Former top Trump aide Steve Bannon’s podcast was permanently suspended by Twitter and an episode came out from YouTube in which he stated that FBI director Christopher Ray and prominent government infectious-pathologist Dr. Anthony Fauci should be put on his head and put his head outside on the bike. White house
Those comments came on Thursday by Bannon when he is free on $ 5 million release bond in a federal criminal case accusing him of defrauding donors to a nonprofit group, the southernmost in the United States Is dedicated to building a wall on the border.
A spokesman for Bannon said he was not suggesting that Fauci and Ray might actually be beheaded, but was speaking metaphorically by referring to the bloody politics of Tudor-era England. He also said that he “never called for violence of any kind.”
A spokesman for the prosecution in New York’s Southern District declined to comment Thursday night when asked if they would ask a Manhattan federal court judge to either revoke Bannon’s bond, or order a gag on him will issue.
Bannon commented about Ray and Fauci on his “War Room: Pandemic” podcast when he was discussing an imaginary second term for President Donald Trump.
Bannon ran Trump’s 2016 campaign and served as a senior White House adviser until Trump fired him in August 2017.
During the podcast, Bannon said, “The second term closes with firing Ray, firing Fauci.”
“Now I really want to go one step further, but I realize that the president is a kind man and a good man,” Bannon continued.
“I really want to go back to the old times of Tudor England, I’ll head on the bike, well, I’ll put them in two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either. With the program Be it or you’re gone – time to stop playing the game. “
“Blow it all up, put Rick Grenell as the FBI’s interim chief today, who will light him up, all right,” Bannon said.
Grenell is a hard-core Trump loyalist who served as the former acting director of national intelligence and ambassador to Germany.
Bannon co-host Jack Maxey then said, “You know Steve, just yesterday was the anniversary of the hanging of two Tories in Philadelphia. These were Quaker businessmen who had cohabited, if you were with the British, while they occupied Philadelphia. “
“These people were hanged. This is what we used to do for traitors,” Maxi said.
Bannon replied, “That’s how you won the revolution. Nobody wants to talk about it.”
” [American] The revolution was not some kind of garden party, was it? “Bannon said.” It was a civil war. It was a civil war. “
Twitter said that it suspended Bannon’s account due to comments on the “war room”.
YouTube removed the episode, but other war room episodes are available.
Alex Joseph, a YouTube spokesman who is owned by Google, said, “We have removed this video for violating our policy to incite violence. We will remain vigilant until after the election Will not implement its policies in term. “
YouTube has a three-strike policy before an account expires. While the Bannon show’s channel is still available, the strike from this incident temporarily disables uploading for at least a week, according to YouTube.
A spokesman for Bannon said in an emailed statement, “Mr. Bannon never asked for and did not commit any type of violence.”
The spokesman said, “Mr. Bannon’s remarks were clearly intended. He had previously played a clip of the trial of St. Thomas More and for the rhetoric the Tudors were creating an illusion for this historic event in England,” The spokesman said.
He said, “Mr. Bannon has been criticizing FBI Director Chris Ray for weeks and called for his firing to investigate and thwart Hunter Biden’s hard drive and it has been in the possession of Director Rayley since December 2019,” ” They said.
“In addition, Mr. Bannon has supported comments from the White House for the immediate firing of Dr. Fauci.”
In a 2016 interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Bannon compared himself to the famous chief minister of England’s King Henry VIII, who scrambled with him.
“I’m Thomas Cromwell in the Tudors court,” Bannon said in that interview.
Bannon was arrested on August 20 off the coast of Connecticut in a 150-yacht owned by a Chinese billionaire
Bannon and three associates, Timothy Shea, Brian Colphase and Andrew Badolatto, are accused of defrauding donors as they raised more than $ 25 million to build a wall along the southern border for the We Build Wall Wall Non-Profit Group.
Bannon pleaded not guilty in the case.
He is free on a $ 5 million bond secured by $ 1.75 million in cash or property, while awaiting his trial scheduled for next month.
US attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement after the men were charged, “The defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, to cash in on their interest in building a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under false pretenses”. The money will be spent on construction. “
“Brian Buildage, the founder and public face of We Build Build, repeatedly assured donors that they would not be paid a cent, with defendants secretly planning to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolf, which was used He used to have his lavish lifestyle. “
Prosecutors say Bannon received $ 1 million in funds from We Build the Wall, and used a separate nonprofit company to withdraw money that he had already created, whose ulterior motives were “economic nationalism and American Was to promote sovereignty “.