Sep 7, 2017

Bannon slams Catholic Church on DACA — ‘they need illegal aliens’

CBS

In his first interview since leaving the White House, Steve Bannon told CBS News' Charlie Rose "the Catholic Church has been terrible about" the DACA decision, called himself a "street fighter" and said Gary Cohn "absolutely" should have resigned.

His quote on the Church and DACA:

"The bishops have been terrible about this. By the way, you know why? You know why? Because unable to really – to – to – to come to grips with the problems in the church, they need illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the churches. That's – it's obvious on the face of it. That's what – the entire Catholic bishops condemn him. ... They have – they have an economic interest. They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration... As much as I respect Cardinal Dolan and the bishops on doctrine, this is not doctrine. This is not doctrine at all. I totally respect the pope and I totally respect the Catholic bishops and cardinals on doctrine. This is not about doctrine. This is about the sovereignty of a nation. And in that regard, they're just another guy with an opinion."

Watch the full interview on CBS's 60 Minutes this Sunday at 7 p.m.

Other quotes:

  • On media: "The media image I think is pretty accurate. I'm a street fighter.... And by the way, I think that's why Donald Trump an I get along so well. I'm going to be his wing man outside for the entire time..."
  • Trump's Charlottesville speech: "My problem, and I told General Kelly this, when you side with a man, you side with him. I was proud to come out and try to defend President Trump in the media that day."

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