Jake Tapper from CNN warned viewers to not get too excited, however. He explains, "Those who blame Bannon for the president’s controversial comments on race and racists, as many Democrats have done ― that’s not supported by facts."
Tapper went on to further prove his point in the segment, showing several different clips of Trump's racial remarks before Bannon had joined the campaign. He shows a clip of a 2015 press conference where Trump stated that Mexican immigrants were "rapists."
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." -Trump's presidential announcement speech, 2015
He also discusses the press conference where Trump said that Judge Gonzalo Curiel was unfit to do his job because of his "Mexican heritage." He concludes by bringing up his own interview with the President, where Trump would not denounce David Duke and white supremacists.
"Bannon certainly had his hand in many controversial policies," Tapper adds. "The temporary travel from a half-dozen majority Muslim countries, for example, or the focus on undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities."
Tapper concludes by saying it is no excuse for the advice Bannon gave Trump during his time in the White House, but he does state," the notion that those troubled by President Trump's response to Charlottesville should now breathe easier because Stephen Bannon is gone, that is not supported by the facts."
H/T: Huffington Post