Bannon on ’60 Minutes’: Mainstream Media Trying to ‘Destroy’ Trump

Steve Bannon, in his first major interview since stepping down as Donald Trump’s chief strategist, lashed out at the mainstream media, saying it’s trying to destroy Trump, and defended the president’s use of Twitter as a necessary way of going over their heads.

Bannon, in an interview with Charlie Rose for “60 Minutes,” also railed against the Washington establishment, and said that the “original sin” of the Trump administration was embracing the establishment, agreeing with Republican congressional leadership’s plans to try to repeal and replace Obamacare at the outset.

His criticisms of the media — which he labeled the “pearl-clutching mainstream media” — are hardly surprising, given that he referred to the D.C. press corps as the “opposition party” shortly after Trump took office.

“I don’t think [Trump] needs the Washington Post, and the New York Times, and CBS News,” Bannon told Charlie Rose on Sunday night’s “60 Minutes.” “And



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