Former President Trump and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon were briefly seen embracing each other Saturday night at the Young Republican Club of New York's annual gala. captured Photo by Reuters.
The event featured a keynote address by President Trump, who, if re-elected, would become a “dictator” from day one in office to secure the southern border and conduct training on protected U.S. land. He seemed to be doubling down on what he had said. The event, held at Cipriani Wall Street, also included speeches by Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roger Marshall (D-Kan.).
An invitation to the event showed Bannon was among the honored guests, including former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He led the Trump campaign team's investigation into 2020 voter fraud. Mr. Giuliani is a co-defendant. He also fought alongside Trump in a Georgia election lawsuit over his efforts to overturn his defeat in the state.
Mr. Bannon was a key figurehead in Mr. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, but his relationship with the former president and early White House aides was fraught. Bannon left the White House in 2017 amid a personnel shakeup and later came under fire for comments he made in an explosive 2018 book about Trump's tenure as president. I took a bath.
Before leaving the White House, President Trump pardoned Bannon, who was charged with defrauding thousands of donors in connection with a private border wall fundraiser. Mr. Bannon refused to respond to a subpoena to testify before the committee on January 6, and he was subsequently found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress.
The hug was the clearest indication in recent months that Mr. Bannon and Mr. Trump appear to be on good terms again.
In remarks on a recent podcast episode, Bannon suggested he is closely involved in planning President Trump's second term in the White House. Bannon and another Trump ally, Kash Patel, stressed that the former president is “seriously considering” taking revenge on his political opponents and the media if he returns to the White House. They warned the media to take the threat seriously.
“And I hope to the producers of 'Morning Joe' who are watching over us, and all the producers who are watching over us, this is not just rhetoric. We are fully committed to I'm serious,” Bannon said on his podcast, referring to the MSNBC show. “We cannot have a constitutional republic and forgive what these deep states have done to this country.
“That the Deep State, the administrative state, the fourth branch of government, which is never mentioned in the Constitution, be dismantled brick by brick, and those who have done these evil things held accountable, prosecuted, and criminally prosecuted. ” Bannon added.
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