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MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt Goes Off On Bannon: ‘Nihilist,’ ‘Fraud’ and ‘Vandal of Our Institutions’

Tell us how you really feel, Schmitty!

Last night, Breitbart chief and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon traveled down to Alabama to campaign for embattled Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore. While delivering his anti-establishment message, Bannon decided to attack MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough by telling the Alabama crowd that he went to better schools than Joe, even though Scarborough went to the University of Alabama.

During an MSNBC panel discussion this morning, political analyst Steve Schmidt absolutely went off on Bannon and his so-called populism and anti-elitism. Asked by host Stephanie Ruhle how Bannon could “get on that stage as a good old southern boy” and receive applause, Schmidt called Bannon fraudulent and a failure.

“Well, I can’t speak to the room — I do know this,” the Republican strategist said. “He’s a nihilist. He’s a fraud. He’s a vandal of our institutions in this country. He is a pernicious force in American politics.”

He continued, “But he’s not winning anything. Bannonism, Trumpism, 32% of the country supports it. Now, understand, Richard Nixon had a 29% approval level the day that he resigned the presidency. The numbers aren’t just low, they’re historically low.”

Schmidt went on to state that the country as a whole hasn’t had a chance to reject this ideology and direction yet, stating that they won’t really get that chance until next year’s midterms. He also added that while the people in that room may have been excited by Bannon, they aren’t representative of the country.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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