There have been a number of noteworthy firings from the Trump White House over the last nine months, from Michael Flynn to Reince Priebus. One of the most surprising, though, was the sudden ousting of Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
Bannon recently sat down for with 60 Minutes host Charlie Rose for his first post-firing television interview. During the interview, which aired on Sunday, Bannon had a lot to say about President Trump and the Republican party as a whole.
One of the first issues that Bannon addressed was Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
When Rose asked whether or not Trump was right to give Congress six months to create a solution for the 800,000 undocumented immigrants who now are at risk for deportation, Bannon first expressed concerns about losing a Republican majority in the House as a result of Trump’s decision.
‘I’m worried about losing the House now because of this– of– because of DACA. And my fear is that with this six months down range, if we have another huge– if this goes all the way down to its logical conclusion, in February and March it will be a civil war inside the Republican party that will be every bit as vitriolic as 2013. And to me, doing that in the springboard of primary season for 2018 is extremely unwise.’
Rose then asked Bannon what he would do instead, and the former chief strategist said that DACA recipients should “self-deport.”
He added that there should be “no path to citizenship, no path to a green card, and no amnesty.”
Rose responded to this statement by reminding Bannon that many people respect the United States for its willingness to welcome immigrants.
‘America is, in the eyes of so many people — and it’s what people respect America for — it is, people have been able to come here, find a place, contribute to the economy. That’s what has been in America and you seem to want to turn it around and stop it.’
Bannon said that Rose “couldn’t be more dead wrong” because “America was built on her citizens.”
Rose then pointed out that all Americans are immigrants “except the Native Americans who were here.”
Obviously flustered, Bannon responded:
‘Don’t — don’t give me — this is the thing of the leftists. Charlie, that’s beneath you.’
Bannon went on to rant about the importance of “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. We look after our citizen, we look after our manufacturing base, and guess what? This country’s gonna be greater, more united, more powerful than it’s ever been. And it’s not– this is not astrophysics. OK? And by the way, that’s every nationality, every race, every religion, every sexual preference. As long as you’re a citizen of our country. As long as you’re an American citizen, you’re part of this populist, economic nationalist movement.’
Watch a portion of the interview in the video below, courtesy of Media Matters for America.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.