Bannon Predicts 2019 Will Be "Most Vitriolic Year In American Politics Since Before The Civil War"

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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon predicted in an interview Sunday on CBS's "Face The Nation" that the coming year "will be the most vitriolic year in American politics since before the Civil War."

"I think the next 90 days to four months is going to be a real meat grinder," he said. "You have the Mueller report coming out. You have what's happening on this investigation of the inaugural committee, you have the Southern District of New York, you have other investigations going on. I mean the pressure on the president is coming from many different angles."

"I think 2019 will be the most vitriolic year in American politics since before the Civil War," he said. "And I include Vietnam in that. I think we’re in for a very nasty 2019."

SETH DOANE: Looking ahead to campaign 2020, do you think President Trump will see a primary contender?

BANNON: Oh definitely. I think definitely from the- from the center, from the- from the Republican party moderates and from the left of the Republican Party.

DOANE: Can he stand up to that?

BANNON: I think it will be symbolic. I don't think it will be serious.

… I think we have to get through 2019. I think two thousand-.

DOANE: People are already starting to look forward though.

BANNON: I think the next 90 days to four months is going to be a real meat grinder. I think the--.

DOANE: In what ways?

BANNON: You have the Mueller report coming out. You have what's happening on this investigation of the inaugural committee, you have the Southern District of New York, you have other investigations going on. I mean the pressure on the president is coming from many different angles. I think you've already seen it from what the Democrats some of these reports they've been dropping here without telling anybody. I think that now they control the House they can weaponize this, they could weaponize the Mueller report.

… I think that 2019 is going to be the most vitriolic year in American politics since before the Civil War. And I include Vietnam in that, I think we're in, I think we're in for a very nasty 2019.

… I think what comes down the other side of that, then you can position yourself for 2020.

DOANE: And you think the president can come out of 2019 in a much weaker position?

BANNON: No I think he comes out in a much more battle hardened position. I think it's going to be a very tough four or five months for the president. I think, for the team around him. But I think it will be- I think it will get him very focused.



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