In his interview with Charlie Rose, Bannon strongly suggested that Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history. And that’s not even reading too much into Bannon’s comments. He wasn’t baited into it, either; he clearly signed off on that characterization.
Here’s the exchange:
ROSE: Someone told me you described the firing of James Comey — you’re a student of history — as the biggest mistake in political history.
BANNON: That’s probably too bombastic even for me, but maybe modern political history.
ROSE: The firing of James Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history?
BANNON: If you’re saying that’s associated with me, then I’ll leave it at that.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, then we would not have a special counsel, yes,” Bannon said, moments before the comments above. “We would not have the [special counsel Robert S.] Mueller investigation. We would not have the Mueller investigation in the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going.”
Bannon admitted that saying it was the biggest political mistake ever would be “too bombastic” even for him. But he clearly doesn’t think it’s so outlandish to suggest that it was bigger than lots of things in recent decades.