Feb 23, 2017

Bannon is attacking the media again

Steve Bannon returned to a favorite attack this afternoon, calling the press the "opposition party" twice in the first few minutes of his conversation with Reince Priebus at CPAC.

"It's not gonna get better, it's gonna get worse," Bannon said. "They are corporatist globalist media who are diametrically opposed to the economic nationalist agenda that President Trump presents…if you think they're gonna give your country back without a fight, you're sadly mistaken…"

Bannon refers to the press as the "opposition party" and says we've been wrong since day 1 pic.twitter.com/iISRb9DLgT— Axios (@axios) February 23, 2017

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