Steve Bannon: 2019 politics will be like ‘before the Civil War

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s former chief strategist predicted a “nasty” year ahead for the commander-in-chief who faces an onslaught of political and legal troubles.

“I think that 2019 is going to be the most vitriolic year in American politics since before the Civil War,” Steve Bannon told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And I include Vietnam in that, I think we’re in … for a very nasty 2019.”

Bannon, who was ousted from the White House in 2017, cited the upcoming release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, the ongoing investigation into Trump’s inaugural committee and House Democrats’ congressional oversight as upcoming landmines.

“I think the next 90 days to four months is going to be a real meat grinder,” said Bannon, who also was Trump’s campaign CEO in 2016.

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