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Steve Bannon Calls MAGA Community ‘To Arms’, Says They’re ‘The Cavalry’


Steve Bannon has issued a “call to arms” for Republicans over election integrity issues as officials sound the alarm about the risk of political violence in this year’s election cycle.

Bannon, who served as an adviser to former President Donald Trump, is already concerned about the integrity of the midterm elections after Trump-aligned Republicans claimed without evidence that the 2020 election was stolen by the Democrats through widespread electoral fraud.

During an episode of his Crisis unit podcast on Friday, Bannon pointed to a new letter from Pennsylvania State Rep. Frank Ryan claiming that 240,000 ballots were mailed to “unverified” voters, potentially amounting to voter fraud in the Key battlefield status.

The claims in the letter are unverified and have been reviewed by fellow Republicans, according to the conservative Washington Examiner newspaper. Linda Kerns, a GOP attorney, told the outlet that the letter was based on “erroneous assumptions, made by misinterpreting government data.”

Above, Steve Bannon speaks to reporters in Washington, DC, on October 21. Bannon issued a “call to arms” over new allegations of voter fraud in Pennsylvania. His remarks come as officials warn of heightened threats of violence in next month’s midterm elections.
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Despite concerns about the letter’s accuracy, Bannon described it as a “call to arms” for Trump-aligned Republicans.

“Nobody’s coming to save us. You’re the cavalry. Think back to old John Ford westerns. You’re the cavalry,” he said. “Right now in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – a call to arms. You must surrender to Frank Ryan. You must enter these counties.”

He then doubled down on the comments in a Gettr post and wrote, “Nobody’s coming to save America – you ARE the cavalry!!!!”

Officials sound alarm over political violence ahead of midterm

Bannon’s remarks come as election officials warn of political violence at the ballot box in the hotly contested midterm elections.

Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence chief John Cohen previously said Newsweek that the threat of violence is “the most dangerous I have ever seen in my entire 38-year career” which could “potentially impact the stability of the nation”.

Federal officials issued a bulletin on Friday warning that extremist concerns about voter fraud could lead to threats of violence even after midterms, CNN reported.

“After the 2022 midterm elections, perceptions of election fraud and dissatisfaction with election results will likely lead to increased threats of violence against a wide range of targets, such as ideological opponents and election workers,” the letter reads, according to CNN.

Following the 2020 presidential election, a mob of Trump supporters – driven by allegations of voter fraud – rioted against the US Capitol building in a failed attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the college’s victory election of President Joe Biden. Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison last week for refusing to cooperate with the House select committee investigating the insurgency.

Political violence rocked the country on Friday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was violently assaulted at the couple’s home in San Francisco. The attacker, David DePape, 42, allegedly shouted “Where’s Nancy?” before hitting Pelosi with a hammer.

Meanwhile, Republicans have come under scrutiny for using inflammatory language against critics of Pelosi, who believe they aided in the attack.

Newsweek contacted Bannon Crisis unit for comment.

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