Steve Bannon has described to “60 Minutes” how he got his Irish up, taking out his little black book after the infamous Access Hollywood tape and knocking off anyone who was not supportive of Donald Trump in the aftermath.
On the tape, Trump described in crude terms how his celebrity allowed him to take advantage of women. In an upcoming 60 Minutes interview with Charlie Rose, Bannon recalls that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was one of those who failed the test.
“You know, I'm Irish. I gotta get my black book and I got 'em,” Bannon said. “Christie, because of Billy Bush weekend, was not looked at for a Cabinet position.”
“He wasn't there for you on Billy Bush weekend so therefore he doesn't get a Cabinet position?” Rose asked.
“I told him, ‘The plane leaves at 11 o'clock in the morning. If you're on the plane, you're on the team.’ Didn't make the plane,” Bannon said.
Reince Priebus also damaged his relationship with Trump, advising him to withdraw. Bannon however, had no doubt that Trump would survive.
He told Trump he had a “100 percent probability of winning.” It was a forecast so rosy that even Trump would not believe it, Bannon said.
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“Appealing to the American people and to the working-class people in this country, absolutely. You know why? 'Cause – it was a winner. That's why I told him 'double down' every time,” Bannon said. “And on that day, that's the first time and only time he ever got upset with me. He goes, ‘Come on, it's not 100 percent.’ I go, ‘It's absolutely 100 percent.’
"And I told him why: They don’t care.”