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strawberry vodka, per seiko into a little bit 11a. >> jesse: that's it for us to. "hannity" is up next with a very special guest, host >> bret: the president's chief strategist is out and there is political fallout tonight. could a corruption trial give the g.o.p. another u.s. senate seat. and monday's solar eclipse, what you need to know. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ welcome back to washington, d.c. this is the second hour of "special report" tonight. i'm bret baier. president trump is working a little short-handed tonight as he tries to come up with a new plan for afghanistan. that is because this is chief strategist steve bannon's last day. bannon's controversial run is one of the president's top policy whisperers ends after a dramatic week of rumors and speculation. chief white house correspondent john roberts here to start us off tonight
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with what we know at this hour. >> good evening. we are learning more by the minute. he denied the public profile of sean spicer or the prestigious title of reince priebus. steve bannon is arguably the most powerful figure to leave the white house so far. >> in the early days of the administration, steve bannon appeared untouchable. the campaign chairman turned top strategist who shared a virtual mind meld with the president on populist ideology. >> if you think they are going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. every day, every day it is going to be a fight. >> but today the release from the white house. white house chief of staff john kelly and steve bannon have mutually agreed today would be steve's last day. we are grateful for his service and wish him the best. the writing had been on the wall for weeks. president trump is said to have grown frustrated the reputation bannon developed as the real power in the white house. a figure for trade on late night television as a grim
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reaper, darth vader character who calle pulled the president's strings. >> of course, mr. president, i will go sit at my desk. [laughter] >> but while president trump had growing reservations about bannon, it was general john kelly's arrival at chief of staff that accelerated the time line. a white house official tells fox news that bannon tendered his resignation to the president on august the 7th. bannon's departure was supposed to be announced earlier this week but was pushed because of the aftermath of charlottesville. at the president's now infamous trump tower press conference on tuesday, it was clear something was up. >> i like mr. bannon. he is a friend of mine. but mr. bannon came on very late. you know that i went through 17 senators, governors, and i won all the primaries. he is a good person. he actually gets a very unfair press in that regard. but, we'll see what happens with mr. bannon. >> the next day bannon gave a stunning interview to the left-wing american prospect magazine in which he attacked his colleagues and
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contradicted the president's north korea policy. an administration official told fox news the interview, quote: didn't help bannon's case. >> their corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed, adamantly opposed to appear economic nationalist agenda like donald trump has. >> bannon's departure drew the expected reaction from the left, the environmental group sierra club wrote good riddance to steve bannon has his brand of vitriol deserves no place in the white house. lauded bannon's expertise and smarts. >> is he someone who brought a lot of talent and wisdom. he understands world history like few others do in this country. so he brought a lot of skills. >> house minority leader nancy pelosi welcomed bannon's departure, using it as an opportunity to bash the president. in a statement saying, quote: personnel changes are worthless as long as president trump continues to
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advance policies that disgrace our cherished american values. it's unclear what steve bannon will do now that he has left the white house. a couple reports indicate that he quotes plan to go to war on behalf of the president against his opponents on capitol hill, in the media and in corporate america. bret? >> bret: he played a key role. chief strategist. you look at politics and how things play out. who fills that role now. >> i think to a large degree kellyanne conway will be. she has the same sort of connection with the conservative base that bannon did. she has got the president's ear. i don't know if she will officially take on a title like that. i think you will see her get more face time with the president. >> bret: all right, job. thank you. let's get more reaction now from a person who has seen quite a lot covering the nation's capital. brit hume joins us by phone. your thoughts on this change. >> hi, bret. whatever the media causes were or timing was of the bannon resignation and when mr. trump accepted it it's pretty clear to me that this
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administration -- this is a administration that badly needed a strategist because it has been pretty disorganized and approach to a multitude of issues. and since that was his portfolio, it would be pretty hard to argue that he had been a great success. at the same time, of course i think bret a lot of that might have had to do with the fact that it was hard to get the president to stay on the same page for more than a few hours at a time at certain intervals. but nonetheless, there it is. and it's not surprising to me that he is now gone and, of course, there is the question that general kelly had to deal with of this brutal infighting that appears to have characterized nearly every hour of this administration which i'm sure john kelly had been trying very hard to put an end to. >> bret: we're told, brit, it's not over, john kelly's cleaning house may very well continue. you look at and i put up this earlier, all of the trump administration transitions, firings or resignations. 11 of them from february 13th until today.
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that is an administration influx. brit brit yeah, one might even argue that much. time it's been an administration in turmoil. certain periods of time it certainly has been. obviously that is the kelly mission is to put a lot of that to rest, to end it. at least below the president. of course as we talked about, bret, the question has been raised by the kelly ascendancy how well he will manage the president. he has said publicly it's not his job to manage the president. it's his job to manage the staff. but, you know, the president's ways do raise a question of how effective a staff under him can be when he marches to his own drunel at all times and the best way plans are out the window because the president decides he wants to veer off in a direction these comments he made this week about charlottesville being only the most conspicuous example. >> bret: yeah, he had this
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big white board, steve bannon did, in his office as chief strategist with all the promises that candidate donald trump made on the campaign trail to try to keep policy to match that alongside. he was considered trumpian. he called himself economic nationalist. there is not really a person who matches that besides the president now inside that white house. >> i think that's true, bret. i really do. but i do think this. that whatever the campaign prom misss may have been, it is very much the case that much of what has turned out to be the trump agenda has been the conventional republican party agenda that's been true on taxes. it was true on healthcare. it's true on a range of issues with the possible exception of trade and immigration. but ivan there the parties have been prepared to go along with him if he would go along with them on the other issues. there is a clear agenda out there. there is not any doubt about that. if you look on foreign
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policy, you have rex tillerson, jim mattis, h.r. mcmaster, at work on that. and now, no doubt, some influence on that from john kelly. and if you look at the situation on north korea, that at least for the time being, there appears to have been a real success there and, of course then, along comes steve bannon and undermines that in an interview with bob cutner. i have known bob cutner for 40 years. he is a journalist but hard core liberal. it's inexplicable that with his resignation on the president's desk apparently and perhaps the president deciding whether to accept it he goes out and gives that interview to cutner in which he says that what the president and his team have essentially been saying about north korea is bs. you can't survive that. >> bret: brit hume as always. thank you. >> thanks, bret. brit brit the manhunt is intensifying tonight for suspects behind two deadly terror attack on civilians in spain. 13 died yesterday in barcelona. another person was killed
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today. along with several terrorists in the seaside town of ca cam cram bliss. >> we now know that these attacks were carried out by a cell of jihads at least nine strong. they began here in barcelona and moved 62 miles south. wounded but refusing to surrender. this terrorist is wearing what appears to be a suicide vest. the police shoot him down. but the confrontation continues. >> shots was fired. he then fell down. and then within two seconds he stood back up. he then stepped over the fence, charged the police again and the police threaten gave some more shots and then he fell down again. >> this was the dramatic scene in cambrils. a beach side resort 70 miles from barcelona. police shot dead five
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attackers after they rammed their car into pedestrians and police. killing one woman. the cambrils attack came 8 hours after a white van mows down pedestrians on barcelona's picturesque mom in and leaving 13 dead including a 3-year-old boy. a moment of silence was held for victims of the attack led by prime minister rahoy and the spanish kings felipe the sixth. the prime minister said his country is mourning in solidarity with the city. >> today spain and more accurately barcelona has received a love and solidarity that we have shared with other cities and countries had theth hit by the same terrorist brutality. >> police believe this 18-year-old was the driver of the van he remains at large. today police searched his family's apartment about 90 miles north of barcelona. officials now belief the attacks are the work of a single terrorist cell and this house this bomb factory. the house blew up on wednesday in what investigators think was an
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error by the terrorists. police have so far arrested four people. but said today they were still trying to identify the others. >> the investigation at the moment is focused on the identification of the people who are at the outcome beer ouk. >> despite the tragedy today cam bricambrils clean and flowig again. a sign this city will not bough to the terrorists. and two new pieces of information, bret. one is that the driver of that white van was one of the men killed in cambrils and also that an american is among the dead. 42-year-old jared tucker from california. back to you. >> bret: benjamin hall, live in barcelona. benjamin, thank you. authorities in the finish town of turkoo are looking for more suspects tonight after a man stabbed 8 people before police shot him in the leg. at least two victims are
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dead. security was heightened at helsingin's national security and country. rex tillerson back in the u.s. is starting a new diversity policy at the state department. correspondent rich edson tells us it could have major implications for some high profile jobs. >> as president trump's critics condemn his words responding to the racial violence in charlottesville, secretary of state rex tillerson, unequivocally denounced those who trade in racial hatred. >> we do not honor nor do we promote or accept hate speech in any form. and those who embrace it poison our public discourse and they damage the very country that they claim to love. >> asked whether the secretary was addressing the president's comments blaming both sides the state department is not. >> it's an they thick call to the american values and idea. i think the secretary is clear in his personal beliefs about that. >> during the speech the state department interns and
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fellows the secretary announced a new diversity initiative. >> we have a great diversity gap in the state department. we need a state department that reflects the american people, reflects who we are. >> the department must consider one minority candidate for every open ambassador position. cultivate more minority employees for leadership and design better recruiting efforts to improve diversity. >> it enriches our work product to have individuals who come with a different cultural perspective or they come with different life experiences. >> the state department says about 12% of senior foreign service officers are nonwhite. only a third are win. secretary tillerson says he also wants to draw future state employeeees from beyond the elite corners of the country. >> america's best and brightest are not just from the ivy league but they are from a lot of other places in the country. >> the secretary then concluded his remarks with some advice. he says conduct yourself with integrity and you will live a life that is whole and complete. fail to do so or compromise it away, and you will live a life that is neither. adding he has seen that happen to others before.
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bret? >> bret: rich edson at the state department. rich, thank you. another of president trump's advisory boards is finished. at least for now. the members of the president's committee on arts and humanity submitted a joint resignation letter this morning. citing his comments about racial violence in virginia. markets end the week on a sorrow note. the dow down 76. the s&p 500 and the nasdaq were off five. for the week the dow lost almost 1 percentage point. the s&p 500 and the nasdaq were down two thirds. the u.s. secret service says it's looking into comments from a state lawmaker in missouri advocating the assassination of president trump. democratic state senator marie chapelle nadal says she was exercising her free speech rights with the facebook post. she is refusing calls from democratic leaders in missouri, including two members of congress to resign. in the u.s. senate, democrats could have a big conundrum on their hands this fall. it involves the corruption
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trial of new jersey democratic senator bob menendez. and what might happen if he is convicted. correspondent doug mckelway tells us what's at stake. >> jury selection gets underway next tuesday in the bribery trial of new jersey democratic senator bob menendez. it sets in motion swirl about shift in the balance of senate power less than a month after republicans fell one vote short of repealing obamacare. >> the ayes are 49. the neys are 51. >> menendez is accused of using his senate seat to help the financial froms of a friend who allegedly returned the favor with almost $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions. menendez has said he is innocent. >> these allegations are false. and i am confident they will be proven false and i look forward to doing so in court. >> his high powered attorney abby lowell reminded reporters at the time of the department of justice's track record in winning political bribery convictions. >> from former hud secretary mike espy in 1999, to
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senator ted stephens in 2007, and two years ago in the case of senator john edwards, prosecutors at the justice department often get it wrong. >> but even if he is found guilty a bribery conviction would not force menendez out of the senate. he would have to voluntarily step down or be expelled by two thirds majority. if all republicans voted for expulsion they would still need 15 democrats, unlikely given their desire to oppose president trump's agenda. new jersey's governor would then appoint menendez's successor but the gubernatorial election to replace republican chris christie is only months away and menendez could agree to leave after new jersey's next governor leaves office. >> they are going to elect a new governor and the democratic candidate is heavily favored in that case. >> further bolstering menendez's chances the supreme court unanimously threw out the bribery conviction of bob mcdonnell
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setting up even higher bar for future political bribery convictions. bret? >> bret: it's one to watch. doug, thank you. the federal case is expanding against a former i.t. aide to florida democratic congresswoman debbie was sermon schultz. awan conspiracy and making false statements. wasserman schultz the former head of the democratic national committee has drawn criticism for keeping awan on her payroll months after a criminal investigation was revealed and he was barred from house it network. schultz says it is all a right wing media attempt to distract from the president's russia investigation. ♪ >> bret: this is a fox news alert about our top story. the website breitbart says its former leader is coming home. steve bannon is out as white house chief strategist but moments ago breitbart's white house correspondent tweeted steve bannon returned to breitbart news as executive chairman of
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breitbart news and chaired our evening editorial meeting. we will talk about all of this with the host of tucker carlson tonight. tucker carlson joins me after the break about the breaking news of steve bannon out at chief strategist in the trump white house. ♪ you know what's awesome?
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the real story has to deal with ideas and policies. bannon was one of the only populist conservatives in the white house. in fact, really at his level one of the rare republicans in the white house. and he staked out -- were at odds with the majority on virtually every possible policy topic. energy, climate, trade, immigration, foreign policy. he was one of the people fighting against h.r. mcmaster on extending more troops to afghanistan for example. he would have fought against sending troops to venezuela something the president mentioned. he was the voice -- very specific and pretty large group of people all of whom were trump voters. to put it another way, the left obviously despises the president, institutional republicans feel the same way. the one group is still sympathetic to the president really represented ideologically by steve bannon. what does this mean exactly politically for the president? i don't know. i don't think it's a small thing. >> bret: i had deputy campaign manager of the trump campaign dave bossie on earlier in the 5:00 hour.
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here is what he said about steve bannon going back outside, now we know back to bright bart news. take a listen. >> steve bannon, leaving the white house, does not necessarily stop him from helping the president fulfill that agenda. and, actually, steve's position is with me today is that it's now easier for him to do the things, to participate in a way that he is not handcuffed like he was inside the white house. being on the outside there a lot of fee dom and have you a lot more weapons at your disposal than when you're handcuffed inside the white house. >> bret: do you buy that tucker? >> he has a lot more weapons, that's for certain. some of them might hurt the president though. there will be -- i don't think there is any question about it, attacks from breitbart and from that sector of american conservatives that the populist, nonestablishment sector of american conservatives aimed at the white house. and the strong feeling is that a lot of these people at the senior staff level at the white house are very
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hostile to the agenda that the president ran on. and i really think this could be the moment where those people start to defect and begin to criticize this administration in a way that they have not up until this point. so i think there ask a lot 6 risk actually for the trump administration in this. >> bret: right, he could say he is fighting or battling for president trump but still be battling against the gary cohn dean of pals h.r. mac masters john kellies who are now in ascendancy inside the white house. >house. >> frame it this way. of the people you just named how many of them would have been uncomfortable in a hillary clinton administration. probably none of them. steve bannon would not have fit n a hillary clinton white house, period. if you frame it that way and you start attacking from that position, you know, it hurts they potentially could do real damage, i think to the president's last remaining strong hold of support.
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>> bret: tucker as always thank you. we will see you 8:00 p.m. on the fox news channel. >> thanks, bret. >> bret: monday's solar eclipse a big deal or much to do about nothing? here is what fox around the country is covering tonight. fox 18 in montgomery four gourds men killed in eastern afghanistan is remembered during a candlelight i vigil. staff sergeant died wednesday when he entered booby trapped building that then exploded. fox 6 in milwaukee as the wisconsin state assembly passes $3 billion tax break package for taiwan based electronics company foxconn plans to build a massive lcd panel in the state. supporters say it will create 14,000 jobs. critics say it will be at least 25 years before the state makes its money back. there is a live look at boston. a rainy boston from fox 25. our affiliate there. the big story there tonight. boston's mayor and police
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commissioner say 500 officers are being deployed to make sure there is no violence during a speech rally and counter protest this week. organizers of the event saturday on boston commons say it is about free speech. critics say it is about white supremacy. we will see what happens. we have got you covered here on fox. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. ♪ ♪
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♪ >> bret: you may have heard -- you've heard, quite a show is expected monday all over the u.s. it is the first coast to coast full solar eclipse in 99 years. millions of americans are planning to watch. are you? >> it brings a large set of opportunities but also problems in ceilings tonight. oregon population 6,000 is fast becoming a madhouse long identified as one of
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the premier places to see the first coast to coast u.s. solar eclipse in a century, the city is bracing for 100,000 visitors this weekend. this is three super bowls. near nearly all hotels and websites have been booked for two years. many homeowners are renting out their houses this one snagged $400 a night with four night minimum. solar fest rented a carrot field makeshift solar town. he will house $3,500 he will rent you half a shipping container. >> it's got airconditioning, beds, daily changeout. showers. electricity, wi-fi, tv. the whole nine yards. and that's the top of the line. >> it's all to see the rare solar system dance that occurs when the moon is at its closest to the earth and sitting perfectly in front of the sun. turning day into night. everyone in the lower 48 states will see a partial eclipse total eclipse will be visible over 70-mile wild
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area start at 10 o 17 in the morning oregon coast and end 3 minutes later at the south korea coast. this californian drove to idaho to be in the path of totality. >> we will be here come hell and high water. special eyeglasses are a must. watch out for scams. unless they are made with iso 123, 122, permanent damage can be done quickly. >> anything more than a second or two really is very risky. >> oregon is expecting 1 million eclipse chaser. so badly the governor declared a state of emergency to deploy the national guard. for those who miss this total eclipse, the wait for the next one that will cross the entire u.s. won't be nearly as long august of 2045 or 28 years for the next chance to bark at the moon in the middle of the day. bret? >> bret: check those glasses. dan springer live out there in oregon. thanks, dan. not everyone is celebrating, obviously. monday's eclipse in tonight's focus on faith,
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religion correspondent lauren green reports there are people who believe it means much more than meets the eye. >> in a few days, millions will witness a rare total solar eclipse as the moon blocks out the sun arching a path across the nation. but beyond the science, some see biblical prophecy that the heavens tell a divine destiny, even a sign the end times predicted in the holly scriptures. >> signs are a mystery. so are prophecy. both those things they are shrouded in mystery. they have to be unlocked. >> only speculate what the eclipse could mean. >> right now we are living in a divided nation. we are seeing lawlessness. we are seeing just recently what's happened. i wonder if it's not a sign from god asking us to come back to our senses. >> from the old to new testament, several verses in the bible reference eclipses the prophet joel what believe second coming of christ in the last days.
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saying the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the lord. astro facist and christian dr. hugh ross says eclipses are far too common to put faith in predicting prophetical meaning. instead eclipses as marvels that creator. >> detailed models of the history of stars which was a huge factor in establishing the big bang creation model, a model that was predicted thousands of years ago in the pages of the old testament. >> jewish scholars say the pages believed eclipse was bad omen caused by our sins. >> next solar eclipse is due in seven years. interesting number of completion. the question for some biblical scholars is god completing something in seven year cycle or just another spectacular show in the sky. bret? >> bret: lauren, thank you. the president's chief strategist is out. so what now? he is in at breitbart news.
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what does all this mean politically? we will get reaction from the panel after a quick break.
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>> had those ideas, had that energy, had that vision that could gal van nice a team around him of dispirit, look, we are a coalition. a lot of people think have strong believes about different things. we understood that from august 15th and we never had a doubt and donald trump never had a doubt that he was going to win. i think that is the power of this movement. >> steve bannon out as streef chase gist owe white house saying is he going to fight on the outside for trump. against his opponents. but telling "the weekly standard" just within the last hour or so. quoting here, bannon was candid and blunt, quote: the trump presidency that we fought for and won is over bannon said. we still have a huge movement and we will make
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something of this trump presidency but that presidency is over it will be something else. there will be all kinds fights. there will be good days and bad days. that presidency is over. politico has a headline tonight that says get ready for bannon the barbarian. in the days before his departure the trump guru told associates he was issuing for a return to guerrilla warfare. with that let's bring in our panel. charts hurt opinion editor for "the washington times." karen at the multi-y for "the washington post" and charles krauthammer syndicated columnist. when he says i'm going outside for trump and against his opponents, what is clear is that some the opponents he sees are inside the white house. >> i think it's about to get very interesting. the -- i know there are some people. some republicans in washington who are probably cheering at this. but, a very significant bear
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has been unchained from the white house. i think a lot of these people, and you are right, there are going to be some of them in the administration, in the white house, i think there are even more of them up on capitol hill who have just earned themselves a new enemy. and i think he is not going to quit. but i also think that it's we can make a little too much of it as well donald trump has refused, been unshakeable in his commitment to those things that he and steve bannon have both been fighting for for a long time i think until other areas like afghanistan and some of these global affairs issues or trade with china, things like that. i think that's where we are going to see a lot of the fireworks. >> bret: karen, to bannon's quote, is that trump presidency over? are we seeing a new evolution. >> there is nothing linear to the trump presidency.
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so to declare that something is over or something has begun is almost, you know, meaningless with this president. what we do know is trump's world is the hotel california. he has checked out but is he not likely to leave. he still has the president's cell phone number. stevsteve. >> bret: you mean steve bannon. >> steve bannon. is he off the leash in the new sort of order that general kelly is trying to impose where the white house chief of staff controlled who goes in to and out of the office and who sees the president. but i think steve bannon is very much going to be in president trump's ear. >> bret: you look back at this interview with american prospect that he gave and some of the things that he said. among them you have the white nationalist movement. these guys are a collection of clowns. ethno-nationalism, it's losers. it's a fringe element. i think the media plays it up too much. we have got to help crush it, you know, help crush it more. the democrats more they talk about identity politics i
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got them. i want them to talk about racism every day if the left is focused on race and identity and we go with economic nationalism we can crush the democrats. in the wake of everything we saw this week, it obviously was not a message that was well received. >> i think that was part. it was several strikes against bannon about that interview. north korea, the undermining of the president's policy, basically saying it's a bluff and it's an empty bluff. the china part where he said we're at war, economic war with china. just when the president is trying to use chinese influence on the north korea problem. and then this. i mean, it may be that they have made their calculation, the president has, particularly when he came out for retaining the confederate memorials. this is a winning issue. if you look at the polls, it is winning issue. and they want to play this in part to get away from the charlottesville press conference. but, also, in part because it's a winning issue,
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cultural issue inside the country. but you don't say it out loud. that's what i think was so amazing about this. bannon is saying we want race to be an issue. we want the country to be divided over this. because we're gonna win. so you add that, i think, on the ledger of things you simply don't say in an interview, and you add what i called on the show earlier the scaramucci moment. there are certain things that you simply can't say and survive and he didn't survive. >> bret: so there are conservatives, charlie, saying this is the last of the trumpians besides president trump himself. and tucker carlson earlier on this show look at everybody else who is advising the president and would they feel uncomfortable in a hillary clinton administration? i mean, what about that for conservatives who look at this administration and say this is not the one that i saw? >> i think that's a very good point. but it's also worth
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remembering that donald trump is not afraid to roll any of the people around them. he has rolled a lot of people. he rolls his own daughter on the paris climate deal. i just -- i think that the fact that he is -- that trump himself is the last trumpian in the white house is a very significant detail. and the lovers of steve bannon is significant but i don't think that it necessarily changes all of that. >> bret: on the outside, he has a huge mega phone in breitbart news. he apparently now is back to being the executive chairman and also led the afternoon editorial meeting today. it happened quickly. executive chairman of breitbart news friday afternoon, the tweet went out. he has a lot of information, a lot of inside scoop from that white house that now is at his fingertips. >> i think, perhaps even more significant than his return to breitbart is the fact that he reportedly on wednesday night, steve bannon had dinner with robert mercer.
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you know. >> bret: hedge fund billionaire. >> biggest financiers of his form of nationalism that there is. and so i wouldn't be even slightly surprised if they come up with some entirely new organism for carrying this out. >> bret: trump tv bannon style. >> absolutely. look, what happened today is that the civil war moved from inside the house to outside the white house. but the war continues. bannon is very clearly going after the same list of people he found were undermining the president. that he talked about in that interview. is he going to go after them from the breitbart platform or any other. is he going to go after all the softies as he sees it on policy. you know, this is going to be really a bloody affair. i think he has been immensely strengthened. i mean, who heard of bannon a year ago? everybody has heard of
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bannon now. i think the meeting with the mercers is very significant. he has billions of dollars behind him. the platform, the machinery of breitbart under him. and he has got a clear free fire zone. is he not held back anymore. this -- i mean, for trump, it was quite a risk which is i think why it took him so long to get rid of bannon. it was a double edged sword and he is now going to have to face one of those edges. >> real quick. >> obviously it's within bloody up until now as well you look up a that list. 11 firings or resignations since february 13th. >> and then also on the hill you actually had the trump administration fail to get key things through i think with bannon on the outside there is a chance he will be able to get get some of these things through.
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>> bret: interesting. friday final round. plus
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>> these allegations are false and i am confident they will be proven false. i have always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law. >> new jersey democratic senator bob menendez the jury selection for that trial, bribery trial starts tuesday. there is a whole bunch of speculation about what happens. if this case really goes forward and prosecutors are making -- able to make it stick, he gets convicted, then what happens? we're back with our panel. charles? >> i think that's an unlikely outcome. but assuming it happens, assuming he resigns, then
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you have this crazy situation where if all of this happens while christian chris city is still in office you get one more republican on that side of the ledger in the senate which might be helpful. you might be able to pass the skinny repeal of obamacare because you needed that one more vote. on the other hand, if it gets delayed and you get election democrats look like they are going to win, then nothing will change. it's a very odd situation. and i'm sure a lot of people are rooting probably for the wrong reasons for him to win or lose his case. >> bret: yeah, i mean we should point out is he innocent until proven guilty. this case is significant. it's going forward. >> but the degree of difficulty in getting a conviction is significantly higher in the wake of the supreme court's decision in former maryland -- i mean former virginia governor bob mcdonald. i think, again, the chances of getting conviction are
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not as clear as they might have looked before brett bret secretary of state rex tillerson today on diversity. >> every time we have an opening for an ambassador position, at least one of the candidates must be a minority candidate. whether it's african-american, latino, hispanic, women, lbgt, come with experiences i do not know. this enriches the quality of our work. we do not honor nor do we promote or accept hate speech in any form. and those who embrace it poison our public discourse and they damage the very country that they claim to love. >> bret: clear statement from the secretary of state, obviously in the wake of everything we saw this week. >> yeah. and this rule -- it's kind of amusing you it's happening at the state department which is probably the least merit cratic institution on the planet also known as the rudy rule for coach -- for dan reason
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rude who owned the pittsburgh steelers who of course picked his ambassador to ireland by barack obama after he supported him early. >> bret: charles? >> you are absolutely right it is the rooney raúl. which overall i think it's a good idea. it is patronizing. it is in some ways condescending particularly for those who are chosen to be interviewed to get answered because of my competence or because of my race? nonetheless, i think the case tillerson made was right. it does expose people to being seen by others who might not have been seen for perhaps even a future appointment. so overall, it's a good thing. >> bret: all right, winners and losers. winner first. >> my winner is elle reese of vice news who really produced an extraordinary 22-minute documentary out of charlottesville by letting the story tell itself. and my loser is trump's agenda after that news
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conference this week. it wasn't even supposed to be a news conference it's becoming clearer and clearer the main obstacle of president trump's agenda may be his own lack of discipline. >> bret: okay, charlie, winners and losers? >> i had had a rough time finding a winner this week. if there is it's probably david duke irrelevant racist dirt bag who millions and millions of dollars free advertising. >> bret: strong letter to follow. >> in the past week. he should be completely ignored. the loser my loser of the week are the millions and millions of very good-hearted decent people around the country who are historically and culturally 3450eu7bded americans who don't want to see their public statues and monuments toppled or co-opted by racist instigators and violent leftist thugs. >> bret: winner and then loser. >> winner is the democratic party. trump's segue way to the
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defense of those monuments that charlie just talked about may prove a political winner in the short run if you believe in the polls. but in the long run, it throws the g.o.p. back 40 years and it will take them years to recover. my loser is obviously our friend bannon. on the other hand, he may come out of this strengthened. he is unshackled. he lost his job but he wasn't really terribly effective. that quote you had where he said that trump presidency, the original, the shining, the one that was never attained is over. i think what he meant is the bannon presidency is over. i don't think it ever got going but it certainly existed in his head. and it was never going to actually event united states. instead he is now in a position to push and to prod from the outside in a way that could be extremely
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powerful. >> bret: panel, thank you. busy week. when we come back, this week's notable
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>> martha: >> bret: an emotionat for washington. here are this week's notable quotable's. >> i didn't think i was going to last too long but i thought i was going to last longer than a carton of milk. >> i think bana just got scary moment anthony scaramucci 'd. >> many sides? this is terrorism, not your order at kfc. >> i think there is blame on both sides. >> very fine people. on both sides. infrastructure questions. this week its warrant back robert e lee. i notice that stonewall jackson is coming down.
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i wonder, is it george washington next week and thomas jefferson the week after? >> our president needs to speak from his heart and bring us together. right now it's a nation divided. >> we also blew the same great flag. and we are all made by the same almighty god. >> that's not what's in his heart. >> you can read a heart? wow, you really have a phd. >> showing affection for each other. >> there's nothing to say right now. >> they tried to kill my child to shut her up. well, guess what? you just magnified her. >> our prayers and the prayers of all the american people are with the victims, their families, and all the good people of spain. >> bret: that was one week. thank you for inviting us into
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your home tonight. fair, balanced, still unafraid. "the story" hosted by my friend and colleague martha maccallum starts right now. kimberly guilfoyle. take it away, k.g. >> kimberly: this is a fox news alert, a major shake-up taking place at the white house. steve bannon is out as president trump's chief strategist. welcome to this especially edition of "hannity." i am kimberly guilfoyle in for sean tonight. according to a new report, steve bannon is saying he is now ready to "go to war" against president trump's opponent, and the media, and a corporate america. john roberts. >> kimberly, good evening to you. we are just getting at this hour, a little bit of a different timeline then we had originally. it looked like john kelly was doing a review of all the positions at the white house, in particular steve