'Morning Joe' Comes Out and Says It: Time to 'Fire Steve Bannon'

According to the latest Gallup poll, President Trump's approval rating has hit a new low of 36 percent following Republicans' failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare last week. Joe Scarborough attributes this figure directly to the work of Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. 

“There are about 10 percent of Americans who voted for him because he is not Hillary Clinton," the "Morning Joe" host observed. "His base is 35 percent, 36 percent. That’s what he’s boiled down to because he has simply refused to listen to everybody that has told him you need to reach out and be more inclusive.”

After failing to secure enough votes for the American Health Care Act, Trump blamed its failure on a lack of Democratic support, despite holding a Republican majority. But it was Bannon's threats to the conservative Freedom Caucus that caused his own party to fold. 

“‘Oh, they’re going to want me to be Vladimir Lenin and tear down the government because 65 percent of Americans are against us’ — what idiots,” Scarborough said of Bannon, pointing out that Trump's support with independents was waning.

“If [Trump] wants to get his 36 (percent) to 56 (percent), he’s going to have to fire Steve Bannon and anyone else who calls himself a Leninist who wants to destroy the American republic, and start working with Republicans and Democrats,” Scarborough pressed. “Do what 78 percent of Americans told NBC News a couple weeks ago."


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