Bannon: Trump pivot to left on gun control ‘impossible’

Bannon: Trump pivot to left on gun control ‘impossible’
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly said it would be “impossible” for President Trump to move to the left on gun control following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, adding that it would be the "end of everything."

"Impossible: will be the end of everything," Bannon, now chairman of Breitbart News, said in a text to an Axios reporter when asked if he could see the president supporting restrictions.

The president’s former top aide also told the news outlet that it would be “actually worse” for Trump among his base of supporters if he backed gun control legislation than if he backed an amnesty bill for undocumented immigrants. 

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Bannon’s comments come after the deadly shooting in Nevada reignited the gun control debate.

Fifty-nine people were killed and more than 500 others were injured when a gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Democrats renewed their push for stricter gun laws after the shooting, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) calling on Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.) to establish a committee to study the matter and bring background check legislation to the floor.

“We must respond to these tragedies with courage, unity and decisive action,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Ryan.

Trump focused on mourning in his comments at the White House on Monday, however.

A somber Trump called the shootings an “act of pure evil” and said he would travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with local officials, first responders and victims’ families.