Bannon falsely claimed that President Trump has won re-election, even though some key states are still too close to call, and said he should fire both Fauci and Wray.
Then he said he would go further: “I will put heads into heads. Yes. I will place them in the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal officials. You can join the show or you’re gone. “
The comments were made during Bannon’s “War Room: Pandemic” live stream.
The video went live on Bannon’s Facebook page for around 10 o’clock on Thursday and was viewed nearly 200,000 times before Facebook removed it, citing its violent and inciting policies. CNN has reached out to Bannon for comment.
Earlier, on Thursday night, YouTube removed the video for violating its anti-“inciting violence” policy. Twitter said it has permanently suspended Bannon’s “War Room” podcast account for praising the violence.
Bannon’s comments come as other Trump supporters are also using violent and militaristic rhetoric to back Trump’s unfounded claims of a fraudulent election and to uprising judgment of his perceived political opponents.
“Time to clean up this mess and stop looking like a banana republic!” he added.
Trump Jr also repeated many unfounded statements undermining the integrity of the election in the tweet, labeled by Twitter as “disputed and possibly misleading.”
CNN contacted a Trump Jr. spokesperson. to comment.
Earlier, on Thursday, Facebook shut down a Trump pro-Trump group called “Stop The Steal”, which has hundreds of thousands of members and is coordinating protests to challenge the legality of the election.
According to a report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), some members of the group have posted about the civil war and rebelled against the government should Trump lose the election.
“So IF they give this to Joe, how do we keep throwing [sic] goverment? “, a member of the group asked in a post.
Ciaran O’Connor, an analyst with ISD, said that, although such posts could be hypebol, Facebook groups could be used to coordinate offline demonstrations or possible events. becomes violent.
“This group can become the hub for potentially violent acts,” said O’Connor.
One of the administrators of the “Stop the Steal” group, Dustin Stockton, told CNN that he did not see any message in the group “calling for violence beyond what is conventional political hype.” Facebook’s deletion of the page, he said, was “inappropriate and they should restore it immediately.”
A Facebook spokesperson told CNN, “In line with the special measures we are taking during this period of increased stress, we have removed the ‘Prevent Theft’ Team, which is creating out of real world events. ”
The spokesperson added, “The group is organized around delegation during the election process, and we see disturbing calls for violence from some members of the group.”
The controversy over counting votes is particularly fertile ground for extremists to spread their messages, researchers say.
“A disputed election creates perfect conditions for extremists creating chaos, sowing divisions and trying to undermine,” said Oren Segal, vice president of ADL’s Center for extremism. our democratic institutions ”. “All of these are fundamental targets for large-scale extremist movements.”
Even when comments from political influencers do not directly call for violence, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Polarism and extremism at the American University, said War-like symbols and covered references can value violence and have the potential to inspire people to act.
She said President Trump’s comments at his first debate with Biden, in which he told the far-right group the proud boys “stand back and stand forward, for example”, could be Consider it a call to action, whatever your intentions. .
CNN’s Zachary Cohen and Mallory Simon contributed to this article.