In a wide-ranging interview, former White House strategist Steve Bannon appeared on Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures” to weigh in on a number of hot topics.
While talking trade and the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with host Maria Bartiromo, Bannon spoke of President Donald Trump starting what he said was a “world revolution” in the efforts to hold firm with China on trade.
“He’s really started, I think, a world revolution in this regard,” Bannon said of Trump. “This populist-nationalist movement of standing up for the little guy.”
In Arizona, Bannon said the Mexican drug cartels control the border on their side and that Trump, now with the help of the Mexican government, is out to “break the backs of the cartels.”
He would later say that for the cartels, human trafficking “is a higher margin business than the drug trafficking.”
“Getting that defense money, that $2.8 billion, President Trump and the Army Corps of Engineers are starting to build long swaths of new wall and replace old wall on the southern border, so I think things are heading in a positive direction,” Bannon said.
He added, “The whole purpose of the wall is to get people to go through the ports of entry, where the rule of law takes place and you can sort all of this situation out.”
Shifting gears to the 2020 presidential election, Bannon said he’s not impressed with the Democratic field.
“I don’t see anybody on that stage right now that can take President Trump one on one,” he said.
“If the Democratic Party thinks Joe Biden is going to be able to go mano a mano with Donald Trump in the general election campaign they’ve got another thing coming,” Bannon continued. “He will run the tables on Biden. Now the second tier candidates like [Sens.] Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, I just haven’t seen it yet.”
Asked about Trump “getting slammed by the left,” and how donors like billionaire Stephen Ross are being singled out for their support of the president, Bannon said it’s the little guy you have to be concerned about.
“This thing with private citizens — [Rep. Joaquin] Castro, I think, is by far the worst, because the billionaires can take care of themselves — but you’re seeing now elected official, Democrats, that are starting to turn on private citizens that support President Trump,” he said. “We’ve never had this in this country.
He added, “This shows you the stability and order that Donald Trump represents, versus the chaos and anarchy of the radical left.”
Bannon went on to say this “radicalized” behavior by Democrats, in effect, shutting down political speech, is “going to get very dangerous.”
Speaking on Universal cancelling the planned September 27 release of “The Hunt,” a film about hunting “deplorable” human prey who’ve been described as “MAGA types,” Bannon, a filmmaker in his own right, called to mind two crazed gunmen who killed 31 people last weekend in a pair of shootings.
“In this environment, to put up film like that shows the irresponsibility of Hollywood,” he insisted. “And Trump has called them out. Remember, Donald Trump is not going to be silenced. He’s going to be in your grill, so if you do this — and I think Universal blinked — they realize they went over the line.”
Bannon continued, “And if Trump had not stood up and called them out, they would have put that picture out and who knows what the would have happened if that picture had come out. Total irresponsibility by Hollywood.”
Back to the 2020 election, Bannon said an 11th hour candidate for the Democrats is not entirely out of the question — names like Michelle Obama or Michael Bloomberg were even bandied about.
“Remember, the Democrats want to defeat Donald Trump,” Bannon said. “That is their focus and to defeat Donald Trump, you’ve got to defeat him. He’s the toughest candidate I’ve seen in my lifetime, tougher than Ronald Reagan and so you’re going to have to bring it.”
He then got another dig in on the current Democratic front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Like I keep saying, if [you’re going to] beat Donald Trump, you’ve got to learn to hit a fastball,” Bannon said. “Joe Biden right now can’t hit change-ups.”
In light of the Democrats’ radical left-wing shift, Bannon also said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Trump get a huge boost in Hispanic support.
“Remember, what President Trump is trying to do on the border is all about the rule of law,” he said. “He’s going to get 40-50 percent of the Hispanic vote in this country, because they understand what he’s done with limiting illegal alien labor, its made jobs — they’ve got the lowest unemployment in more than 50 years, they’ve got wages coming up.”
The left’s open border policies and efforts to attack those tasked with protecting our borders is not going to fly with mainstream American voters, according to Bannon.
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