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REPORT: Steve Bannon Joined Far Right Facebook Group That Posts Racist Memes, Articles Calling for Obama Overthrow, Death

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‘The Vigilant Patriots Page on Facebook Pushes a Vicious Mix of Agitprop and Conspiracy Theory’

President-elect Donald Trump’s newly-appointed Chief White House Strategist and senior advisor Steve Bannon appears to be a member of a far right extremist Facebook group that posts racist memes, including ones that call for a military coup of President Barack Obama’s administration. Mother Jones discovered Bannon’s membership in the group and was the first to report it in an article Friday afternoon titled, “Here’s Evidence Steve Bannon Joined a Facebook Group That Posts Racist Rants and Obama Death Threats.”

This material,” Mother Jones reports, “includes posts urging a military coup against President Barack Obama, featuring an image of the president dressed as an SS officer, celebrating the Confederate flag, highlighting a photoshopped picture of Obama with watermelons, praising a police officer who called Obama a ‘F*cking Nigger,’ and calling for Obama to be ‘executed as a traitor.'”

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Membership to the group appears to be open and it appears anyone who is a member can post.

The group posts articles that espouse anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, racist, pro-Trump rhetoric.

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Mother Jones describes the group as “a collection of right-wing Facebookers, including members who hail militias and decry Muslims, immigration, progressives, sellout Republicans, and the president with hateful, violent, and racist rhetoric. It has an active Twitter feed that is virulently anti-Islam.”

That’s not all.

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The Vigilant Patriots page on Facebook pushes a vicious mix of agitprop and conspiracy theory,” Mother Jones continues. “It has published calls to arrest, impeach, and execute Obama. A 2012 post declared that Obama must be arrested as a ‘terrorist’ for ‘Treason, Espionage, Sedition and Fraud’ and derided him as ‘an Illegal Commander-in-Chief.’ A long anti-Obama rant from a member in 2011 called for hanging the ‘traitor.’ A different member referred to Obama as ‘the muzzie usurping lying POS traitor.’ (‘Muzzie’ is a derogatory term for a Muslim.) A group member in 2013 said Obama ‘must be tried, convicted, and executed as a traitor.’ One member railed, Obama ‘still occupies the office because white members of Congress are too afraid of being branded racist to file Articles of Impeachment against him. It’s time to stop the charade. He is destroying America. Black, White, Green, Brown, or Purple, the man is a traitor. IMPEACHMENT NOW!'”

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Mother Jones notes “there is always the chance an account could be a spoof or phony,” but they detail the lengths they went to to ensure as best they can that it is Bannon’s.

 

 

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Biden is being credited for smart and savvy negotiations while keeping out of the public eye and allowing Republicans to control the narrative, while steering the agreement to one best for the American people.

Even Speaker Kevin McCarthy “conceded that he had been impressed with Biden’s negotiating team during the talks, calling them ‘very professional, very smart’ and ‘very tough at the same time,'” HuffPost reported Wednesday.

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Under threat of a contempt of Congress referral against FBI Director Chris Wray, the Bureau has agreed to allow a briefing for the top Republican and top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee on a years-old unsubstantiated allegation, which has been called a second-hand tip, accusing then-Vice President Joe Biden of a supposed wrongful act.

The existence of the lone, unclassified document, called an FD-1023 form, until recently was not even verified by the FBI.

Chairman Jim Comer (R-KY) and Ranking Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) “will receive a briefing from the FBI and review the FD-1023 form behind closed doors in a secure SCIF, a sensitive compartmented information facility at the Capitol rather than going to FBI headquarters, as the bureau had initially offered,” CNN on Friday reported.

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Chairman Comer, who has been accused of using his position on the powerful Oversight Committee aid Donald Trump’s efforts to regain the presidency, late last month appeared to validate that accusation.

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On Thursday, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who has teamed up with Chairman Comer, came under fire for admitting he does not care whether or not the accusations against President Biden are true or not, he wants to pursue them regardless.

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“It is increasingly clear that Committee Republicans have always planned to hold Director Wray in contempt of Congress to distract from the obvious fact that they do not have evidence to support their unfounded accusations against President Biden. This latest political maneuver underscores Chairman Comer’s determination to use the Committee to help former President Trump’s reelection efforts and pander to extreme MAGA Republicans.”

Last month, The New Republic reported, the “House GOP accused Joe Biden and his family … of engaging in business with foreign entities—but were unable to provide any actual evidence linking the president to any wrongdoing.”

“House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer released a 65-page memo detailing a sprawling investigation into Biden and some of his relatives, particularly his son Hunter Biden. Nowhere in the massive document was there a specific allegation of a crime committed by Biden or any of his relatives.”

 

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Donald Trump’s legal team has been unable to locate the classified Pentagon document detailing a possible attack on Iran the ex-president was recorded at his Bedminster golf resort in 2021 bragging he had held onto.

“Attorneys for Donald Trump turned over material in mid-March in response to a federal subpoena related to a classified US military document described by the former president on tape in 2021 but were unable to find the document itself, two sources tell CNN,” the network reported Friday. “Prosecutors issued the subpoena shortly after asking a Trump aide before a federal grand jury about the audio recording of a July 2021 meeting at Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.”

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“Prosecutors sought ‘any and all’ documents and materials related to Mark Milley, Trump’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Iran, including maps or invasion plans, the sources say. A similar subpoena was sent to at least one other attendee of the meeting, another source tells CNN.”

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