On Friday, Steve Bannon accused the White House of trying to incite left-wing extremists in an effort to have opponents killed, after armed police descended on his Washington, DC, home in an apparent “crush”.
He was not at home at the time, but accused President Joe Biden and his administration of stoking hatred against Donald Trump and his allies.
“I will never stop, so they will have to kill me first,” he told DailyMail.com.
“What if they kill me so badly.”
National Capital Police said cops were called to Bannon’s home – from where the former chief White House strategist normally broadcasts his War Room radio show – on A Street NE at 7:17 p.m. local time .
It was minutes before Biden gave a ‘battle for the soul of the nation’ speech, and hours after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre appeared to speak out against anyone. whose beliefs were outside the mainstream as being “extreme”.
Bannon played a pivotal role in attempts to overturn the 2020 election result. And he used his radio show and social media accounts to amplify claims that the country is sliding into war.
On Friday, he drew a direct line between White House rhetoric and someone who made a 911 call directing armed police to his home.
On Thursday, armed police were called to the home of Steve Bannon in Washington, DC, in an apparent “crush”. He accused the White House of using rhetoric to “stir up unstable people on the far left,” as Joe Biden and his allies step up their attacks on MAGA Republicans.
This is the second time armed police have been called to Bannon’s home. In July, they arrived after a caller claimed shots were fired inside the address. Bannon broadcasts his War Room radio show from the Capitol Hill home, but was absent both times
Police arrived Thursday minutes before President Joe Biden took the stage in Philadelphia, where he accused Trump and his supporters of fanning the ‘flames of political violence’
“This is 100% triggered by the White House: the White House spokesperson earlier today, Biden’s announcements over the past two days,” he said.
“The White House tries to use this type of violence. They incite far-left unstables to do that.
This is the second time his house has been ransacked.
In July, a caller told police there had been a shooting at the address, before he threatened to kill himself if officers approached the house.
When the police arrived, they quickly determined it was a prank call.
Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene – another close Trump ally – was the target last week when heavily armed police were called to her home in Georgia.
Far from being a joke, the arrival of heavily armed police ready for a violent confrontation can be used as a form of harassment – and has sometimes resulted in fatal shootings.
“The calls are very specific and the calls are to urge the police to use deadly force,” said Bannon, who took his radio show on the road, visiting districts and swing states ahead of the midterm elections in november.
His claims come as Biden has taken a tougher line on his political opponents.
On Thursday night, he denounced Trump and his supporters of the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement as a threat to American democracy.
Bannon runs his political operations from a townhouse on Capitol Hill near Congress and the Supreme Court. He is currently on the road with his radio show ahead of the midterms
In July, heavily armed police arrived quickly, before concluding that it was a false alarm
“Too much of what is happening in our country today is not normal,” he said during a speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
A week earlier, in Bethesda, Maryland, he was comparing the “MAGA philosophy” with “semi-fascism”.
And before the speech, press officer Karine Jean-Pierre was repeatedly pressed for a definition of MAGA Republicans.
“They want a national abortion ban. They want to give tax cuts to billionaires and corporations while raising taxes on middle-class Americans,” she told a briefing.
“They threaten political violence.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Bannon’s specific allegations.
Bannon himself was a central player in efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election.
He faces a conviction next month on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify in the House investigation into the Jan. 6 riot.
A day before Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol building, he said on his show: “Hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”
Nor did he condemn the violence.
Even so, he blamed the White House for deliberately inflaming the far left.
“Biden urges his most volatile and radical element to use any means necessary to physically hurt or suppress dissenting voices,” he claimed.
“That has never happened in American history. And that’s directly what he’s been doing for the past 72 hours, everything from the Bethesda speech to last night is very specifically aimed at stoking violence against his political opponents.
Right-wing hardliner Marjorie Taylor Greene was ‘run over’ last week by someone angry at her views on transgender youth, she says
A photo of Greene’s large one-story Georgia home, where police responded to false reports of a ‘loaded gun’
He said he was a target because he and his show War Room had been the first to develop grassroots strategies to take control of electoral districts with an army of workers ready to challenge the election results and target the school board elections.
“They understand our strategies are working and they’re trying to stop War Room,” he said.
“They are trying to stop the show before November 8th. They will do anything.”
He added that he had nothing but praise for the way the police responded.
“These people show up like they’re supposed to. Because they think they are in emergency situations,” he said.
“What happened to MTG and myself is that they are trying to have us murdered, using law enforcement.”
. Steve Bannon rips Biden for having stoked violence against his opponents after having crushed