Former White House adviser Steve Bannon believes the end of Robert Mueller’s investigation means President Trump will soon “go full animal” against his political enemies.
The president will “come off the chains,” Bannon told Yahoo! News over the weekend, following the special counsel’s submission of his final report to Attorney General William Barr, who announced in a summary letter that Trump and his campaign had not colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
“When I saw no new indictments — I thought, Oh my God! They didn’t indict anybody regarding the Flynn investigation, they didn’t indict Don, Jr.! Maybe [Mueller] could have details about obstruction of justice that are not indictable, but are meaningful,” Bannon said.
“But right now, it looks like they have nothing,” he added, predicting that the president will use Mueller’s report findings against his critics.
“He will use it to bludgeon them,” he said. Bannon himself was interviewed twice by the special counsel’s team.
And Trump did not disappoint, firing off at the media and the “Russian Collusion Delusion” in a tweet on Tuesday.
The Mainstream Media is under fire and being scorned all over the World as being corrupt and FAKE. For two years they pushed the Russian Collusion Delusion when they always knew there was No Collusion. They truly are the Enemy of the People and the Real Opposition Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2019
As Barr released his summary letter in Sunday, the president celebrated in a simple tweet that sent his critics reeling.
No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019
Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News and former White House Chief Strategist who left his role in the administration in August 2017, spoke with Yahoo News in Rome before Mueller submitted his report to Barr and again as the attorney general released the summary two days later.
Yahoo News reported:
Bannon spoke to Yahoo News in Rome, the latest stop in his European tour aimed at forging a coalition of populist parties — while condemning Italy’s new tentative agreement with China on economic cooperation, meeting with right-wing political leaders about the upcoming elections for European Parliament — the result of which he believes will push the European Union more to the right, and setting up an academy to train the next generation of leaders in populist, nationalist politics.
Bannon claimed that he told Trump not to slam Mueller and that the outcome of the two-year probe would vindicate the president.
“I kept telling him, ‘Don’t say Mueller’s bad, I don’t think he’s going to have anything,'” he said.
The 65-year-old former chief executive of the Trump campaign noted how the left was “left in tears” following the conclusion of the report.
Read it and weep? Watch the stunned media meltdown across networks when Mueller report is released https://t.co/6qmT0oZRZw
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 23, 2019
“On ‘Rachel Maddow,’ she went 10 minutes into her show before the words ‘no indictment’ crossed her lips. On CNN, they’re in the mumble tank,” he said. “They’re crestfallen. They thought this would be it.”
Bannon weighed in on Democrats and their 2020 election bids, pointing out that Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign will go nowhere thanks to Trump who “has destroyed her candidacy.”
“She’s consistently gone down [in polls] — she’s now at 8 percent. I don’t think we’re ever going to see her in double digits. Why? Because Trump is focused on her,” he said, also dismissing Joe Biden’s chances as he is “too old, too tired and he’s lost his star. You’ll see peak [support for] Biden the day he announces.”
Bannon also predicted that Sen. Kamala Harris and former Rep. Bet O’Rourke will likely come out as Democratic frontrunners but will eventually team up with the California senator running for president and the former Senate candidate from Texas as vice president. Bannon told Yahoo News that Harris is “a classic Democratic centrist with a career as a prosecutor who has been so pulled to the left, so quickly it’s surprising — and that’s an issue” and described O’Rourke’s policies as “shockingly unformed.”
Bannon believes that “unless one of these candidates has broken out on a national basis,” Hillary Clinton may make a comeback.
“She’ll look at this field and says, ‘What a nice group of people — and not one of them can beat Donald Trump.’ She’ll say, ‘I’ve learned from my mistakes, I beat him by 3 million, and there’s not one person in this field who can do that,” he explained, calling the failed 2016 Democratic candidate a “viable alternative.”
“And Democrats want Donald Trump out of their lives,” he added, and will settle for Clinton “as much as Hillary is despised by progressives.”
“All these policies —like Medicare for all — aren’t going to matter. The simple theme for the Democrats is ‘Orange Man Bad,’” he said.
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