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Steve Bannon Thinks People Are Trying to Assassinate Him. Also, Steve Bannon Is Thinking of Running for President.

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‘I’ve Had a Couple Assassination Plots’ Bannon Claims

Steve Bannon thinks he’s so important people are trying to assassinate him. Not just kill him, but assassinate him. As if he’s some political leader so dangerous, important, and influential some nut-jobs are plotting “assassination” attempts. 

“I’ve had a couple assassination plots,” Bannon tells VANITY FAIR’s Gabriel Sherman, “I got it from an intelligence source.”

VANITY FAIR has just published a lengthy and wide-ranging profile of the former Trump campaign CEO and former Trump White House chief strategist. It reveals a tragic figure whose sense of self is far greater than most Americans probably think. In other words, it reveals Steve Bannon as we already know him. A blowhard. And in fact, at one point in the piece Sherman calls him just that.

And as it turns out – no surprise – Bannon wasn’t too popular in the White House:

The relationship between Kushner and Bannon worsened through the spring. At one point, Bannon said, Trump called an Oval Office meeting to broker peace. Attending were Bannon, Kushner, and Ivanka Trump. She blamed Bannon for the leaks.

“She’s the queen of leaks,” Bannon argued back.

“You’re a fucking liar!” Ivanka said.

Sherman writes that back in October, “Bannon called an adviser and said he would consider running for president if Trump doesn’t run for re-election in 2020. Which Bannon has told people is a realistic possibility. In private conversations since leaving the White House, Bannon said Trump only has a 30 percent chance of serving out his term, whether he’s impeached or removed by the Cabinet invoking the 25th amendment. That prospect seemed to become more likely in early December when special counsel Robert Mueller secured a plea deal from former national security adviser Michael Flynn.”

And then, there’s what Bannon thinks of Trump, at least President Trump:

Bannon has also remarked on the toll the office has taken on Trump, telling advisers his former boss has “lost a step.” “He’s like an 11-year-old child,” Bannon joked to a friend in November.

Bannon said that as the top White House aide, “I had influence, I had a lot of influence, but just influence.”

And now that he’s back at his old job, running the Breitbart website, which he once bragged is the “platform” for the “alt-right”?

“I have power. I can actually drive things in a certain direction.”

That “power” includes publishing some (at best) inaccurate stories designed to gin up the far right, the alt-right, and other conservatives. Snopes, the debunking site, has an archive of (let’s politely call them) inaccurate stories from the Breitbart site. So does PunditFact, an arm of PolitiFact. (And while Wikipedia isn’t the world’s best resource, here’s what it says starting with the second sentence on the Breitbart entry: “The site has published a number of falsehoods and conspiracy theories, as well as intentionally misleading stories. Its journalists are ideologically driven, and some of its content has been called misogynist, xenophobic and racist.”)

Back to Bannon.

Sherman continues, writing, “the idea of Bannon as a political figure, let alone a presidential candidate, inspires ridicule and venom from the Republican establishment. The Wall Street Journal editorial page called Bannon’s roster of candidates a bunch of ‘cranks and outliers.’ Former McConnell chief of staff Josh Holmes said Bannon is a ‘white supremacist.’ Stuart Stevens, a veteran of five Republican presidential campaigns, told me that Bannon is ‘an odd, strangely repulsive figure who is trying to use the political process to work through personal issues of anger and frustration.’ He added, ‘like many people in their first campaign, he confused his candidate winning with the fantasy voters supported him.'”

The article ends with this quote from Bannon: “I’m not a political operative,” he said, “I’m a revolutionary.”

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Die-Hard MAGA Trump Supporters in Arizona Think ‘It’s Very Possible’ States Will ‘Decertify’ the 2020 Election

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Donald Trump’s most recent rally in Arizona brought many opportunities for his supporters to explain why they think the former president will be back in office any day.

Politico spoke to a few MAGA folks on the ground at the event and got their thoughts on what’s next in the Trump movement.

“I hope states decertify the election. I want to hear him say it’s over, we are ready to move on and hold a new election,” Politico cited Ray Kallatsa from Tucson. “I do think it’s possible, very possible.”

His thoughts echo those of pillow mogul Mike Lindell, who spoke to the crowd ahead of the former president. He cited QAnon language.

“Can you feel the storm building? It’s America,” he said using the allusion of “the storm” which is part of the conspiracy group’s messaging.

The storm, “refers to excessive social conflict that is predicted to occur prior to society reaching the point of ‘The Great Awakening,’ explained Murray State University.

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‘Avalanche of Lies’: Trump’s Arizona Speech Smacked Down by CNN Host

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The morning after Donald Trump rehashed all of his complaints about the 2020 presidential election that saw him lose to President Joe Biden and then attacked fellow Republicans, a CNN host dismissed his words as an “avalanche of lies.”

During the speech, the president also asserted that his “Stop the Steal” rally crowd was massive, telling the crowd, “They talk about the people that walked down to the Capitol, They don’t talk about the size of that crowd. I believe it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before, and they were there to protest the election.”

After sharing clips of Trump’s ranting about critics within his own party who aren’t buying into his election lies, host Abby Phillip cut to the chase and also noted the former president’s defense of the Capitol insurrectionists.

“I don’t actually recommend people listen to the avalanche of lies last night,” she stated, “but it’s notable how much effort went into defending these January 6th defendants and saying that they were being held as political prisoners. It’s a window into where this is all headed for Republicans.”

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Sedition Indictments Reveal the DOJ Is Looking Beyond the Jan 6th Insurrection: Former US Attorney

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance explained that a deep reading of the federal seditious conspiracy indictments filed against eleven members of the Oath Keepers revealed that the Department of Justice is looking at more than the Jan 6th insurrection.

Speaking with host Ali Velshi, Vance suggested more indictments are likely to follow.

“One of the keys to understanding this indictment is it doesn’t look at January 6th as just one day,” she began. “The conduct starts shortly after the election and continues to January 6th. We now seemingly have a more firm answer to the direction whether the DOJ is looking at January 6th as a standalone day or is this continuing course of conduct surrounding the big lie.”

“The fact they are looking at the longer spectrum of conduct is good news for people who want to see people who were involved in the day’s events held responsible for all of the efforts to interfere with the election, not just the violence that manifested on January 6th” she continued. “This is prosecutors continuing to move up that ladder of responsibility. They’ve now hit a point with people involved in a definitive way and the violence on that day. The question is whether some of these individuals and other people who have been indicted will decide to cooperate with prosecutors and if they decide to cooperate, what information they may have to share.”

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