale in comparison to a Nazi/KKK/White Supremacists being allow in the White House.

  • TexasBoy

    Mr. Bannon only has buyers remorse because Trump fired him. If we’re lucky, he’ll go postal.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Or just die in his couch for alcohol poison.

      • RaygunsGoZap

        If his liver were a true patriot it would do the honorable thing – crawl up out his throats and beat him to death.

        • bambinoitaliano

          No luck there cause every fiber of his being is a traitor.

    • kaydenpat

      Postal on whom though? He’s a White Supremacist so I wouldn’t want that.

      • TexasBoy

        Going postal normally refers to someone who has a festering grudge against their former employer for “doing them wrong” and taking the employer and themselves out in a “blaze of glory.” Now who is Brannon’s most recent former employer…hmmm.

    • teeveedub

      I imagine that Bannon is high on the list of people that Mueller wants depositions from. I’d love to see this fuckwit end up in the clink along with the other tRump henchmen.

  • Butch

    So now this racist, nativist, xenophobic asshole is going to be held up as a political guru? I give up.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      He’s up for the “Sarah Palin kids who don’t spell so good award”

      • Butch

        There really is a parallel, though, isn’t there? Opportunistic grifters who see some easy marks?

  • FAEN

    Nazi asshole said what now?

  • DrRobY

    I think Bannon’s ouster was orchestrated by Trump and Bannon as a way of getting a direct mouthpiece in the media.

    • AmeriCanadian

      I suspect it had to do with protecting Bannon from Kelly’s monitoring. Apparently Drumpf and Bannon are on the phone constantly. These interviews are just a bonus.

    • robindaybird

      That’s way too clever for the both of them, They’re very opportunistic and easily take advantage of openings, but show no ability to plan anything in the long term.

      • Cuberly

        Yep. They’re very, short term gains oriented. It’s why they have no workable legislative policy initiatives.

  • pj

    there would have been a special prosecutor in any case. now go back to your internet rag and leave us alone.

  • Gustav2

    Comey was fired because all of you MFers thought you would be serving the King or Dictator* of the United States when Trump was elected and you could do anything you damn well pleased.

    *you know, Obama was a dictator and violated the Constitution daily, right?

    • kaydenpat

      Obama was the worst kind of dictator too – the Black, Kenyan Muslim kind!!!!

      • Gustav2

        That “Black, Kenyan Muslim” part is what violated the Whitie Constitution.

      • netman extraordinaire

        Wasn’t he also homosexual for a while? Or was that a phase?

        • kaydenpat

          Michelle is supposedly a man so there is that.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Comey was fired for NOT taking your other bit of advice about being blindly loyal.

  • crewman

    Spoken like a true criminal. Colluding with Russians in the first place was the biggest mistake in modern political history, not iobstructing justice to get away with the crime.

  • PickyPecker
    • FAEN

      Oy.

    • bambinoitaliano

      When this asshole dies, the CDC ought to send a team of cleaners in hazmat suits to contain his highly toxic corpse. Ebola got nothing on this piece of vile mutated biological mass.

      • Hank

        And he is already “pickled” and “preserved”!!!

    • kaydenpat

      Scary dude. And he had Trump’s ear at that and most likely still does.

      • Jefe5084

        And Trump is so damned gullible. Can be convinced of almost anything that preys on others and that he see’s as good for him.

    • Hue-Man

      PP, saw this ad in the grocery flyer and immediately thought of you! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1091f0fb0ba46a1d3df3193fc65e8471ec6237e5871df0f47533ca4c19f66ceb.jpg

    • Statistics Palin

      That is an embrace of what Catholics call the Glamour of Evil. Catholics are called on to explicitly reject the Glamour of Evil in an oath repeated every Good Friday.

      • The_Wretched

        bannon is rather expressly anti-catholic.

        • Statistics Palin

          Bannon is a cradle Catholic who claims to be Catholic and he is supported by the Catholic right (e.g. Austin Ruse, head of CFAM – the Catholic anti-gay KKK).

          • The_Wretched

            ah his schooling of dolan was him knowing better than the hierarchy? i tend to forget about the ‘charismatic’ catholics.

          • Statistics Palin

            Bannon is an Ustaša. The charismatics are Pentecostals who juggle rosaries rather than poisonous snakes.

    • bzrd

      he IS the one who said they are going to “deconstruct” the government which the Resident Nazi made sure would happen with all his evil cabinet picks

  • Ninja0980

    No, Trump being elected President was.

  • Uncle Mark

    Bannon came out criticizing EVERYONE, but takes no real blame for anything that he did. He’s much like his Still-Dead-Breitbart minions…hating so many groups/people and blaming them for all of his failures, and inability to advance. He obviously failed to see how blowing sweet Naziism in Drumpf’s ear helped lead to Twitler’s Charlottesville pro-Nazi meltdown….ultimately, leading to Bannon getting shitcanned. I also have to wonder how much Bannon was in support for firing Comey before he was against it. They inevitable trials will soon reveal that…if he doesn’t distill/ferment himself to death first

    • kaydenpat

      I doubt Bannon had any real loyalty to Trump beyond seeking to move this administration in an extreme Rightwing trajectory.

      He’s probably a narcissist just like Trump who only loves and looks out for himself. Hence his ability to criticize everyone else and not take any responsibility for his failures.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Drumpf was just bannon’s useful idiot, and maybe he still is.

      • Todd20036

        For someone who looks out for himself, Bannon like to beat the living shit out of himself.
        Sorry, but anyone with that face, and that amount of alcoholic scarring has to have low self esteem.
        Bannon is more of a misery-phile. He only feels better about himself if others feel worse.

  • kaydenpat

    A stopped watch being right and all that.

  • tbj5

    Bannon literally admits he regrets keeping the executive branch instead of abolishing most of it.

    He regrets not staging a full-out coup.

  • TJay229

    He told the truth.

  • No More GOP.

    It’s really distrurbing that 60 Minutes would give a voice to this POS.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Some people will slow down to look at the roadkill or accidents. That’s how the MSM, talk shows and the social media are getting their rating from.

      • another_steve

        Exactly.

        60 Minutes would devote airtime to my grandmother’s rotting corpse, if it made them money.

    • NMNative

      Evil hides in the dark. Giving him airtime to expose his views is paramount to showing the public what kind of vile person he is.

      • Mark McGovern

        Could not agree more.

  • The_Wretched

    While Bannon is news….there needs to be a limit on how much free platform this agent of doom gets. Free media gave us Trump (along with certain election irregularities).

  • another_steve

    The sperm that entered the egg that gave rise to Steve Bannon was the biggest mistake in modern history.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Anal sex could have avoided many atrocities occur in human histories.

      • another_steve

        Nature’s oldest form of birth control.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Many gay men have save the world from far worst consequences.

          • another_steve

            I’ve done a calculation and have determined that if men could give birth as a result of getting it up the ass, I myself could have populated half of Asia, plus Peru.

          • Bryan

            You mean yaoi is real? The asspussy is a thing?

            Edit: But whoever will take Responsibility?

        • bambinoitaliano

          And boys and girls remain virgins and live happily ever after.

      • Uncle Mark

        I assumed that he was the product of anal sex, or he just congealed in some toxic waste dump

    • David Gervais

      That’s the sperm that won?

      • AmeriCanadian

        Gives argument against Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” now doesn’t it?

    • Rebecca Gardner

      2nd biggest mistake. The 1st was the sperm that entered he egg that gave rise to Trump

  • Harveyrabbit
    • Bryan

      Holy shit Bannon!

      ….lookin’ GOOD brah, you hire a new makeup person? Keep ’em on, rockin’ it.

  • Cuberly

    Did anyone actually click on the vid to watch it? (Shudder)

    • Rebecca Gardner

      No. I don’t give a fuck what he has to say. He’s a fucking traitor. He should be on trail for treason. Then, when found guilty, put in ADX Florence until he’s a rotting corpse.

      • Cuberly

        Well, he has a head start on the rotting.

      • netman extraordinaire

        I appreciate a good project plan.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Not gonna waste my breakfast. It’s Monday and I need that caffeine to sustain me.

    • vorpal 😼

      Unfortunately.
      Why do I keep doing this to myself?
      Not the fun type of masochism.

      • Cuberly

        Yeah, he’s sort of a self induced A Clockwork Orange experiment.

  • billbear1961

    O/T: Can someone tell me please if everyone on this list of JMG Florida members has checked in?

    Homo Erectus
    djcoastermark
    Tampadink and Zeke
    Paul in Leesburg
    Hank
    thom
    Handy Andy
    Eddi
    Schlukitz
    Joe’s mom
    LesbianTippingHabits
    JW Swift.
    yetanotherLaura
    And Bjorn “the sexy hunk,” whose last name I can never remember, MAY live in Florida.

    Zhera told me yesterday that Mark’s in Toronto after a flight from Guadeloupe. He should be on his way back home to New Mexico by now if he isn’t there already.

    Hank and thom were here last night, and I saw Paul, Andy, LesbianTippingHabits, and JW Swift this morning on the new Florida story.

    Also saw Zeldacat, who reports all was well with her mom, yetanotherLaura, last night.

    So glad the storm was much less of a monster than they had every reason to fear it would be!

    • Rebecca Gardner

      You’re the best billbear! I do hope we hear all are alive and well.

      • billbear1961

        I am a big worrier, RG.

        I think everyone will probably be okay.

        There were very few fatalities, and not many injuries, right?

        • GayOldLady

          Billbear……I have friends in St. Pete, Tampa, Broward, St. Augustine and Orlando. I’ve talked directly or indirectly to all and I believe our friends in FL on the mainland came out of this ok. Just read Key West appears to be ok, but some of the other Keys seem to have been more affected.

          • billbear1961

            Yes, that’s what Joe’s story this morning says, GOL!

            All in all, however, pretty good news!

          • GayOldLady

            I’ve been so worried about FL I’ve had a tough time sleeping the past 3 days. I have many friends in FL and the beaches of Tampa/St.Pete are, imho, the most beautiful beaches on earth. I’ve spent a lot of time there and intend to spend more time there. I was up on and off all night trying to find news on the Keys. So relieved to know that most of them came through it well.

      • billbear1961

        Lots of people had to help me compile that list.

        When I started it, I’d only thought of 7 or 8 people!

        • Mike__in_Houston

          I have an ex who lives in Ft. Myers; well, Lehigh Acres actually. We were together for a few years back in the 1980s, it didn’t work out, and after many years of not communicating, we got back in touch and decided to try once more. It still didn’t work out and the ending was more acrimonious than it was the first time.
          I really struggled with whether to call him and see if he was all right. UItimately, I did not, partially justifying my decision on the fact that he did not call me after Harvey (I was never in any real danger between my house being on fairly high-lying property and a very deep bayou nearby that I don’t think ever overflowed, but he does not know that), and also partially justifying it on the fact that we might have accidentally ended up trying a third time, which I definitely didn’t want to do.
          I did follow the storm, partially on the Ft. Myers Channel 4 link that Joe provided. I do love Ft. Myers and I’m glad that things turned out to be not as bad as was predicted. I’m sure my ex said, “They always make a bigger deal out of these things than they need to,” and he will continue to have no idea of how lucky he was. I wasn’t that worried about him because he lives on a second-floor condo, although his car could have flooded and of course there is the wind damage. Still, I suspect he is okay for the most part, and I’m glad I held out and didn’t call him.
          I apologize for going on so long. Also, for those who remember, I reached a pretty good settlement with the garage door company who gouged me in repairing my door after Harvey. I was able to hold my filed claim with the Texas attorney general’s office over their heads but then again, since our attorney general is Ken Paxton, I was none too sure they would rule in my favor…

          • billbear1961

            Please don’t apologize, either for keeping us up-to-date or for unburdening yourself of something that troubles you (it’s one of the reasons we’re here, isn’t it?).

          • Mike__in_Houston

            Thank you billbear. I wrote all of this and then decided not to send it. I thought I had deleted it but I guess not…

        • Rebecca Gardner

          I feel like we should make a Good Ol’ Fashioned Phone Chain. So many of us are regulars here and look forward to hearing what each other has to say, even when we (especially me) gets really emotional. What if a 8.0 hits SF? Who is here along with me? We’d all be worried that everyone is OK.

          How do we do that without letting the haters that cruise this site find our personal info?

    • vorpal 😼

      I’m pretty sure djcoastermark, Paul, LesbianTippingHabits, and JW Swift at least have checked in.

      • billbear1961

        I haven’t seen little dj yet, minou.

        • vorpal 😼

          You are amazing for remembering all these people’s locations and being so caring.

          I swear that I wake up all too often not even sure where I am!

          • billbear1961

            lol

            The bear knows where you are, minou!

            I was just telling Rebecca I needed plenty of help to compile that list!

    • Rex

      I’m impressed you know all these names and where they’re from.

      • billbear1961

        I didn’t do it alone!

        My first list only had 7 or 8 people on it.

        LOTS of people replied to me and helped expand it to 15!

        • Rex

          I’m impressed you took the time to do it, reached out for assistance, and most of all – that you really care about the well-being of fellow JMGers.

          • billbear1961

            There’s not very much I can do as the Republic descends into fascist darkness–without massive and relentless protests to challenge and frighten the fascists, I think your democracy is doomed–but what I can do I will for as long as I can.

            Depression is becoming a real problem–I am almost physically ill with worry sometimes–as I see no prominent elected voices in a position of real power speak up 24/7 against the ongoing coup.

            Way too much faith is being put in Mueller and his team. They and the entire Establishment must see the PEOPLE mean BUSINESS, and that will take massive and daily protests, which just AREN’T happening.

            Meanwhile, nothing is being done to ensure secure elections in the future, and Trump has begun to stack the courts with his henchmen. People in government jobs and in the military are afraid to speak out for fear of retribution. There are almost no demands–let alone DAILY ones–for the racist dictator’s financial records.

            Your chances to stop the fascists are slipping away.

            They are consolidating power EVERYWHERE.

            Fascists like BANNON are being mainstreamed by the corporate media.

            It is a waking NIGHTMARE.

          • greenmanTN

            I share your anxiety, but please keep fighting against the depression. Think of it this way, if you give in to it you are letting the bastards win by bringing you down, and though there has not yet been a huge general backlash against Trump and complicity on the part of the GOP, there are many signs that the majority of the US *is* opposed to the shitgibbon and his minions.

            Don’t let the bastards get you down!

          • billbear1961

            I’ve allowed myself to be horribly drained by what’s going on, pretty much since the election, certainly since the monster’s inauguration.

            I may have to take time away from posting to try to correct what’s “gone wrong.”

            I hope I haven’t foolishly “let things go” for too long.

            If I have, I have no one to blame but myself.

            Thanks for your post, Greenman.

          • greenmanTN

            Take care of yourself, sweet pea. No blame, just shore up your own defenses and appreciate the things that are still good and worth celebrating.

          • billbear1961

            You, too!

    • TimCA

      Also Eddie Haskell, Karen FOH and I think Ursus Arctos (sic?) are also in Florida. There’s a retired florist, Larry Ft Pierce, who used to post here a lot. Haven’t seen him for quite sometime. I seem to remember him living right next to water. I hope he and everyone else is ok.

      • billbear1961

        Ah–you see?–my list STILL wasn’t complete!

        Eddi was on the list, although I needed reminding (which made me feel lousy), even AFTER seeing him talk about the storm many times in the lead-up to its arrival.

        UA has been around, lately. I’m not sure if I saw him last night, but he was here very recently.

        I haven’t seen Karen, but she doesn’t post LOTS, does she?

        Yes, anyone living very near water is a particular worry.

        I’ll edit my post to include the others I’d failed to remember or just didn’t know about.

        Thanks, Tim!

        • TimCA

          oops. I didn’t initially see Eddie’s name. Unfortunately we’d never know about where most people live unless one specifically mentions their location or it’s incorporated into their user name. I’m not a big contributor here nor because of life circumstances can I read through every thread. I do value the commentators here and when someone disappears for months , especially our older members, I’m always left wondering if they’re alright.
          xoxo

          • billbear1961

            XO

        • Danieruw

          I’m in FL (though my avatar would make you think otherwise – family is from MN). But I evacuated to the parents in Portland, OR. I think Fort Myers got off relatively under/unscathed so I’m optimistic my home suffered minimal damage.

    • teeveedub

      Joe checked in on Facebook that his mom is OK (although without power, like much of FL).

    • GayOldLady

      I’ve seen Paul in Leesburg and djcoastermark since the storm began. Paul specifically said he’s ok.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      It could be a while. The Turks and Caicos islands got hit on Thursday, and they didn’t even have any news or photos of conditions come out until Sunday. There’s still no commercial flights in/out of the airport, although they are allowing some humanitarian flights to land (the whole airport was under water for a while). Similarly, the Virgin Islands got hit on Wednesday and it wasn’t until Saturday that they were starting to get news/photos out of what conditions were. So it seems to be about a 2-to-3-day lag. Most of the islands that took direct hits have no communications towers anymore.

      • billbear1961

        It will be hard for many to check in if they don’t have power!

        Hank is using his iPhone as “a hotspot to use the internet.”

        I don’t know what that means–will check with CJ–but I’m glad it works!

        Perhaps others will be able to do the same if they can somehow keep their phones charged!

        • Bad Tom

          Using the hotspot feature does require more battery. (Turns your phone into a mini wifi router. The internet is provided by the cell network.)

          A few weeks ago I bought a tiny little battery, smaller than a paperback novel, so that I could jump start my motorcycle at the racetrack. I’ve needed it a few times. The battery is excellent: it can jump start a truck. I got it at Autozone, so any auto parts store would have them.

          You can also use it to power your cell phone or laptop.

          http://www.autozone.com/test-scan-and-specialty-tools/battery-booster-jump-starter-pack/noco-1000-amp-12-volt-battery-charger-jump-starter-/824997_0_0

          • billbear1961

            Mark used a car to keep his phone charged. I think other people had the equipment necessary for the hookup so he could recharge his phone that way. He said next time he will travel with extra power packs and the equipment he needs so he can use a car to recharge his phone without the assistance of others.

            This is my understanding of what happened, Tom.

            I’m rather technology-challenged, if that’s the way to put it. (CJ handles that side of things!)

            I think my trying to explain Mark’s situation proves that about me if there was any doubt until now.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Using a smartphone as a hotspot does work, but it eats up the battery and the data like crazy. So hopefully he’s got power and an unlimited data plan.

    • Bad Tom

      My brother and his wife have returned to their home in Cape Coral. Although they have no power, their house is essentially undamaged.

      • Hank

        Tom, glad to hear about their lack of damage!! I wish them well, while waiting electricity!

        • Bad Tom

          Thank you so much.

      • billbear1961

        Good news, Tom.

        Hope they’ll soon have power!

        It could have been so much WORSE!

        • Bad Tom

          Yes, it could have. Early predictions had storm surge at +14 feet at their address. Predictions at 9 pm last night were for +3 feet. Reality was 0 feet.

          We like it when the storm is weaker than predicted.

          • billbear1961

            We do!

            🙂

    • Hank

      Good Morning BillBear… Had an OK night, and awakened, still having electricity!!! My Comcast is out, so no TV or Internet. Am using my iPhone as a Hotspot to use the internet.
      As Eddi lives about 45 minutes north of me, on the East Coast of FL, I will guess he came through it ok, but may have lost electricity through the winds, etc.
      Even here in FTL, there was a lot of power loss, that may take weeks to restore. I am EXTREMELY fortunate on so many levels. (All of my Hurricane “Resistant” Windows (13) and Balcony Doors (3) withstood the storm on the 11th floor of a corner unit facing East and South.)

      • billbear1961

        It’s great you still have power, Hank!

        Glad everything’s intact!

        Hope you’ll have normal internet service soon!

        Hope we’ll hear soon from Eddi!

        Thanks so much for checking in!

        🙂

    • Nic Peterson

      My folks checked in safe from WPB and were kind enough to remember the 6 hour time difference before calling. No electricity and lots of yard debris, but apparently much less worse than the aftermath of Wilma. I watched the eye pass directly over where my last home in Tampa last night before I went to bed, relieved that the storm was down to a CAT 1.

      It still would be nice for everyone to check in though. Tap tap tap tap tap tap …..

  • Steven B

    Boy, there’s nothing like after-the-fact armchair quarterbacking. Where was he went Trump was deciding to fire Comey?

    • Acronym Jim

      Probably in the room telling Trump to fire Comey.

      • Steven B

        Yep. Exactly

  • Did they press him on being a fucking white supremacist?

    • Tread

      Of course not. It was all softballs.

  • Harveyrabbit
  • Cuberly
  • Rex

    All I can say is Steve Bannon creeps me out.

  • Lori

    So the big mistake wasn’t colluding with a foreign power hostile to the US, it was screwing up the cover-up? Now that’s the thinking of a true patriot. /s

  • crookedstr8

    Who gives a sh*t what Bannon says about ANYTHING? He’s a herpes-laden, chronic-alcoholic, racist, bigot, enemy of the U.S. May he fade away into oblivion…

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    If there was ever a better example of how ugliness on the inside can change someone on the outside:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f5499d253c8978324064258bf31cf1902fc34693150774b82f4de50be4d47688.jpg

    • Treant

      You can already see it starting around the smug, decaying eyes and frown around the dissipated mouth.

    • Acronym Jim

      That’s Charles Nelson Reilly in the back, getting read to grab away Bannon’s cocktail. When Charles Nelson Reilly thinks you’ve had too much to drink, you’ve had too much to drink.

      • Treant

        I thought he and Paul Lynde were racing to grab the cocktail and preserve Bannon’s liver?

        • Acronym Jim

          No, I suspect Bannon was a little shit back then too. They were racing to make sure the drunken idiot didn’t say something that would get The Match Game pulled off the air.

    • DoctorDJ
      • greenmanTN

        Bannon is the sequel, “Portrait Of Dorian Gray- Backsies!”

        (The portrait in that pic does bear a remarkable resemblance.)

    • Gerry Fisher

      What the hell hurt him? What blew away his humanity? (There’s a possibility he was born that way. Ugh!)

    • Rocco

      Whoa.…

  • Dagoril

    Oh I don’t think it was the BIGLIEST mistake lol.

  • Mark McGovern

    Although I despise and mistrust him, the guy is a hell of a speaker, and was a very competent interviewee, in my view.

    • GayOldLady

      Hitler was a very competent “interviewee”. This guy is a nutbag and Charlie Rose shouldn’t give him a platform. This man is not in the mainstream of American thought or American life and needs to be marginalized and relegated to places like Breitbart and InfoWars, not given an air of legitimacy by the MSM.

      • Mark McGovern

        Afraid I have to respectfully disagree. He played a major role in the election of Trump, and a major role in policy development. If you stick him to Fox News interviews, we will never see him in action, and will never know our enemy. That is a mistake. I despise everything about him, but ignorance is not bliss. He is very competent.

        • GayOldLady

          We can “know our enemy” without inviting them into our living room. He does not need to be normalized and his ideas are not open to debate. He is a fringe character and he needs to stay there. The less publicity his ilk get the better off our society is.

          • Mark McGovern

            I would never have known how polished a debater he was had I not listened to him. Given the role he played getting the president elected, and the influence he may yet wield, labeling him a fringe character may be a dangerous under-estimation. People like him need to be debated in open forum, in my view, or they have unchecked license to spew anything they dream up. The guy runs a news outlet -it’s not as if he doesn’t have a forum already.

          • LatrinaDiBucca

            I do not view him as a “polished debater”. Instead, he comes across as a shameless, brash, brazen, bald-faced psychopathic liar who is willing to impose his version of reality on anyone too weak to defend themselves.

            Journalists like Rose are too polite and genteel to effectively interview a psychopath like Bannon and get anything close to the truth. Instead, he should be interrogated by the same type of goons that staffed Guantánamo. OR deposed under oath by a special prosecutor, at least.

          • Mark McGovern

            I thought he handled himself very well, but I get that’s a matter of opinion. I work in a litigation field, so I tend to look at these things through that lens. That said I, like everyone else, am frequently wrong about things. So take it for what it’s worth.

          • LatrinaDiBucca

            Point taken. On the other hand, I have heard people say that they were impressed by how Sarah Palin handled herself in the VP candidate “debate”. I did not consider her non-responsive, non-sequitur, non-sensical ramblings to be effective debate techniques either. More of a middle-finger to the thinking electorate. Bannon seems to fancy himself as a clever, nimble thinker and speaker. Instead, he sounds bluff and slippery to me. Put him in a situation where he has skin in the game, where out-and-out lying could lead to incarceration, and where his bluff would only serve to irritate a skilled litigator, and I think you’d see a very different figure.

          • Mark McGovern

            I never had any respect for Palin’s oration. She was topically hysterical at best. No substance or evidence. Just one big fucking mouth.

            Also, this was the only time I have heard Bannon speak, so I may be giving him too much credit. And you are correct, as a good friend of ours so aptly stated (hope I get his right): The witness box is a lonely place to lie.

          • Rocco

            Lol…

          • Rocco

            Yes,this! ^

  • OdieDenCO

    I’d argue it was the second biggest mistake. the gop allowing donny to high jack their hate train was the first.

    • Lizard

      I bet they thought Pence could control him. Lol. You can’t control a troll, anyone on the internet could have told them that.

      Unless, of course, you play right into the entitlement complexes of mass numbers of trolls and turn them into the alt-right, where they can ruin millions more lives than they ever could bullying people alone.

      I fucking hate Steve Bannon with the fire of a thousand suns.

  • GayOldLady

    If you were doing an infomercial about the bad effects of alcohol and drugs this is the man you would select for the commercial. Look at his face. He is 63 years old and looks at least 10 years older.

  • Jacob

    He’s right but tRump always implodes. It was inevitable.

  • geoffalnutt

    No. Your being born was the worst mistake in history.

  • Jefe5084

    If it weren’t for trump’s firing of Comey, the Republicans would have been able to bury this story in their faux investigations.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Right, then the firing brought in Mueller. I guess “mistake” depends on one’s point of view. I’d call it serendipitous.

      • Jefe5084

        Ditto.

  • Squicky

    Never marginalize an intelligent, hateful person. If you do, they will engage people who are far easier to manipulate, and quickly become more powerful.

  • The_Wretched

    I listened to it. Bannon has ‘liar’ written over his delivery and expressions. His face is very hard to look at. He was also suppressing a strong southern accent. I didn’t know he had one. Finally, yeah, if that’s not late stages of alcoholism, i’d like to know what’s up with him medically.

    • stuckinthewoods

      I didn’t listen to it but I remember local news saying Bannon grew up in Richmond where his family still lives. He went to school at Benedictine HS (Richmond), Virginia Tech, Georgetown, then Harvard.

      • Rocco

        Harvard?!?

    • Lesley

      Probably liver and kidney failure. He has on twelve lbs of makeup and still looks horrible.

  • billbear1961
    • Lizard

      EEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKK!

      • Bill Davis

        from the corpse of the Republic

      • Bill Davis

        Sorry, I was just on Political Wire–I think for the last time.

        So, I’ll be retiring Bill Davis.

  • marshlc

    He’s probably right, it was the firing that really focused attention and most likely led to the special counsel appointment. And if Trump could keep his mouth shut for five minutes, he wouldn’t be in the trouble he’s in.

    He’s missing the point, though, that if you haven’t done anything wrong, there is no need to divert attention away from your coverup. Because there is no need for a coverup.

    • Lizard

      Exactly. I never thought I’d say this, but I agree with Steve Bannon. Of course, his reasons are corrupt, backwards, and evil, but he’s right in principle.

  • Michael R

    Trump did us a favor firing Comey as Mueller is all up in his bees wax .

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a36861101970a043219997ce563c6a09f8929a24d6bd6ebb95a3e2133116227a.jpg

  • The only thing worse than a liar is someone who’s so self-deluded he genuinely believes all the batshit crazy stuff he says.

    The idea that anything could have been done to keep President Dummyhead out of law enforcement’s cross hairs is to be arrogant enough to actually believe right-wing bloggers and rich real estate guys are smarter than everyone who isn’t them.

    DT’s **real** biggest mistake? Being too stupid to realize the Oval Office is a fishbowl and he’s too shady and dishonest to have people looking at what he does all the time.

    • bzrd

      Yes, the Resident Nazi’s reality before the WH was his ability to threaten and or have lawsuits all the time to stop his enemies from getting their wages, taxing his properties, controlling anything he wanted to do or find out about his illegal activities thus he never thought people would investigate his shady doings.

  • Tom Chicago

    Dear Steve, perhaps in the point of view of the current junta, the Comey firing was a mistake in that it drew the more focused attention of Mueller. For the rest of us, it will open the boil that is the source of the national stench, and begin a program of treatment for the underlying infection.

  • Thorn Spike

    Um, no. I think that would be Trump’s hiring Bannon.

  • Willys41

    No, the biggest mistake in modern political history was the US invasion of Iraq, which changed Iraq from being an enemy of Iran into being a great good friend of Iran.

    • andrew

      It also needlessly sacrificed the health and lives of countless military and civilian people and cost about a trillion dollars and destabilized the already pretty unstable Middle East and that’s just some of the horrors it brought about.

  • KnownDonorDad

    We didn’t vote for you, and you’re not the king. Go away.

  • kareemachan

    But I thought Bannon was running everything back then. If it was such a mistake, why didn’t he stop it? Could it be his power was all in his teeny-tiny hate-filled mind?

    Also, too, he sure is lashing out at everybody these days. He sounds petulant and snowflakey right now.

    • motordog

      He’s a whiny cuck

  • Randy503

    “If only people would listen to ME! If only *I* were in charge! I could fix all this!”

  • safari
  • Ann Kah

    “It’s a big mistake, because otherwise they wouldn’t have probed so deep”? What’s bad for the administration is good for the country, at this point. Btw, is Bannon on Mueller’s little list?

  • JCF

    “It’s Not the Crime, It’s the Cover-Up!”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f990171caf02f7cd81396d3bcc92c1ee7b35ece1533b4d69f8ff94939576c98f.jpg

    [No really, it’s the Crime AND the Cover-Up.]

    Listen to me, Democrats in Congress, and listen well: there are NO DEALS WITH DRUMPF, re Russia, BEFORE CONVICTION and REMOVAL from office. And no deals re the Trump Organizations’s ill-gotten goods. ONLY when we get to *sentencing*, if Drumpf SINGS, then maybe there’s a deal. NOT BEFORE!!!! >:-/

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