Steve Bannon blasts George H.W. Bush, calls him a 'pervert'

 

  • Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, called President George H.W. Bush a "pervert" in a Thursday Vanity Fair profile. 
  • Six women have accused Bush of groping them. 


Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, called President George H.W. Bush a "pervert," referring to accusations by multiple women that the former president groped them, as part of a Vanity Fair profile published Thursday

"The old man is a pervert," Bannon told reporter Gabriel Sherman. "He's a pervert. Grabbing these girls and grabbing their asses?"

Six women have come forward in recent weeks to accuse Bush of grabbing their buttocks during photo ops and other meetings. In one case, novelist Christina Baker Kline said Bush cracked a joke as he groped her. 

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"You wanna know my favorite book?" Bush whispered as the cameraman prepared for the shot. He then said, "David Cop-a-Feel," while simultaneously squeezing her buttocks. 

Bannon was a strong supporter of Roy Moore, the defeated Republican Alabama Senate candidate facing multiple accusations of molesting and sexually pursuing minors. He reportedly helped convince Trump to throw his full support behind Moore after the sexual misconduct allegations were reported. 

Sherman described the former Trump campaign manager and top adviser, who was ousted from the White House in August, as "incredulous" at Ivanka Trump's condemnation of Moore. She told the Associated Press that "there's a special place in hell for people who prey on children" after the allegations became public.

Bannon suggested that Ivanka's outrage about Moore was unwise, mentioning that the president has been accused by a California woman of raping her when she was 13 years old. 

"What about the allegations about her dad and that 13-year-old?" he said. That suit has since been dropped.

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George Herbert Walker Bush poses with his wife Barbara during his campaign for Congress in the 1960's. Born 12 June 1924 in Milton, Massachussetts, George Bush Yale graduated with a degree in Economics in 1948, made a fortune drilling oil before entering politics in 1964. US Congressman from Texas (1966-1970), ambassador to the United nations (1971-1974), Special Envoy to China (1974-1975), Republican National Chairman (1975-1976), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director (1976-1977), vice president of the US (1981-1959) George Bush is eventually elected president of the US 08 November 1988 against Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis.

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George Herbert Walker Bush poses with his wife Barbara in Beijing in 1974. Born 12 June 1924 in Milton, Massachussetts, George Bush Yale graduated with a degree in Economics in 1948, made a fortune drilling oil before entering politics in 1964. US Congressman from Texas (1966-1970), ambassador to the United nations (1971-1974), Special Envoy to China (1974-1975), Republican National Chairman (1975-1976), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director (1976-1977), vice president of the US (1981-1959) George Bush is eventually elected president of the US 08 November 1988 against Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush look on during a game between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Duke Blue Devils during the South Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Duke won 66-52.

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Former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush are introduced prior to game three of the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on October 11, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

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