Steve Bannon says California will try to secede from union

ANAHEIM — Steve Bannon warned Californians Friday that if they don’t roll back a newly approved “sanctuary state” law, their leftist leaders “are going to try to secede from the union” in the next decade to 15 years.

In a speech to California Republicans, Bannon compared the state’s fraught relationship with President Donald Trump to the dynamic between South Carolina and the United States under former President Andrew Jackson, who threatened to send the U.S. Army into the state and considered hanging John C. Calhoun, a states rights proponent, from a lamppost.

“We thought the secession issue was settled 150 years ago,” said Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist and the chairman of Breitbart News. “And it’s going to be a ….problem here in California.”

Bannon, predicting the coalition Trump rode to election could hold together for 50 to 75 years, also pilloried former President George W. Bush and dismissed U.S. Sen. John McCain as “just another senator from Arizona.”

Bannon took aim at Bush, calling him a “a piece of work” and charging that he “had no idea what he was talking about” when he rejected Bannon’s nationalist worldview Thursday, “just like it was when he was president of the United States.”

When Bannon mentioned McCain, who gave a similarly tough assessment of his policies earlier this week, someone in the crowd cried out “hang him.”

Bannon also tore into Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell but declined to criticize former Bush adviser Karl Rove because he said it was beneath him.

While Bannon is popular with the party faithful, his presence angered Republicans who for years have worked to broaden their appeal in California.

The party embracing Bannon demonstrates its determination to split “in half” its remaining roughly 25 percent share of voters, said Mike Madrid, a Republican strategist based in Sacramento.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

Bannon brings message of Republican revolt to California

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD

LOS ANGELES — Former White House adviser Steve Bannon wants to oust Republican senators he feels are disloyal to President Donald Trump. But in California on Friday, he’s in a state that Trump lost by over 4 million votes and where Republicans have become largely irrelevant in state politics.

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There wasn’t even a Republican on the ballot in last November’s U.S. Senate runoff — it was two Democrats. And in Orange County, where Bannon is speaking, several Republican House members are trying to hold onto their seats in districts carried by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential contest.

Bannon is delivering a keynote speech at a state Republican convention at a hotel in Anaheim, just days after leveling a blistering attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans at an Arizona fundraiser.

A small group of protesters gathered outside the hotel, chanting and waving signs — one displaying a Nazi swastika. The protesters were kept behind steel barricades on a plaza across an entrance road at the hotel, largely out of view of people entering for the event. No arrests were reported.

Bannon has called for an “open revolt” against establishment Republicans, and is promoting a field of primary challengers to take on incumbent Republicans in Congress. But in California, the GOP has been fading for years.

The state has become a kind of Republican mausoleum: GOP supporters can relive the glory days by visiting the stately presidential libraries of Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, but today Democrats control every statewide office and rule both chambers of the Legislature …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

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