While the rest of us wait for Biden’s victory to be made official, Steve Bannon fantasized about the glories of a second term of Trump autocracy, chaos and filth. In the process, he got the current episode of his YouTube show blocked and his ass banned from Twitter. Why?
Because he fantasized about having pandemic expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray beheaded and their heads displayed on pikes outside the White House.
Here’s what he said on his podcast War Room: Pandemic, along with his sidekick Jack Maxey:
BANNON: Second term kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci. Now I actually want to go a step farther but I realize the president is a kind-hearted man and a good man. I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England, I’d put the heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you’re gone — time to stop playing games. blow it all up, put Ric Grenell today as the interim head of the FBI, that’ll light them up, right.
MAXEY: You know what Steve, just yesterday there was the anniversary of the hanging of two Tories in Philadelphia, these were Quaker businessmen who had cohabitated if you will with the British while they were occupying Philadelphia. These people were hung. This is what we used to do to traitors.
BANNON: That’s how you won the revolution. No one wants to talk about it. The revolution wasn’t some sort of garden party, right? It was a civil war. It was a civil war.
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) November 5, 2020
To be sure: Twitter didn’t suspend Bannon’s personal account, just his “War Room” account. And YouTube will likely continue to allow other episodes of Bannon’s little corner of the sewer continue without interruption.
The @WarRoomPandemic account has been permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules, specifically our policy on the glorification of violence. …You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people.
Ironically, Bannon also called for Bill Barr to arrest Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in the same podcast:
If the president of the United States does not call Bill Barr now, today, this moment — what is it? Section 232 of the Defense Act — and send U.S. marshals out to San Francisco and arrest Jack Dorsey today… When some punk like Jack Dorsey is going to take down and suppress the free speech of the commander-in-chief.
Another co-host, Raheem Kassam, called for Barr and the DOJ to immediately oversee the shutdown of Twitter in its entirety.
Tantrum much, boys?
We’ve removed this video for violating our policy against inciting violence. We will continue to be vigilant as we enforce our policies in the post-election period.
Jon Favreau (not the actor/director, the “Pod Save America” guy) suggested that media outlets refuse to have Bannon on as a guest any longer.
I’m not going to share the video, but Steve Bannon called for the beheading of Dr. Fauci and FBI Director Chris Wray.
Political reporters who still interview him and go to him for quotes like he’s a legitimate public figure: maybe stop doing that?
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) November 5, 2020
Writer Kate Maltby responded:
It is an inexcusable evil when ISIS operatives incite the beheading of public officials in Europe. It is also an inexcusable evil when the US PRESIDENT’S FORMER CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON [caps in original] incites the beheading of public officials.
Wasn’t sure I’d need to say this in 2020.
It is an inexcusable evil when ISIS operatives incite the beheading of public officials in Europe.
It is also an inexcusable evil when the US PRESIDENT’S FORMER CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON incites the beheading of public officials.
— KateMaltby (@KateMaltby) November 5, 2020
I don’t operate under any delusions. Right-wing fascists and terrorists like Bannon have gotten away with all sorts of advocacy of violence and terrorism since Facebook, Twitter and the other platforms began. They will continue to do so. Bannon will promise to do better and Twitter will let his “War Room” account come back like nothing ever happened. Hell, Watergate felon G. Gordon Liddy advised his listeners to “shoot [FBI agents] in the head” in 1995. Not only was he not banned from the radio, he won an award from the far-right National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts.
Bannon will continue screaming and flailing on his YouTube channel…at least until he goes to jail.