Photo via Flckr. Judge and Fox news host Jeanine Pirro at CPAC 2017 Feb. 23, by Michael Vadon.

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro are among Saturday’s scheduled speakers at the California Republican Party fall convention in Anaheim.

On Friday night, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon used his dinner speech at the convention to criticize what he called the permanent political class.

“The K Street crowd, the donor class and the politicians they own, they’ve taken this country in a very, very dangerous direction,”  Bannon said, referring to the street on which many Washington lobbyists have their offices.

In the approximately 40-minute speech at the Anaheim Marriott, Bannon also targeted political consultants, “corporatists and globalist elites” and Silicon Valley, which he called “the beating heart of the resistance.”

Bannon also criticized the speech delivered by former President George W. Bush on Thursday which was critical of President Donald Trump.

“President Bush to me embarrassed himself,” Bannon said. “The speechwriter wrote a highfalutin speech. It’s clear he didn’t understand anything he was talking about.

He equates the Industrial Revolution, the agriculture revolution, globalization. He has no earthly idea whether he’s coming or going, just like it was when he was president of the United States.”

Bannon also predicted that if Trump is re-elected in 2020, California will try to secede from the United States in 10 to 15 years.

An estimated 100 people, mainly members of The Resistance-Northridge, Indivisible and Indivisible OC 46, protested outside. They were kept from the hotel by barricades.

Saturday’s agenda includes a lunch banquet speech by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, afternoon speeches by Pirro, writer Stephen Moore, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and conservative activist Charlie Kirk; and a dinner banquet speech by Cotton, R- Arkansas.

The three-day convention will conclude Sunday with a general session considering resolutions.

—City News Service

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