Steve Bannon tells Charlie Rose that the defining weekend of President Trump’s election campaign was what the mainstream media considered the worst one — “Billy Bush Saturday.” It was the weekend that the “locker room talk” Access Hollywood tape came out, in which Trump was heard boasting to Billy Bush about grabbing you know what. Bannon said that weekend separated the true believers from the affronted. In the defeated, downer group was Reince Priebus, who thought the tape spelled certain doom for Trump, as Bannon recounts it.
But Bannon says another big loser on that weekend was NJ Governor Chris Christie, who didn’t pass the loyalty test either. Bannon calls the moment “Billy Bush Saturday” and “Billy Bush Weekend” and it resonates for him like a moment of truth. Christie, Bannon tells Charlie Rose in a 60 Minutes interview, missed his opportunity — and the team plane. Bannon reveals that Christie was being looked at for a cabinet position (after all, Christie had backed Trump early and often). But then Bannon said Christie missed the biggest team meeting of all, scuttling his chances at an administration job. “I told him, ‘The plane leaves at 11 o’clock in the morning. If you’re on the plane, you’re on the team.'” Bannon tells Rose. “Didn’t make the plane.” Bannon concluded that Christie actually cared about the president admitting to grabbing women, while American voters “didn’t care.”