Steve Bannon: ‘No administration in history has been so divided’

Recently departed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has referred to the Trump administration as the most divided in history.

He made the comment in an interview Saturday—a day after his departure was announced—telling the Washington Post, "No administration in history has been so divided among itself about the direction about where it should go."

According to the Post, he had also indicated that, "Trump's base is frustrated by a congressional agenda that has dovetailed more with traditional Republican priorities than the agenda Trump championed."

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Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist for US President-elect Donald Trump, talks on the phone outside Trump Tower in New York on December 9, 2016.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (R) and senior counselor Steve Bannon (L) hold meetings at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 28, 2016.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon is pictured backstage during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin U.S. November 1, 2016.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon (R) is pictured talking to a reporter after a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. October 29, 2016.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon holds a campaign rally the Reno-Sparks Convention Center November 5, 2016 in Reno, Nevada. With less than a week before Election Day in the United States, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are campaigning in key battleground states that each must win to take the White House.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon (C) listens to Trump speak during his final campaign rally on Election Day in the Devos Place November 8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Trump's marathon last day of campaigning stretched past midnight and into Election Day.

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Steve Bannon gets off the plane with US President-elect Donald Trump arrives at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky, for the start of the 'USA Thank You Tour' at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 1, 2016.

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These issues are said to include the controversial border wall with Mexico, the travel ban, and tax reform, among others.

As such, Bannon was quoted as saying, "If the Republican Party on Capitol Hill gets behind the president on his plans and not theirs, it will all be sweetness and light, be one big happy family."

One of the reasons he and the administration are believed to have parted ways was because he had friction with several other top officials; a recent New York Times report called him "A caustic presence in a chaotic West Wing."

The piece added, "Mr. Bannon frequently clashed with other aides as they fought over trade, the war in Afghanistan, taxes, immigration and the role of government."

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"The Indian Runner" (1991) — Executive Producer
Bannon's first movie as an executive producer was, somewhat ironically, written and directed by famous Trump critic Sean Penn. "The Indian Runner" starred Viggo Mortensen and David Morse as brothers on the opposite sides of the law. Here's the trailer.

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"Titus" (1999) — Co-Executive Producer
Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange star in this modern-styled adaptation of the Shakespeare "Titus Andronicus." That story packs an interesting mix of 1950s aesthetics and ancient Roman subject matter. Bannon served as co-executive producer on the project, the production of which was his obsession for almost a decade. Watch the trailer here.

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"Reagan: In the Face of Evil" (2004) — Co-Producer
Bannon wrote and directed this documentary, based on the book "Reagan's War" by Peter Schweizer. It's heavily conservative and positive about the former Republican president, focusing on his Cold War battle with the Soviet Union. It also holds a fairly abysmal 11 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Watch the trailer here.

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"Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration" (2006) — Executive Producer
Bannon's got a lot of interest in illegal immigration. "Border War" expands its look on illegal immigrants coming from Mexico, trying to include everything from human smuggling and crime to protests and immigration laws. Watch the trailer here.

Photo Credit: Genius Products 

"Tradition Never Graduates: A Season Inside Notre Dame Football" (2007) — Executive Producer
For the first time since he was producing Shakespeare, Bannon's filmography takes a break from conservative-leaning movies to talk about how great Notre Dame football is.

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"The Chaos Experiment" (2009) — Executive Producer
Obviously the best way to improve a "Saw"-style serial killer thriller is with a heavy handed anti-global warming message. Val Kilmer is a deranged global warming scientist who no one will believe. So he locks six people in a steam room to simulate what global warming will eventually do to the world. Watch the trailer here.

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"Generation Zero" (2010) — Writer, Director, Producer
More than one critic called Bannon's documentary "Generation Zero" a "horror movie" about the US economy. Bannon explains the economic crash of 2008 by blaming the national deficit and bank bailouts, as well as the 1960s and the Baby Boomer generation. But really, this is about the rise of the Tea Party. Watch the trailer here.

Photo Credit: Citizens United Productions 

"Battle for America" (2010) — Writer, Director, Producer
Bannon tried to get out the conservative vote for the 2010 midterm elections by painting it as a war against the Obama Administration in this documentary. It's kind of hilarious listening to some of the conservative comments about the radical Obama presidency in the face of Trump's first seven weeks in office. Watch the trailer here.

Photo Credit: Cititzens Untied Productions 

"Fire from the Heartland" (2010) — Writer, Director, Producer
Focusing on women in American conservatism, "Fire from the Heartland" paints the picture of a powerful American cultural movement that draws strength from women's issues. The movie posits that angry "Mama Grizzly" conservative women are the unforeseen side-effect of feminism in America. Watch the trailer here.

Photo Credit: Citizens United Productions 

"Sarah Palin: The Undefeated" (2010)
"The Undefeated" chronicles Sarah Palin's rise in battling the Republican establishment and the liberal media. Bannon's doc explores her life and history as a politician, painting her as a warrior who went up against special interests and corruption as she rose from Alaska to the national stage. Watch the trailer here.

Photo Credit: Victory Film Group 

"The Hope & the Change" (2012) — Writer, Director, Producer
Democrats are disillusioned because of Barack Obama, Bannon works to show in this documentary. Interviewing something like 40 Democrats and Independents, the movie finds people who never got the Hope and Change they were promised. Watch the trailer here.

Photo Credit: Amigo Media 

"District of Corruption" (2012) — Writer, Director, Producer
Before he was part of the Trump Administration and the constant allegations of corruption it weathers, Bannon made this doc hammering the Obama Administration with claims of corruption. Bannon wrote and directed this one, working with conservative watch dog group Judicial Watch. Check out the trailer here.

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"Occupy Unmasked" (2012) — Writer, Director

Bannon's documentaries have shown the Tea Party in a positive light, and in "Occupy Unmasked," he goes after a liberal movement. The movie portrays Occupy as radical, uncontrollable, and dangerous. Watch the trailer here.

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"Sweetwater" (2013) — Executive Producer
Taking a break from making documentaries, Bannon produced "Sweetwater." The Western is all about revenge and murdering bad dudes, and has a pretty notable cast, including heavy hitters like January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Ed Harris and Stephen Root. Watch the trailer here.

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"Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power" (2014) — Executive Producer
"Rickover" tells the story of controversial US Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover, who pushed for the first nuclear-powered submarine. After that, Rickover became an entrepreneur and nuclear pioneer, building the first commercial nuclear power plant. The documentary, produced by Bannon, appeared on PBS, of all places.

Photo Credit: Manifold Productions Inc.

"Clinton Cash" (2016) — Writer, Executive Producer
Ahead of the 2016 election, Bannon wrote a documentary adaptation of the book "Clinton Cash" by Peter Schweizer. The movie focuses on Clinton Foundation corruption and suggests foreign money influences Hillary Clinton in government. Another ironic one, as allegations of ethics breaches and using the presidency for personal enrichment continue to follow the Trump family. Watch the trailer here.

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"Torchbearer" (2016) — Writer, Director, Executive Producer
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson goes around the world to talk about Christianity and the Bible in this Bannon-directed doc. The Duck Commander uses the Bible to add context to historical sites, pushing the idea of a culture war to get Christians out to the 2016 polls. Watch the trailer here.

Photo Credit: Citizens United Productions

"Seinfeld" (1992) — Investor
Bannon's investment banking company bought a minor stake in Castle Rock Entertainment, the producer behind the show, in 1992. That gave Bannon's company an undisclosed chunk of the syndication royalties for the show. By 2013, "Seinfeld" reruns had earned $3.1 billion. Even if Bannon only had a one-percent cut of the royalties, "Seinfeld" would have netted him $31 million.

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Republican Representative Pete King of New York echoed the criticism in a recent radio interview, saying, "The White House has just not been functioning. There's been leaks coming out, one faction is undermining another....Unfortunately, Steve Bannon had become a part of the problem."

Despite Bannon's quick transition to Breitbart News, the conservative media outlet he left a year ago to join the campaign, and comment that "the Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over," the president expressed support for him, tweeting Saturday, "I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great!"

Trump later added, "Steve Bannon will be a tough and smart new voice at @BreitbartNews...maybe even better than ever before. Fake News needs the competition!"

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