Steve Bannon Launches MAGA Battle Cry: “Victory or Death”

While attending the Turning Point Action (TPA) convention on Saturday, conservative media personality Steve Bannon delivered a Make America Great Again (MAGA) battle cry to a cheering audience when he declared: “Ladies and gentlemen, It’s very simple: victory or death! “”

The context

Bannon, who served as chief White House strategist during the Trump administration, was one of dozens of MAGA and Trump supporters to speak at the three-day convention in Detroit.

In his nearly 10-minute speech, Bannon described what America would look like if former President Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election, was re-elected, including the release of prisoners serving time for the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol, the issuance of taxes. budget cuts and “securing the border,” among other topics.

“He wants peace, and only a strong man can give us peace,” Bannon told the crowd. He then hit President Joe Biden, adding, “We’ve seen what an irresponsible, hapless old man can do.”

What we know

Trump, who turned 78 on Friday, will face Biden, 81, in the 2024 presidential election, where age has been a significant topic of debate.

During his speech on Saturday, the Crisis unit The podcast host attacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and said: “We are going to dismantle the FBI. The FBI, the American Gestapo… There will be no FBI.”

Bannon warned of similar sentiments on his show, saying former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe “should be worried” about being targeted by Trump officials, if the former president is elected for a second term. Bannon has also repeatedly suggested that federal agencies be “purgeed.” According to USA todayBannon believes the FBI should investigate Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.

Russia has denied allegations of election inference and Trump called the Mueller report a “complete and utter exoneration” after “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the government Russian in its electoral interference activities.

Ending his speech, Bannon issued a call to the rally, asking the audience: “Are you ready to fight?” Are you ready to give it your all? Are you ready to leave it all on the battlefield? I can’t hear you and they can. I can’t hear you!” People clapped, cheered and shouted in support before they began chanting “USA USA USA.”

Bannon concluded his speech by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s very simple: victory or death!” »

In a text message to News week On Saturday afternoon, Bannon clarified that the comment was “metaphorically” and wrote, “It’s victory or death,” and in another text message, “End of the Republic.”

Steve Bannon, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, speaks February 24 in National Harbor, Maryland. While appearing at the Turning Point Action (TPA) convention on Saturday, Bannon posted a Make America Great Again (MAGA) message…

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And after?

Trump is meeting with voters in Detroit today and is scheduled to speak at the TPA convention tonight at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, Bannon was ordered to report to prison by July 1 after being found guilty of contempt of Congress in 2022 for failing to comply with a subpoena in connection with the investigation into the Capitol riot. The case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. He was sentenced to four months.

Updated 6/15/24 at 6:26 p.m. ET: This article has been updated with additional information.