Twitter suspended former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon after he called for the beheading of NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci in a YouTube video that was also removed.
The social media activist organization Sleeping Giants confirmed that Bannon’s grip on @WarRoomPandemic (Steve Bannon’s War Room) was suspended after the video began circulating in social media.
CONFIRMS that Steve Bannon was suspended by @twitter. https://t.co/YEfuKhmK9f
– Sleeping giants (@slpng_giants) November 5, 2020
In the video of his podcast War Room: Pandemic, Bannon called for Fauci and FBI Director Chris Wray to be fired at the beginning of President Donald Trump’s second term in office if he were re-elected. In the video, the former Breitbart Chairman said he would “like to go one step further,” but said the President was “a good-hearted man.
Worryingly, he did not hesitate before saying he would “like to go back to the old days of Tudor England” to implement medieval phrases for Fauci and Wray. “I’d stick my heads on skewers, wouldn’t I? I would put them on the two corners of the White House as a warning to the federal bureaucrats: Either you join in or you’re gone. Time to stop playing games,” he said.
Bannon also called for the appointment of former deputy director of national intelligence Ric Grenell as head of the FBI. “Appoint Ric Grenell as interim head of the FBI today, that will enlighten them, right,” he said in the podcast.
In a statement to Washington Newsday, a Twitter spokesman referred to the policy on the site that bans language like Bannon’s. “The @WarRoomPandemic account has been permanently suspended for violating Twitter rules, particularly our policy of glorifying violence,” the statement said.
The policy prohibits the glorification of violence and states: “You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people”.
Faced with the video, the former director of speech writing to President Barack Obama and Crooked Media co-founder Jon Favreau called on reporters to stop interviewing Bannon “as if he were a legitimate public figure.
I will not release the video, but Steve Bannon called for the beheading of Dr. Fauci and FBI Director Chris Wray.
Political reporters who are still interviewing him and asking him for quotes as if he were a legitimate public figure should perhaps stop.
– Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) November 5, 2020
Ironically, in an episode of War Room, Bannon also called for the arrest of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: pandemic for placing warnings over several tweets from Trump, calling them “controversial and misleading” about the election. “I knew this moment would come. When a punk like Jack Dorsey will bring down and suppress the commander-in-chief’s freedom of speech,” he told the podcast.
As previously reported, Bannon is currently awaiting trial (scheduled for May 2021) after being arrested in August and charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering. Bannon pleaded not guilty….