Karl Rove: Steve Bannon Has Marginalized Himself
Karl Rove joined Dana Perino on "The Daily Briefing" to react to President Trump's apparent break with Steve Bannon.
Bannon, quoted in a new book chronicling the Trump White House, called out the Trump team for what he called a "treasonous" meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign. He also had strong criticism for the president and his family.
Trump responded on Wednesday with a blistering statement, saying that Bannon "lost his mind."
Rove, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush, pointed out that several GOP congressional candidates who have been supported by Bannon have since denounced his comments.
He noted that Bannon had already unsettled many of his supporters when he said, “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over," after he left his position in the administration in August.
He added that Bannon's "maniacal, egotistical self-aggrandizement" in appearing at rallies for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore further alienated those who might be inclined to support him.
Rove said that Bannon has now totally marginalized himself with his comments in Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."
"He's like that famous photograph of the Vietnam War of the monk who goes out there and pours gasoline on himself and then lights himself on fire," Rove said. "Steve Bannon did that over the last two days."
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