Bannon: Gillibrand’s shot at Clinton ‘an earthquake’ for Dem Party

Bannon: Gillibrand’s shot at Clinton ‘an earthquake’ for Dem Party
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Breitbart News chief Stephen Bannon said Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Five things to watch for at Defense nominee's confirmation hearing MORE's (D-N.Y.) suggestion this week that former President Clinton should have resigned amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal of the 1990s amounted to an "earthquake in the Democratic Party," and marked the "opening shot" of the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries.

"Kirsten Gillibrand's comment about Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMarching toward a debt crisis The tragic cycle of genocide denial has returned: This time, Nigeria John Lithgow releases poem on the downfall of Acosta MORE I think is an earthquake in the Democratic Party, because the Wall Street-Clinton junta that controls the Democratic Party has really been bulletproof," Bannon told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview that aired Sunday.

"And I think you saw the first opening shot of the 2020 primary with Gillibrand, who clearly has presidential aspirations. She put a shot right across the bow of the Clintons."

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Gillibrand, whose Senate seat was once held by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE, said in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday that Bill Clinton should have stepped down after his inappropriate relationship with Lewinsky, a White House intern at the time, came to light in the 1990s.

The New York Democrat was supportive of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid from its earliest days, and has also received the couple's political support in the past.

Her comments on Thursday came as a growing number of prominent men in politics, business and other industries face allegations of sexual misconduct. This week, Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAl Franken: It's time to start taking Trump 'literally' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Tariff battle looms as Trump jabs 'foolish' Senate GOP MORE (D-Minn.) was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman in 2006, while the two were on a USO tour in the Middle East. He has since apologized for his actions.

GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, an insurgent conservative backed by Bannon in Alabama's special Senate race, has also faced allegations of sexual impropriety from numerous women, including accusations that he pursued sexual and romantic relations with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

He has denied most of the allegations and has so far resisted calls from GOP officials across the country to withdraw himself from the Senate race. President Trump, however, has remained relatively silent on the matter.

On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president believed that the people of Alabama should decide whether they want Moore to represent them in Washington, declining to say whether he should step aside.

Bannon echoed that position on Sunday, telling Catsimatidis: "I think President Trump summed it up best: Let the people in Alabama weigh and measure these allegations versus a radical like [Democratic candidate] Doug Jones."