Steve Bannon, the controversial strategist for President Donald Trump, told California Republicans on Friday that if they don’t join together to take back the state, they’ll see a breakaway effort to create a sovereign nation.
“You are a sanctuary state,” he told a sold-out dinner crowd of about 500 gather at the Marriott Anaheim for the state GOP’s semi-annual convention. “If you do not roll this back, 10 or 15 years from now the folks in Silicon Valley and progressive Democrats are going to try to secede from the union.”
Republicans are just 26 percent of the state’s voters and Democrats hold every statewide office. But Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, told the crowd they could overcome that deficit by building the same unifying coalition that carried Trump to the White House.
Bannon also sharply criticized Sen. John McCain and former President George W. Bush, both of whom gave speeches this week that were thinly veiled condemnations of Trump.
“President Bush, to me, embarrassed himself,” Bannon said. “He has no idea whether he’s coming or going, just like when he was president. … There’s not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s.”