Twitter permanently suspended Bannon’s @WarRoomPandemic account on Thursday after he posted the clip, a spokesperson told The Washington Post, citing the service was banned for “honoring violence” . This move made Bannon one of the banned highest-level political figures.
Facebook, YouTube and Spotify have also removed video and audio clips from the episode.
Bannon’s menacing article came amid a surge of violent rhetoric from prominent Trump supporters on Thursday as the president̵7;s chances of winning the game continued to narrow. State Rep. Georgia Vernon Jones, a pro-Trump Democrat, spoke during Thursday’s rally with Donald Trump Jr. that “now we’re starting to see white in their eyes and we’re ready to start shooting”.
Trump Jr., meanwhile, urged his father on Twitter “to wage a full-scale war on this election.” Twitter flagged the tweet for making misleading statements about the election.
Bannon – who was released on bail after being arrested and later pleaded not guilty to alleged wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy in an alleged scheme to defraud Trump sponsors to raise funds for the wall border – which launched a violent threat to Fauci and Wray on his podcast, captured the coronavirus epidemic through the prism of Trump’s pro-Trump.
Bannon began by calling the president “a nice man and a good man” before suggesting that more harsher action is necessary for Fauci and Wray. Bannon added that their beheaded stakes should be placed “in the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal officials: either you can join the show or you will leave.”
For the majority of the pandemic, Trump cut Fauci’s warning about the severity of the coronavirus and contradicted Fauci’s view that the pandemic was getting worse. Trump’s feud with Fauci culminated on Monday, when he responded favorably to a crowd at a rally in South Florida urging him “Save Fauci!”
“Don’t tell anyone, but let me wait until the election a little bit,” Trump said, followed by crowd approval. “I appreciate advice.”
Trump has had a similar strained relationship with Wray. The Post reported last month that the president was considering firing the FBI director out of frustration that federal law enforcement was not as motivating at the last minute for his campaign as they did in the year. 2016 when they reopen the investigation of emails Hillary Clinton. Trump, The Post reported, had hoped the FBI would publish a similar last-minute announcement about the investigation into Biden and Hunter’s son.
In addition to his post on Twitter, where Bannon has more than 160,000 followers, clips of Bannon and co-host Jack Maxey recorded podcasts were shared on the show’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Facebook removed the two videos “because of violating our policies on violence and inciting,” a spokesperson told The Post.
Spotify removed the podcast episode and YouTube, which gave accounts three pre-termination warnings, also removed the clip for violating a similar policy of inciting violence and presenting volatile threats to personal. While the podcast’s YouTube page is still active, the alert disables a user’s ability to upload content for a week.
“We will continue to be cautious about enforcing our policies in the post-election phase,” Alex Joseph, a YouTube spokesperson, said in a statement to The Post.
Bannon’s co-host Maxey took to his Twitter to express dissatisfaction over the ban. “How does Twitter determine to whom their rules apply?” he wrote. “Because, we are all striving for equality before the law.”
Bannon did not respond to a request for comment.
Jonathan Greenblatt, executive director of the Federation of Anti-Defamation, said social media platforms were right to eliminate “dangerous rhetoric”.
“These are shocking calls for violence from former WH assistant Steve Bannon,” he wrote on Twitter. “There’s no room for these kinds of threats anywhere.”