Donald Trump‘s former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday evoked a dystopian future when he evoked “shock troops” to quickly “deconstruct” the state as soon as a Republican retakes the Oval Office.
Bannon made the chilling remarks in a telephone interview on NBC News after it reported that he met with the loyal party on Wednesday to urge them to be prepared to “reconfigure the government” with a Republican leader.
“If you are going to take over the administrative state and deconstruct it, then you have to have shock troops ready to take over immediately,” Bannon told NBC. “I have given them fire and brimstone.”
Bannon, who led Trump’s campaign in 2016, said the former president’s agenda to fill the administration with loyalists was delayed because he couldn’t act fast enough to fill some 4,000 posts.
Bannon spoke at the Capitol Hill Club on Wednesday at the invitation of a new organization, the Association of Republican Presidential Appointees, according to NBC. The group was formed as a resource for future GOP officials to tap into to quickly fill federal jobs.
Bannon told NBC he wants to “see pre-trained teams ready to jump into federal agencies” when the next Republican president takes office.
“We’re going to have a stunning win in 2022, and that’s just the prelude to a stunning win in 2024, and this time we’ll be ready — and have a MAGA perspective, MAGA policy, not the standard Republican policy,” he said. him, referring to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
Bannon was one of four close Trump associates subpoenaed earlier this week to appear before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 uprising. Investigators said Bannon urged Trump to focus efforts to return to the White House on the Jan. 6 action. He called out to his listeners on his “War Room” broadcast that “hell will break out” that day.
Bannon admitted on his podcast last week that before the uprising against Trump, he said, “You have to… kill this [Biden] administration in its cradle.” That led Harvard’s constitutional expert Laurence Stam to wonder why the Department of Justice had not convened a grand jury to consider the charges of sedition against Bannon.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Trump social media chief Dan Scavino and former Department of Defense official and assistant to the House Intelligence Committee, Kash Patel, were also subpoenaed by the committee.
trump card pardoned Bannon early this year, who faced multiple fraud cases in New York’s Southern District after being charged a year ago for allegedly stealing money from Trump supporters who donated to a charity he managed that claimed to raise money to help the Southern District. help build Trump’s border wall.
Watch the video clip above to learn more about the subpoena against Bannon and the other Trump cohorts. The Bannon section starts at 8:20 PM.
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