Bannon blasts coverage of McCain funeral: 'This was the High Holy Days'
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon tore into the coverage of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' MORE's (R-Ariz.) funeral, saying that the event was conveyed as if it were the "High Holy Days."

"It’s not just the coverage of it, but it’s also the way it was set up and the way it was crafted," Bannon told the Daily Beast in an interview published on Wednesday. "This was the High Holy Days."


"This permanent political class, you saw them there at this funeral. This was High Civic Religion, the High Holy Days," he continued. "Trump didn’t create North Korea. He didn’t create Afghanistan. He didn’t create Iran. He didn’t create Venezuela. That was all dumped on him by that crowd that was there."

Bannon added that he wasn't singling out a particular political party, but rather "the permanent political class."

"The Bush administration will go down as the single worst administration in the history of the country, including James Buchanan: 9/11, the Iraq War, the financial crisis, the rise of China, the whole thing," he said. 

Bannon's comments come less than a week after McCain's memorial services were held in Arizona and Washington, D.C. The Republican lawmaker died of brain cancer at age 81. 

Dozens of bipartisan lawmakers and media figures lauded McCain for his service to the country in the days following his death, with many praising him as an antidote to Trump's style of politics. 

His memorial services were marked by many subtle jabs at the president. The late senator's daughter Meghan McCain said during a funeral service in Washington, D.C., that "the America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great," referencing Trump's oft-used "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. 

Former President Obama and former President George W. Bush were also among speakers who took subtle swipes at Trump during McCain's funeral. 

Bannon also told the Daily Beast that McCain should have extended an invitation to Trump for his funeral. 

"John McCain would not be a senator, and wouldn’t have had the opportunity to be buried lying in state, if Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE hadn’t bailed him out in the spring of 2016," Bannon said.