Bannon went on the offensive against former President George W. Bush after his attack against President Trump.
Which is a rather smart move by Bannon, politically, and perhaps shows that he’s still on the President’s side. Bannon, if you’ll recall, was dismissed by President Trump as a senior advisor during the summer, at first, began to show a disdain with the POTUS but perhaps that time has passed.
Since leaving the White House as Trump’s top political adviser, Bannon has returned to Breitbart News and embarked on an effort to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans whom he thinks have slowed or blocked Trump’s legislative agenda.
“There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,” Bannon said Friday night during a speech to the California Republican Party.
While never saying his name, Bush gave a clear indication that he was seemingly unhappy with the current administration, say “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism. Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
“It was clear he didn’t understand anything he was talking about,” Bannon said Friday, according to CNN. Bush “has no earthly idea of whether he’s coming or going … just like it was when he was president of the United States.”
Bannon, who was forced out of his post as senior adviser to President Trump this summer, was reacting to a speech Bush gave earlier this week. Bush never mentioned Trump by name, but the speech was a clear rebuke of the current president. Former President Barack Obama had a similar message during two speeches that same day.
While members of the same party, Bannon and Bush have little in common policy-wise. Bannon helped elect Trump on a nationalistic, anti-immigration platform while Bush advocated for a global foreign policy and was pro-immigration.
Since leaving the White House and returning to his position as executive chairman of Breitbart, Bannon has been leading an all-out war against the establishment in both parties. Bannon and his allies have signaled support for a slate of anti-establishment, pro-Trump candidates running against incumbent lawmakers in both parties.