“The View” co-host Joy Behar says President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE’s chief strategist is wrong for urging the media to remain silent about the new administration.

Steve Bannon said in a Thursday interview the media should “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”

“The Trump team’s war on the media continues,” Behar said during Friday’s broadcast of her ABC show. "They’re out to get us.”


“If our president ever gets around to reading the Constitution, he’ll see that freedom of speech is the very First Amendment,” she added. "It’s the first one — it’s not two or three or four or five, it’s not nineteen, it is numero uno, OK?

“There’s basically a reason that the Founding Fathers made it No. 1. Everything follows from there. If you squelch the media and people’s freedom to speak, you have a dictatorship.”

Bannon blasted the media’s coverage of Trump during a combative New York Times interview published Thursday.

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” he said. "I want you to quote this. The media here is the opposition party.

“They don’t understand this country," added Bannon, who is also Trump's senior counselor. "They still do not understand why Donald Trump is president of the United States.”

Bannon last year stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart, the conservative news website, and joined Trump’s presidential campaign as its CEO. He rarely gives media interviews and was conducting one Thursday to praise White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Spicer came under fire on Saturday after he said that more people had attended Trump's inauguration in person than any other inauguration.

Two days later, he said he had met those watching on television and online in addition to in person.

“Are you kidding me?” Bannon asked the Times when it wondered if Spicer’s performance had damaged his credibility. "We think that’s a badge of honor. ’Questioning his integrity.' Are you kidding me? The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence and no hard work."