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Bannon Attacks George W. Bush for ‘Destructive’ Presidency

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday described former President George W. Bush as one of the most “destructive” U.S. presidents in history. In a scathing speech at a California Republican Party convention on Friday night, Bannon singled out the 43rd president for his warnings against bigotry earlier this week, saying Bush has no idea whether “he is coming or going, just like it was when he was president.” “There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,” Bannon told the crowd before calling for an “open revolt” against establishment Republicans. Bannon’s critical remarks came after Bush said Thursday that “bigotry seems emboldened” under President Trump and warned against “white supremacy.” Bannon, seeking a dramatic shake-up of the GOP, also tried to boost morale among California Republicans, saying those who helped get Trump in the White House could hang on to power for decades.“If you have the wisdom, the strength, the tenacity, to hold that coalition together, we will govern for 50 to 75 years,” he said.