Podcast of former top Trump aide Steve Bannon has been permanently suspended by Twitter and has an episode removed from YouTube after he hinted that FBI Director Christopher Wray and the government’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci should be beheaded and put their heads outside the White House.
Those comments by Bannon’s on Thursday came while he was on the brink of a $ 5 million bond issued in a federal criminal case in which he was accused of defrauding homes. sponsoring a nonprofit group to build a wall on the southern border of the United States.
A Bannon spokesman said he was not suggesting that Fauci and Wray were actually beheaded, but was speaking metaphorically by referring to the bloody politics of Tudor-era England. She also said he “has never called for violence of any kind.”;
A spokesman for prosecutors in New York’s Southern District declined to comment on Thursday night when asked whether they would ask a Manhattan federal court judge to revoke Bannon’s bonds or order gag on him.
Bannon made comments on Wray and Fauci on his “War Room: Pandemic” podcast, as he was discussing a hypothetical 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.
Bannon in the podcast said, “Second term begins with shooting Wray, shooting Fauci.”
“Now I really want to go one step further, but I realize the president is a kind and good man,” Bannon continued.
“I really want to go back to the old British Tudor era, I put heads in heads, yes, I will put them in the two corners of the White House as a warning to the officials involved. state. You too. join the show or you’re gone – it’s time to stop playing the game. “
“Let’s blow it all up, put Ric Grenell as the interim head of the FBI, that will brighten them up, right,” Bannon said.
Grenell is a loyalist to Trump, former director of national intelligence and ambassador to Germany.
Bannon’s co-host Jack Maxey then said, “You know, Steve, just yesterday there was the day of hanging two Tories dogs in Philadelphia, these are the Quaker entrepreneurs who lived with, if you are wanted, with the British when they were occupied. Philadelphia. “
“These people were hanged. This is what we used to do with traitors,” Maxey said.
Bannon replied, “That’s how you’ve won the revolution. Nobody wants to talk about it.”
“The [American] “It’s a civil war,” Bannon said. It was a civil war. “
Twitter said it has suspended Bannon’s account because of comments on “War Room.”
One person spoke on Twitter in a statement, “The @WarRoomPandemic account has been permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules, especially our policy of honoring violence. “
YouTube removed this episode but other War Room episodes are still available.
Alex Joseph, a spokesperson for YouTube, owned by Google, said “We have removed this video for violating our policy of inciting violence. We will continue to be vigilant when enforcing these practices. policy in the post-election period. “
YouTube has a policy of three warnings before an account is terminated. According to YouTube, while the Bannon show’s channel is still active, the warning from this issue will temporarily disable uploading for at least a week.
A Bannon spokesperson, in an emailed statement, said, “Mr. Bannon has not, will not and has never called for violence of any kind.”
“Mr. Bannon’s commentary clearly has a metaphorical meaning. Before that, he released a clip about St. Thomas More’s trial and alluded to this historic event in Tudor England for the purpose of a quibble.” the spokeswoman said.
“Mr. Bannon has publicly criticized FBI Director Chris Wray for weeks and has called for his dismissal for not investigating and resolving Hunter Biden’s hard drive and it has been in the possession of Director Wray since May. 12 years 2019, “she said.
“Additionally, Mr. Bannon supported comments from the White House calling for Dr. Fauci’s immediate dismissal.”
In a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bannon compared himself to the famous prime minister to King Henry VIII of England, who beheaded him.
“I’m Thomas Cromwell in Tudors’ court,” Bannon said in that interview.
Bannon was arrested on August 20 off Connecticut on a 150-ship yacht owned by the Chinese billionaire
Bannon and three associates, Timothy Shea, Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato, are accused of defrauding sponsors when they donated more than $ 25 million to build a wall along the southern border for the nonprofit group We Build the Wall.
Bannon pleaded not guilty in this case.
He is on the sidelines with a $ 5 million bond secured by $ 1.75 million in cash or assets pending trial, scheduled for next May.
Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss, after the men were accused, said in a statement, “The defendants have defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, taking advantage of their interests in sponsorship. a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the pretext of all that. money will be spent on the construction. “
“While repeatedly assuring sponsors that Brian Kolfage, founder and public face of We Build the Wall, won’t be paid a penny, the defendants secretly planned to ship the goods. hundred thousand dollars for Kolfage, whom he used to finance his lavish lifestyle. “
Prosecutors say that Bannon received $ 1 million in money from We Build the Wall and to transfer that money using a separate nonprofit that he has created, with the explicit purpose of ” promote American economic nationalism and sovereignty. ”