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Friday, February 24, 2017

Bannon-Priebus interview at CPAC

Interview of Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus by American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp

SCHLAPP: On that front -- on that front, I also think it's a perfect moment to thank all of you for helping us elect what will be one of the greatest presidents that ever served this country. It's because of your work...
(APPLAUSE)
... that he made it happen.
BANNON: And Matt, I want to thank you for finally inviting me to CPAC.
(LAUGHTER)
SCHLAPP: Yeah, there's no -- the -- what was the name of the -- the...
BANNON: The uninvited.
SCHLAPP: The uninvited.
BANNON: I know there are many alumni out here in the audience.
PRIEBUS: I didn't like the uninvited.
SCHLAPP: Here's what we decided to do at CPAC with the uninvited. We decided to say that everybody's a part of our conservative family.
PRIEBUS: That's right.
SCHLAPP: And that's what Donald Trump has done to so many of us around the country politically. And you guys have put together an amazing operation. You know, I know you all know this, but the last time a president came to CPAC in his first year, it was Ronald Reagan.
(APPLAUSE) St. Ronald in 1981. And you've put together this -- the president has put together the most conservative Cabinet we've ever seen according to our CPAC ratings and I think a few of us are pretty happy about what looks like is going to happen on the Supreme Court too, so it's a...
(APPLAUSE)
Now, let me ask you two. I'm looking in the back of the room as well, but let me ask you two.
PRIEBUS: Is that the opposition party?
(LAUGHTER)
SCHLAPP: Let me ask you two, we read a lot about you two.
BANNON: It's all good.
SCHLAPP: But I bet not all of it's accurate -- I bet not all of it's accurate. I bet there's some things that don't get written correctly. Let me ask each one of you, what's the biggest misconception about what's going on in the Donald Trump White House?
PRIEBUS: Well, in regard to us two, I think the biggest misconception is everything that you're reading.
(LAUGHTER)
We -- we share an office suite together. We're basically together from 6:30 in the morning until about 11:00 at night.
BANNON: I have a little thing called the war room, he has a fireplace with nice sofas.
PRIEBUS: And it's -- it's actually something that you all have helped build which is, when you bring together -- and what this election showed and what President Trump showed, and let's not kid ourselves, I mean I can talk about data and ground game and Steve can talk about big ideas, but the truth of the matter is Donald Trump -- President Trump brought together the party and the conservative movement.
And I've got to tell you, if the party and the conservative movement are together, similar to Steve and I, it can't be stopped. And President Trump...
(APPLAUSE)
... was the one guy -- he was the one person and I can say it after overseeing 16 people kill each other, it was Donald Trump that was able to bring this -- this party and this movement together. And Steve and I know that and we live it every day. Our job is to get the agenda of President Trump through the door and on pen and paper.
BANNON: You know, but we've known it since August 15th and I think if you look at the opposition party and how they portray the campaign, how they portrayed the transition and now they're portraying the administration, it's always wrong. I mean, on -- on the very first day that Kellyanne and I started, we reached out to Reince, Sean Spicer, Katie.
It's the same team that, you know, every day was grinding away on the campaign, the same team that did the transition and if you remember, you know, the campaign was the most chaotic -- by the media's description, most chaotic, most disorganized, most unprofessional, had no earthly idea what they were doing and then you saw them all crying and weeping that night on -- on the 8th when...
(APPLAUSE)
... when -- and the reason it worked -- the reason it worked is President Trump. I mean, Trump had those ideas, had that energy, had that vision that could galvanize a team around him of disparate -- look, we're a coalition. You know, a lot of people think -- have strong beliefs about different things, but we understand that you can come together to win and we understood that from August 15th and -- and we never had a doubt and Donald Trump never had a doubt that he was going to win.
BANNON: And -- and I think that that is the power of this movement.
PRIEBUS: And -- and on top of that -- first of all, President Trump laid out his vision -- what was it? -- four or five years ago here at CPAC.
SCHLAPP: That's right.
PRIEBUS: And it was that vision -- it's nothing different. If you go back and watch the tape of President Trump four or five years ago, that was the Trump agenda.
One of the things that I used to say all the time -- and Governor Walker and everyone gets sick of me saying it, but I think that President Trump found it -- which is what this country, what all of us, were starving for the whole time because we're so sick of politics and politicians.
In spite of the fact that we love being here, we -- we actually hate politics. But what we were starving for was somebody real, somebody genuine, somebody that was actually who he said he was.
(APPLAUSE)
BANNON: Yep -- yep.
PRIEBUS: And the -- the -- the media attacked us on the campaign; remember, attacked me, you can't spend the money on Trump, go give it to the Senate. Attacked us on the transition, we -- President Trump put in the best Cabinet in the history of Cabinets I think.
Now -- feed ridiculous stories and all we do every day and all President Trump does every day, is hit his agenda every single day, whether it's TPP, whether it's deregulation, whether it's Neil Gorsuch, whatever it is, his promise is coming through every day.
SCHLAPP: He's even -- he's even leaving bathrooms alone, that's kind of a nice, refreshing thing for a lot of people as well.
(APPLAUSE)
BANNON: They happen to think it's a state issue.
SCHLAPP: Of course. BANNON: But -- but -- I think -- let's go back to the point that Reince made for a second. President Trump, when he was running, he made a -- and this is the other thing that the -- the mainstream media or opposition party never caught is that if you want to see the Trump agenda it's very simple.
It was all in the speeches. He went around to these rallies, but those speeches had a tremendous amount of content in them, right? I happen to believe, and I think many others do, he's probably the great public speaker in those large arenas since William Jennings Bryan. This was galvanized.
And remember, we didn't have money. Hillary Clinton and these guys had over $2 billion. We had a couple hundred million dollars. It was those rallies and those speeches, all he's doing right now is, he's laid out an agenda with those speeches for the promises he made. And our job every day is just to execute on that. It's to simply get a path to how those get executed.
And he's maniacally focused on that, and I think that's one of the powers of the transition where many, many people try to come in and try to convince President Trump, hey, you won on this but this is what you want to do.
And he's like, no, I promised the American people this, and this is the plan we're going to execute on. And Reince said -- and by the way that's what you've seen; the executive orders, what the Supreme Court -- the way he's gone through the Supreme Court. And by the way the other 102 judges that we're eventually going to pick, it's just a methodical -- and that's what the mainstream media won't report.
Just like they were dead wrong on the chaos of the campaign and just like they were dead wrong in the chaos of the transition, they are absolutely dead wrong about what's going on today because we have a team that's just grinding it through on President Donald Trump promised the American people. And the mainstream media better understand something, all of those promises are going to be implemented.
SCHLAPP: That's awesome. It's been a...
(APPLAUSE)
You know, Steve you're a really likable guy. You should do this more often.
PRIEBUS: He's not so bad.
SCHLAPP: He's not so bad.
PRIEBUS: Most of the time.
BANNON: Yes, exactly.
SCHLAPP: So, what are 30 days of action, and you guys have touched on some of that action. Each one of you, tell me the one or two things that have happened the last 30 days that you think are the most critical. And what is the one thing that you just -- like you said Steve -- maniacally focused, that has just got to happen early in the administration to really turn this country around? Start first with the first 30 days and then what's that focus after that.
PRIEBUS: So, I mean, there's a lot that -- that's happened...
SCHLAPP: A lot.
PRIEBUS: ... in the -- in the first 30 days. Whether, you know -- and you look at the our -- the world -- our world order and -- and some of the things that are going on that I think are -- will be dealt with soon, but the first thing I think is Neil Gorsuch, for a couple things.
Number one, we're not talking about a change over a four year period. We're talking about a change of potentially 40 years of law, number one. But more important than that -- more important to that, it established trust. It established that President Trump is a man of his word. We always knew that. But when he said here's 20 names on a piece of paper back in July, remember and he said I'm going to pick my judge out of these 20 people that are on this piece of paper and he did it, that's number one.
PRIEBUS: Because Neil Gorsuch represents a conservative -- represents the type of judge that has the vision of Donald Trump and it fulfills the promise that he made to all of you and to all Americans across the country. Second thing, deregulation, what hasn't been talked about a lot is that President Trump signed an order that puts in place a constant deregulatory form within the federal government. And what it says is, for every regulation presented for passage that Cabinet secretary has to identify two that person would eliminate. And that's a big deal.
(APPLAUSE)
And then lastly, immigration;, protecting the sovereignty of the United States, putting a wall on the southern border, making sure that criminals are not part of our process. These are all things that 80 percent of Americans agree with and these are all things that President Trump is doing within 30 days.
SCHLAPP: Steve?
(APPLAUSE)
BANNON: I think the -- I think the same thing; I think if you look at the lines of work, I kind of break it up into three verticals of three buckets. The first is kind of national security and sovereignty and that's your intelligence, the Defense Department, Homeland Security.
The second line of work is what I refer to as economic nationalism and that is Wilbur Ross at Commerce, Steven Mnuchin at Treasury, Lighthizer at -- at Trade, Peter Navarro, Stephen Miller, these people that are rethinking how we're gonna reconstruct the -- our trade arrangements around the world.
The third, broadly, line of work is what is deconstruction of the administrative state. And if you...
(APPLAUSE)
So I think -- I think the three most important things, I think one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history was his immediate withdraw from TPP. That got us out of a...
(APPLAUSE)
... got us out of a trade deal and let our sovereignty come back to ourselves, the people, the mainstream media don't get this, but we're already working in consultation with the Hill. People are starting to think through a whole raft of amazing and innovative, bilateral relationships -- bilateral trading relationships with people that will reposition America in the world as a -- as a fair trading nation and start to bring jobs. High value added, manufacturing jobs, back to the United States of America.
On the -- on the national security part, it was certainly the first -- I think the first two E.O.s that you start to see implemented here of the last couple of days under General Kelly. And that is, do rule of law is going to exist when you talk about our sovereignty and you talk about immigration. General Kelly...
(APPLAUSE)
... and Attorney General Sessions are adamant -- you know, that and you're gonna start to see I think with the defense budget we're going to talk about next week when we bring the budget out and also with certain things about the plan on ISIS and what General Mattis and these guys think I think you'll start to see the other part of that.
But the third, this regulation...
SCHLAPP: Yeah.
BANNON: ... every business leader we've had in is saying not just taxes, but it is -- it is also the regulation. I think the consistent, if you look at these Cabinet appointees, they were selected for a reason and that is the deconstruction, the way the progressive left runs, is if they can't get it passed, they're just gonna put in some sort of regulation in -- in an agency.
That's all gonna be deconstructed and I think that that's why this regulatory thing is so important.
SCHLAPP: We had Dr. Larry Arnn (ph) on the...
(APPLAUSE)
... stage earlier today. And he brought up the fact that we're promulgating more laws and regulations that we ever had before. And most of that are from these independent agencies that are just on autopilot. You guys can stop that.
And also, coming from the federal bunch as conservatives, we know that a lot of times we fight out the political wars over issues we care about and then all of a sudden, liberals on the bench like a lightening bolt out of the sky just change things.
And so what you guys are saying about changing that order is amazing. You know, we all -- we all consume a lot of news; we watch and read a lot of things, there's been a great democratization in news. People get their news now from literally hundreds and thousands of sites.
What -- what would each of you say, what is the -- there's all these polls that are being put out again, is Donald Trump doing a good job, is Donald Trump doing a bad job. I know what you all think. We've been hearing it all -- all day.
What is it that they keep getting wrong and do you think it ever gets fixed? What does the media keep getting wrong about this Trump phenomena and what's happening out there in the country? And is there any hope that this changes?
PRIEBUS: I think there's hope that it's going to change. I mean we -- we sit here, every day and -- and the president pumps out all of this work and -- and the executive orders and the punching through of the promises that he made to the American people.
So we're hoping that the media would catch up eventually. But we're so conditioned to it, I'm personally so conditioned to hearing about why President Trump isn't going to win the election. Why one -- why a controversy in the primaries going to take down President Trump.
I lived through it, as chairman of the party. And -- and it really hit me because it was maybe the summer of 2015 and you remember, the media was constantly pounding President Trump. And the polling kept getting better and better and better, for President Trump.
But it was when I went home and got out of this town. And I went back to Kenosha and I talked to my neighbor and I said, "Bob, what do you think?" And he goes, "Man, I really love that Trump."
(LAUGHTER)
PRIEBUS: And I said, "Sandy -- Sandy, what do you think?" She says, "We're for Trump."
And it was, as you all lived through it too, because you all had different people you were for, but you kept running into your neighbors and you kept running into people that you know. And what did they keep telling you? They kept telling you "Trump, Trump, Trump."
And so...
AUDIENCE: Trump, Trump, Trump...
SCHLAPP: So tomorrow -- tomorrow, OK? Just be patient.
PRIEBUS: But I knew, and so it was back then, with my family and my sister, who is a doctor out in San Diego. And it just kept -- everyone around me -- that nothing -- it was impenetrable. Because it goes back to what I said before, which is that the country was hungry for something far more -- far bigger than one story or on-off issue. It was something that people wanted in this country, that was real, something that was going to change the direction that we were heading. And it was President Trump that was the answer.
BANNON: The reason Reince and I are good partners is that we can disagree. It's not only not going to get better. It's going to get worse every day.
(LAUGHTER)
And here's why. By the way, the internal logic makes sense. They're corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed -- adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like Donald Trump has. President Trump really laid this out, as Reince said, many years ago at CPAC. It's really CPAC that really originally gave him the springboard. It's the first time at Breitbart we start seeing him, and saw how people, you know, his speeches resonated with people.
And then he would go out to these smaller town halls later and really he got traction with the same message he's bringing today. Here's the only -- here's why it's going to get worse: Because he's going to continue to press his agenda. And as economic conditions get better, as more jobs get better, they're going to continue to fight. If you think they're going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. Every day -- every day, it is going to be a fight. And that is what I'm proudest about Donald Trump. All the opportunities he had to waiver off this; all the people who have come to him and said, "oh, you've got to moderate." Every day in the Oval Office, he tells Reince and I, "I committed this to the American people; I promised this when I ran; and I'm going to deliver on this."
(APPLAUSE)
How novel.
SCHLAPP: How interesting. I remember I was being asked by some reports -- they were like why is Trump doing X, Y or Z? And I said, because he said he would do it on the campaign trail.
(LAUGHTER)
It's really not that complicated, is it?
But no, there are -- there are...
(CROSSTALK)
SCHLAPP: ... OK, I like that one. There are some -- there are some parts of this, though, that are fitful. The American Conservative Union which puts on CPAC was created after Barry Goldwater lost in 1964, in an effort to take all different kinds of voices from the right in the conservative movement and bring them together.
So there is this question. There are those folks that consider themselves, you know, classical liberals or conservatives or Reagan conservatives. There are other folks that consider themselves libertarians. There are other folks that are part of this new Trump movement. And Trump brought a lot of new people. There's probably in this -- people in this crowd that wouldn't have been in this crowd before.
So there's a lot of diversity here. We all know it when we're at the bar at the end of the day. And can this Trump movement be combined with what's happening at CPAC and other conservative movements for 50 years? Can this be brought together? And is -- this is going to save the country?
PRIEBUS: Well, first of all, it has to and we have to stick together as a team. I think that what you've got is an incredible opportunity. We've got an incredible opportunity to use this victory that President Trump and all of us, and you, and everyone that made this happen, put together.
And work together. Continue to communicate. It's very similar. Some of the core principles of President Trump are very similar to those of Ronald Reagan. When you look at peace through strength and building up the military, I mean, how many times have you heard President Trump say, "I'm going to build up the military; I'm going to take care of the vets; I'm going to make sure that we don't have a Navy that's decimated, and planes that are nowhere to be found."
Peace through strength, deregulation. You think about the economy, the economic boom that was created. And some of it is going to take a little time, I mean, to get the jobs back; to get more money in people's pockets. Those things are going to happen.
And in the meantime, we have to stick together and make sure that we've got President Trump for eight years. And he's somebody that we know that we're going to be very proud of as these things get done. But it's going to take all of us working together to make it happen.
BANNON: You know, I've said that there's a new political order that's being formed out of this. And it's still being formed. But if you look at the wide degree of opinions in this room -- whether you're a populist; whether you're a limited government conservative; whether you're libertarian; whether you're an economic nationalist -- we have wide and sometimes divergent opinions.
BANNON: But I think we -- the center core of what we believe, that we're a nation with an economy, not an economy just in some global marketplace with open borders, but we are a nation with a culture and a -- and a reason for being.
And I think that is what unites us and I think that is what is going to unite this movement going forward. President Trump tomorrow is coming I think really to express his appreciation.
SCHLAPP: Absolutely. The vice president's coming tonight.
BANNON: The vice president's coming tonight and the reason he understand in CPAC there are many, many, many voices, but he's here to say appreciation and to drive this movement forward. This is really where he got his launch, you know, with his ideas in the conservative movement...
SCHLAPP: Absolutely.
BANNON: ... what seven, six years ago -- five years ago and he wanted to show his appreciation.
We're at the top of the first inning of this. And it's going to take just as much fight, just as much focus and just as much determination. And that one thing I'd like to leave you guys today with is that, we want you to have our back. But more importantly...
(APPLAUSE)
We know -- by the way, President Trump -- we never doubted that for a second, but also and more importantly, hold us accountable. Hold us accountable to what we promised, hold us accountable for delivering on what we promised.
SCHLAPP: Let me just ask as we -- as we close this out. It's time for -- you know you guys have been so sort of kumbaya here it's kind of time for a little bit of a group hug.
(LAUGHTER)
Let me ask you -- OK, I'm sorry I'm going to do the Barbara Walter's thing for those of you who remember Barbara Walters.
Let me ask you, what do you -- you've worked really closely with Steve.
PRIEBUS: Right.
SCHLAPP: You say your offices -- I know what two offices they are, they are really close to each other. What do you like the most about him?
(LAUGHTER)
Hold on, let him think.
PRIEBUS: I love how many collars he wears, interesting look.
(LAUGHTER)
One thing -- we're different, but where we're very similar is that I think that he is very dogged in making sure that every day the promises that President Trump has made are the promises that we're working on every day, number one.
Number two, he's incredibly loyal. And number three, which I think is a really important quality as we were working together to see to it that President Trump's vision is enacted is that, he's extremely consistent.
That, as you can imagine, there are many things hitting the president's ear and desk every day. Different things that come to the president that want to move him off of his agenda and Steve is very consistent and very loyal to the agenda and is a presence that I think is very important to have in the White House and I consider him...
(APPLAUSE)
... but -- and secondly -- and a very dear friend -- a very dear friend and someone that we -- that I work with every second of the day in -- and actually we cherish -- I cherish his friendship.
BANNON: Yeah, you know, I can run a little hot on occasions.
(LAUGHTER)
And -- and Reince is indefatigable I mean, it's low key, but it's determination. The thing I respect most and the only way this thing works is Reince is always kind of steady, he's got Katie and some other people around him, it's very steady.
But his job is, by far, one of the toughest jobs I've ever seen in my life. To make it run every day and to make the trains and you only see the surface. What's going on underneath it, planning what's three weeks down the road to the -- to the degree that we're planning it, of all these E.O.s and legislation and -- you know, whether it's the tax reform bill, Reince is indefatigable in saying, we've got to drive this forward, we've got to drive this forward.
And I think it's one of the reasons we have such a -- and by the way this started back in August when we had this campaign where we were outgunned, out manned, you know, outspent. And it was because President Trump had a message, he had this charisma and he had people like here at CPAC and we just put our heads down and that when we -- and Reince has been unwavering since the very first moment I met him.
SCHLAPP: Well it's a great honor to have you both here.

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55 Comments:

Anonymous BBGKB February 24, 2017 8:17 AM  

I don't think Bannon is right about the lamestream media getting worse and worse as TRUMP continues to win, as there has to be a point of diminishing returns.

BANNON: The reason Reince and I are good partners is that we can disagree. It's not only not going to get better. It's going to get worse every day.

Men can work together while disagreeing but women would let patients die while they tried to get a consensus on decorations.

Blogger Orville February 24, 2017 8:28 AM  

But, but CNN says the White House is an absolute fucking disaster! Reince is on the way out! Bannon is getting pushed aside.

Ha, ha, ha. At this point, if I even listen to Really Fake News, if they said the sky was blue, I'd pop my head out the window to check. Outrageous lying scumbags!

Anonymous Rocklea February 24, 2017 8:39 AM  

Bannons fantastic, almost makes me want to be a civic nationalist.

this is encouraging:
"BANNON: But I think we -- the center core of what we believe, that we're a nation with an economy, not an economy just in some global marketplace with open borders, but we are a nation with a culture and a -- and a reason for being."

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 24, 2017 8:45 AM  

Ok but which one of them is a left wing fascist?

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 24, 2017 8:54 AM  

Ok but which one of them is a left wing fascist?

Obviously the guy from Wisconsin

Blogger Cail Corishev February 24, 2017 8:58 AM  

BANNON: And Matt, I want to thank you for finally inviting me to CPAC.
(LAUGHTER)
SCHLAPP: Yeah, there's no -- the -- what was the name of the -- the...
BANNON: The uninvited.
SCHLAPP: The uninvited.
BANNON: I know there are many alumni out here in the audience.
PRIEBUS: I didn't like the uninvited.
SCHLAPP: Here's what we decided to do at CPAC with the uninvited. We decided to say that everybody's a part of our conservative family.


Ha! "Now that you've beaten us and we fear for our livelihoods, we've decided to stop calling you Nazis, for just as long as we approve of what you're doing. Aren't you thankful? Pay no attention to what we just did to a friend and ally of yours a few days ago."

SCHLAPP: He's even -- he's even leaving bathrooms alone, that's kind of a nice, refreshing thing for a lot of people as well.

Man, they're so....pathetic somehow. They actually see keeping men out of girls' restrooms -- something that everyone thought was common sense up to a couple years ago -- as something extraordinary, that they couldn't really expect a candidate to deliver on. No wonder they keep losing -- they can't imagine anything else.

Anonymous #8601 February 24, 2017 9:02 AM  

The God Emperor is who we thought He was.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 24, 2017 9:06 AM  

Wisconsin fascists are the worst, except for maybe Illinois Nazis they're pretty bad too.

I for one am glad that people take conservatives and their conservatism serious, otherwise the normies might begin to question the whole fraud of the liberalism/conservatism shell game, and we don't want that.

Blogger Nick S February 24, 2017 9:14 AM  

"and Reince is indefatigable"

That's what he meant to say (..or was it?), but it sounded, to me, like he said: "Reince is indefagable"

Was Bannon cleverly saying he thought Reince was highly susceptible to being ...turned?

Anonymous Nick February 24, 2017 9:18 AM  

Rocklea wrote:Bannons fantastic, almost makes me want to be a civic nationalist.

this is encouraging:

"BANNON: But I think we -- the center core of what we believe, that we're a nation with an economy, not an economy just in some global marketplace with open borders, but we are a nation with a culture and a -- and a reason for being."


Bannon is a nationalist, period. Civic nationalism may be the window dressing, but you don't go around talking about "deconstructing the administrative state" without a very strong grounding in what the managerial elite have done with immigration, culture, multiculturalism, identity, race, etc. These ideas are directly from Sam Francis. Bannon probably has a copy of "Leviathan" sitting on his desk. Most certainly not civic nationalism. For PR purposes there's no good reason right now for most people to openly declare themselves "Alt-Right", "Ethno-Nationalist" or the like. Just get the policies into action, no need to give the mass media more ammo.

Blogger Robert Divinity February 24, 2017 9:22 AM  

It's almost like the two cucks on the stage want to avoid the topics the alpha male with them raises. Compare and contrast Steve Bannon's declarative sentences with the clichés and bromides of the other two.

Conservatism is dead.

Bannon knows it.

Most in that room know it.

Blogger Student in Blue February 24, 2017 9:23 AM  

@1. BBGKB
I don't think Bannon is right about the lamestream media getting worse and worse as TRUMP continues to win, as there has to be a point of diminishing returns.

It's not so much the effect of the attacks will get worse, but the attempted severity.

Put in another way, there may be less people as the failing media mouthpieces fail, but they'll be ever more shrill and delusional as they try to hold on to their false worldview.

It'll also eventually fall to outright calling for violence, leading to newspeople getting arrested, I bet.

Anonymous Just another commenter February 24, 2017 9:24 AM  

@7 - not sure if the God-Emperor is who I thought he would be, but he's a lot closer to what I hoped he'd be than I had any right to expect, given the generations of disappointments we've seen.

I still think Rince is a weasel being kept around and fed bad info to smoke out leaks and other traitors, and will then be disposed of. Or else he's kept around for dissection and understanding of "domestic" (i.e., GOPe) opposition thinking in order to counter it.

Anonymous Bryan King February 24, 2017 9:26 AM  

Bannon is right, it will get worse all the way to the end. They are not in it to serve customers and make profit. They are the mouthpieces of billionaires with an agenda.

The next (current) agenda will be control of the internet. In a popularity contest, they lose. So they will have to shut down opposing opinion.

Blogger praetorian February 24, 2017 9:33 AM  

Nationalism is now normalized, folks.

Unbelievable.

Blogger Student in Blue February 24, 2017 9:35 AM  

@14. Bryan King
They are not in it to serve customers and make profit. They are the mouthpieces of billionaires with an agenda.

More scary than the mercenaries, are the zealots. They're the ones who'll fight to the bitter end even when the money dries up.

Blogger James Dixon February 24, 2017 9:37 AM  

> I don't think Bannon is right about the lamestream media getting worse and worse as TRUMP continues to win, as there has to be a point of diminishing returns.

They passed the point of diminishing returns a long time ago, BGKB. They don't seem to have noticed.

Anonymous Bobby Farr February 24, 2017 9:45 AM  

I guess in these early days it makes sense for the Trump administration to work within existing frameworks and condescend to speak with the likes of CPAC. These organizations are so tainted that I would prefer to see them eventually supplanted by Trumpian nationalist organizations.

Blogger wreckage February 24, 2017 9:54 AM  

@15 Damn fuckin' straight it is, and that's an enormous battle that should never have needed to be fought.

Blogger Lazarus February 24, 2017 9:55 AM  

You should also listen to Robert Davi (actor, singer, Breitbart writer) introduce Pence, especially the part about George W. Bush planting the flag of globalism right after Reagan left.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?424396-1/vice-president-mike-pence-delivers-remarks-cpac

Blogger Cail Corishev February 24, 2017 10:04 AM  

"St. Ronald"

You know, if that's not a typo, it's kind of creepy. I still like Reagan, despite some pretty big blunders he made. But to still be idolizing him like they do is weird. I suspect they do it because he's dead, so he can't object to the way they twist and abuse his legacy.

Blogger S1AL February 24, 2017 10:06 AM  

@Cail - He was also the last conservative to be a hands-down, no-questions-asked winner.

Blogger Cail Corishev February 24, 2017 10:13 AM  

@S1AL: True, but you'd think they'd hesitate to point out that their last victory was over 30 years ago. Their kind didn't like Reagan much either, until after he won, but I suppose no one at their event remembers that.

Just think: 35 years from now there could be a CPAC conference where Trump's picture is on all the promotional materials, and they talk a lot about the great conservative victory they carried him to back in 2016.

Blogger praetorian February 24, 2017 10:16 AM  

I've said this before, I'll say it again: Even while the bishop of Rome, all the state churches of Europe and the major mainlines here in the U.S. try their darndest to aid and abet The Enemy, a damned cartoon frog and a buffoonish playboy are going to save Christendom.

Mysterious ways.

Blogger Chiva February 24, 2017 10:28 AM  

Mysterious ways.

Psalm 2:1-4

Blogger Silly But True February 24, 2017 10:29 AM  

After having tossed out the leftists and neocons - no Hillary, Cruz, or Jeb! - there is no fear of our nationalism embodied by Trump to claim anti-individualist, statist, and globaliat expansionism policies i.e. key tenets of the traditional literal Nazi platform.

I am amazed daily for his plans to temper our nationalism with focus on our rules of law, economic power, domestically inward-looking and individual and collective greatness. The last time these principles were focused into national will, the greatest country ever known was born and thrived.

Trump: #MAGA

Blogger Timmy3 February 24, 2017 10:36 AM  

Uninvited... or Disinvited. The Trump Cabinet isn't completed yet. Gorsuch is moving slowly.

Blogger Salt February 24, 2017 10:37 AM  

Much of CPAC was #nevertrump.

Anonymous Looking Glass February 24, 2017 10:38 AM  

@24 It's not the first time the Lord has used Frogs to mock those that thought themselves unto gods.

Anonymous Mark Auld February 24, 2017 10:46 AM  

Bannon is the man I thought he was,there is no guarantee we will win the war,but he is the man with the battle plan.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 24, 2017 10:49 AM  

My takeaways:
1. Work together, work together, work together. Bannon pounds the No Enemies to the Right meme.
2. That room was full of people whose interest in politics is exclusively in lining their own pockets. It was not quite a hostile crowd, but a stiff breeze could make it so.

The only time the Trump Team enjoys Home Field Advantage is outside these stuff-shirt forums, out amongst Real Americans who live Real Lives and to whom the smoke-filled rooms of political operatives are as unfamiliar as the Dark Side of the Moon.

Blogger Lazarus February 24, 2017 10:55 AM  

Cail Corishev wrote:You know, if that's not a typo, it's kind of creepy. I

Sure. The speaker is an actor. They make shit up. The important part was how loyal Reaganite GWB planted the Globalist flag first chance he got.

I found it rather ominous, even though he did not meant it that way.

Its all about the vigilance

Blogger S1AL February 24, 2017 10:57 AM  

@Cail - If the current political parties and alignments even *exist* in 30 years, I'll be astonished.

Anonymous Avalanche February 24, 2017 11:14 AM  

@31 "That room was full of people whose interest in politics is exclusively in lining their own pockets."

Oh, I dunno -- I saw a LOT of young folks, and a pretty good number of MAGA hats. That's a statement -- esp. at THAT affair!

Blogger Elocutioner February 24, 2017 11:32 AM  

"2. That room was full of people whose interest in politics is exclusively in lining their own pockets."

The donor cruise and useless conferences crowd. A bunch of clueless, high trust true believers still attend and haven't figured it out yet. But they're about to.

It doesn't matter how many of our own we send to Congress (Bush with both chambers? Historic wave elections of 2010 and 2014?), nothing ever changes. This is by design. Jeb! was supposed to win the primary and the parasitic chattering class doesn't have to think about anything new or stake out new positions or figure out how to win, they can just sit and bitch about abortion and judicial overreach until they retire. Maybe churn out a few books to hawk on CSPAN or some such lamenting our dire state of affairs.

Along comes a man of action whom they can't control and the madman actually wants to solve the problems and is insanely competent.

C'mon, man, we've got a good thing going here!

And now Trump is exposing the entire scheme by doing what he campaigned on.

We can't find any of those six Obamacare repeal bills.
We can't have a tariff, we need a 'border adjustment tax' from Congress.
We can't deport millions of people, that would be cruel.
We can't deport our violent illegals, they won't take them back.
We can't stop importing refugees and Muslims, not who we are.
We can't build a wall, there's no money.
We can't enforce the border or immigration, courts won't let us.
We can't renegotiate trade deals, that's embarrassing!
We can't modify our NATO or UN funding, the Soviets!
We can't defund sanctuary cities.
We can't fire gov't workers.
We can't can't can't....

The REAL fireworks begin when Trump proposes his budget. Paul 'Omnibus' Ryan *IS* the opposition. And CPAC gave him a standing ovation last year. The jig is up. This may be your last chance to get in on popcorn futures until the midterms.

P.S. Go look up Alinsky's rules. It's almost as if the Republican leadership was chosen specifically by the left to be as incompetent and vulnerable to attack as possible...

Blogger Silly But True February 24, 2017 11:40 AM  

Elocutioner...
Exactly. But missed one specific item: "We can't arrest the pedophiles in our midst (because... I don't want to spend rest of my life behind bars.)"

Anonymous Wooly Phlox February 24, 2017 11:42 AM  

OT but this is too delicious to not share:

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/anti-trump-inauguration-bully-whines-when-facing-jail-time

Anonymous #8601 February 24, 2017 11:58 AM  

@37 - Any guesses as to who were the "backers" who bailed them out?

Cough...(((Soros)))..cough.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants February 24, 2017 12:09 PM  

Matt Schlapp is a toady, lying POS.
I have long been a critic of CPAC & the ACU.

Blogger Elocutioner February 24, 2017 12:44 PM  

@36 Silly But True.

Good point. The more I learn the more I'm convinced that the deep state blackmail theory is the most plausible and comprehensive explanation.

Purging the CIA and State Dept is just whacking off a few tendrils. Publicly delegitimizing their propaganda outlets is another. The landscape will shift dramatically after a few pedo rings are rounded up. Fortunately Trump adapts rapidly. We're living in revolutionary times. It seems there may be a chance that it even stays relatively bloodless.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 24, 2017 12:50 PM  

@20 Lazarus
You should also listen to Robert Davi (actor, singer, Breitbart writer) introduce Pence, especially the part about George W. Bush planting the flag of globalism right after Reagan left.
---

Wait, that's Kolya from Stargate Atlantis :P
I had no idea, very interesting.

Blogger Bodo Staron February 24, 2017 1:00 PM  

BBGKB wrote:I don't think Bannon is right about the lamestream media getting worse and worse as TRUMP continues to win, as there has to be a point of diminishing returns.



Of course they will double down. What else is there to do?

OpenID aew51183 February 24, 2017 1:44 PM  

@40

Completely disband the CIA

The NSA and DHS handle threats to the homeland, the CIA exists solely to destabilize governments, and has gone rogue in attempting to destabilize ours.

Reovke the charter and rent out their old buildings to help slash the deficit.

Blogger JCclimber February 24, 2017 1:45 PM  

Heh, if you think the MSM won't continue to reinforce their narrative, you obviously don't live and work in a dark blue zone. Seriously, these people are impervious to the truth and reality. They never stray outside their own news sources. Never. Absolutely refuse to hear reality. Cannot even consider that Hillary was evil.

They might concede that an occasional straight white male may be acceptable, but only if he is beta and toes the progressive line. They loathe blue collar people. They are filled with hate every single day. They are so dosed up on anti-depressants and $6 coffees and $30 yoga sessions and spa retreats and their little bubble safe zones that they are sort of able to keep reality from entering their thought spaces.

For now. And for the near and mid-term future.

Blogger JCclimber February 24, 2017 2:00 PM  

And I'm also going to repeat my message from Gab.

Don't defund the Sanctuary Cities. Keep it as a threat. But unofficially, ramp up the raids and deportations everywhere else, while NEVER venturing into the Sanctuary Cities. Don't deport even the worst of the criminals as long as they stay in the Sanctuary Cities.

Let it get trickled out to the vast hordes of illegals throughout the land that they are ONLY safe in Sanctuary Cities. Zero safety anywhere else.

Start prosecuting employers who employ illegals. Fine them, not heavily, but constantly and consistently. Go after the smallest businesses first. Stage a few big raids on large businesses so that the publicity keeps the fear level high.

Watch the streams of millions of illegals into the Blue Sanctuary Cities. Who are pretty much crime zones already. Slowly tighten the noose, and if a city council like Miami caves in and overturns the Sanctuary City status, help them too.

Make sure that a repentant Sanctuary City allows the illegals sheltering inside their borders to flee to another unrepentant Sanctuary City.

Unrepentant zones get zero extra Federal $$$. Don't cut them off, but always keep that stimulus ready.

After months of increased muggings, rapes, burglaries, and mountains of trash building up, how long do you think that the globalist narrative will last?

Anonymous EH February 24, 2017 2:15 PM  

The problem is that they don't seem to have a realistic plan to do what they have said needs to be done. It can't be done incrementally with business-as-usual methods.

To succeed, we need a decisive victory not in court but over the courts. The accumulated bad precedents have to overthrown en masse and the judges who upheld them have to be removed as a group.

This requires Congress to be on-board to dissolve the present federal courts and all judicial positions and re-form them with new appointments.

A single bill could return the US code back to any date in the past, say Jan. 1, 1933, just before FDR. A single bill could prohibit the use of any court decision from 1933 to the present being used as precedent in any court case. Some way of smoothing the transition and dealing with the legacy of the last 85 years is needed, of course, but it's easy to get bogged down in minutiae. One idea: Allow the President to in his sole discretion decide what commitments the US government has undertaken since then need to be honored, then pass a second bill modifying the 1932 code in whatever ways have such support that they can be done immediately, then Congress can get to work on addressing more contentious issues.

Impractical? Maybe. More practical than haggling for another 85 years in the vain hope that the code and the courts will move ever more right in the future the way they moved ever more left in the past. The Left wants a system of laws that has never been before, so it can't use the tactic of a general rollback first. This is one of the rare asymmetric advantages of the Right's position.


To pass a legislative overhaul, Congress first has to be cleansed of those who are acting on behalf of interests other than those of their constituents and the nation as a whole. Congress is being blackmailed, both sides of the aisle, probably well over a quarter of the members. This is being done by those who have access to telecom intercepts, principally Israel, who gets the raw NSA data feed and pinky-swears not to use it against US officials. How else to explain Bibi getting dozens of standing ovations? Israel is a nation that has attacked the US repeatedly. The Constitution is quite clear that Congressmen are subject to arrest for treason and other felonies. Unregistered lobbyists and other agents of Israel are also subject to arrest and prosecution.

Once Congress and the courts are re-taken by the population, then the financial industry, the large corporations, the universities and state law and government can be tackled. Perhaps a constitutional convention can be contemplated that would be dominated by men capable of improving on the present Constitution.

Others are far better strategists than I am, and can come up with better plans, but I haven't seen any sketch of a plan that defines winning in a way that doesn't seem like a bad compromise, that doesn't accept the Left's frame, that isn't just fiddling around the edges of today's status quo. Without that, there can be no winning that deserves the name.

Blogger pyrrhus February 24, 2017 2:16 PM  

O/T South Africans riot against immigrants, midst near record unemployment...http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-24/police-fire-tear-gas-rubber-bullets-break-anti-immigrant-protests-south-africa

Blogger pyrrhus February 24, 2017 2:25 PM  

O/T Geert Wilders security detail compromised by dual citizen Moroccan connected with terrorists leaking info...http://gatesofvienna.net/2017/02/geert-wilders-might-be-in-serious-danger/

OpenID aew51183 February 24, 2017 2:43 PM  

@46

A roll-back that far would plunge us into a depression because of the massive shift in regulations and the abrupt severance millions of federal employment contracts.

A repeat of the judicial act of 1802, which abolished the benches of half the judiciary, would be massively impactful. I recommend abolishing all circuit level judiciaries and re-establishing them according to population served today.

Blogger John P February 24, 2017 6:35 PM  

I thought it was a good exchange and people got to hear direct from Bannon. It is good he remains in the background since the MSM will use anything he says in public against him. I thought it went well. Just consider the alternative if Hillary had been elected or one of the other dopes in the Republican party. Thank God. Go President Trump!

Anonymous Man of the Atom February 24, 2017 7:47 PM  

JCclimber wrote:And I'm also going to repeat my message from Gab.

Don't defund the Sanctuary Cities. Keep it as a threat. But unofficially, ramp up the raids and deportations everywhere else, while NEVER venturing into the Sanctuary Cities. Don't deport even the worst of the criminals as long as they stay in the Sanctuary Cities.

Let it get trickled out to the vast hordes of illegals throughout the land that they are ONLY safe in Sanctuary Cities. Zero safety anywhere else.

Start prosecuting employers who employ illegals. Fine them, not heavily, but constantly and consistently. Go after the smallest businesses first. Stage a few big raids on large businesses so that the publicity keeps the fear level high.

Watch the streams of millions of illegals into the Blue Sanctuary Cities. Who are pretty much crime zones already. Slowly tighten the noose, and if a city council like Miami caves in and overturns the Sanctuary City status, help them too.

Make sure that a repentant Sanctuary City allows the illegals sheltering inside their borders to flee to another unrepentant Sanctuary City.

Unrepentant zones get zero extra Federal $$$. Don't cut them off, but always keep that stimulus ready.

After months of increased muggings, rapes, burglaries, and mountains of trash building up, how long do you think that the globalist narrative will last?


Biblical.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable February 24, 2017 11:19 PM  

Just another commenter wrote:I still think Rince is a weasel being kept around and fed bad info to smoke out leaks and other traitors, and will then be disposed of. Or else he's kept around for dissection and understanding of "domestic" (i.e., GOPe) opposition thinking in order to counter it.

He demonstrated great skill at Republican cat-herding during the primaries, and was subsequently offered the position of Trump Administration Cat Herder. I think it's that simple.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 24, 2017 11:29 PM  

Priebus is the organizational man. He's a vital necessity to Trump. He knows every GOP official in Washington personally, he knows how to manipulate and motivate every one of them.
Without Priebus, he has to fight the GOP. With Priebus, he can move the GOP.

Blogger somercet February 25, 2017 8:52 AM  

JCclimber wrote:
Don't defund the Sanctuary Cities. Keep it as a threat. But unofficially, ramp up the raids and deportations everywhere else, while NEVER venturing into the Sanctuary Cities. Don't deport even the worst of the criminals as long as they stay in the Sanctuary Cities.

You magnificent bastard. I have finally seen perfection.

Blogger InfoCoder March 01, 2017 11:09 AM  

Bryan King is correct. The International Dark State (aka Deep State) Ruling Cabal knows that the anti-fake free voices on the Internet are stealing audience share from their own Ministry of "Truth". So for now, they have introduced "soft censorship", using their own favored Big Social Media grounds to do the kind of subtle things. Like Facebook's cheating on trending news, then using Zuckerberg's star power to awe some conservatives (Beck+), and promising to do better after they were caught, then continue but more subtly. And FB meantime enthusiastically complies with foreign censorship mandates. Twitter starts shadow banning; Google's search favoring of "expert" sources is not working well for them, so they're now making it easier to get anti-globalist links cut from their ad sense, and harder to find anti-fake sources.

So they can try to make their censoring overt, which would require either overt violent action -already done several times since the 1950s-1960s, but in high gear, like in Honduras.

In January 2010, a Venezuelan journalist reported that Chavez, Zelaya, and the Castros had met and hatched a plan involving ongoing assassinations in Honduras that they would then blame the elected governments for.

So if some dude kills a mid-level leftist politician, and says Mr. XYZ made me do it, and Mr. XYZ turns out to have connections to Trump somehow, it is likely just another option. (Look for a family connection to the Deep State side, as in the Hinckley-Bush family friendship.)



In the end, Reap and Sow.

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