Outspoken Conservative brand Steve Bannon welcomed at least four election deniers to his Crisis unit podcast since his October conviction for contempt of Congress.
Bannon’s sentence includes four months in prison in addition to a $6,500 fine. He was initially convicted of two counts in July, but his sentence is much lighter than the six-month prison sentence and $200,000 fine sought by the Justice Department.
Since his sentencing was announced, he has hosted Alex Jones, Pennsylvania State Representative Frank Ryan, Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano and Nevada secretary of state candidate Jim Marchant.
Marchant has been described by Politico as a “leading proponent of the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen”. If elected, Nevada’s election could change drastically due to the elimination of mail-in voting, reduced early voting and a change that could include manual ballot counting.
On his website, Marchant says he was “a victim of voter fraud” when running for Congress in 2020. He touted endorsements from former President Donald Trump, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Andy Biggs, of Rep. Paul Gosar and the House Freedom Caucus.
While a guest on Bannon’s podcast on Tuesday, Marchant spoke about a Republican “coalition” of candidates for secretary of state nationwide that includes Kristina Karamo in Michigan and Mark Finchem in Arizona.
Karamo is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against Detroit’s clerk alleging erratic voting patterns in the city and encouraging in-person-only voting or in-person ballot pickup. Some Democrats view the lawsuit as racist for targeting a city with mostly black residents.
Finchem, who has been aligned with the QAnon conspiracy group, has made numerous statements critical of the accuracy of the 2020 election. Ahead of the primary he won by double digits, he pledged to change the election laws of Arizona if he was able to do so.
Marchant told Bannon that “the coalition was created to counter and reverse what George Soros and Harry Reid did in 2004.”
“If we get elected, they know exactly what’s in store for them — you know, their power. They’re going to lose power,” Marchant told Bannon. “And that’s exactly what they know. And that’s why they’re so afraid of what we’re doing.”
He continued“Wherever we have a candidate with our coalition, they just waste a huge amount of money because they know they can’t win if we succeed.”
Marchant told NBC News earlier this year that he wouldn’t rule out advocating for another Trump voter list if he was secretary of state and Trump was on the 2024 ballot.
Marchant’s opponent, Democrat Cisco Aguilar, says on his website that “there are individuals and groups who are determined to roll us back, which makes it harder to vote,” without mentioning Marchant’s name. .
Gordon Brown, spokesman for the Nevada State Democratic Party, said Newsweek that a Secretary of State’s job is “to ensure that every Nevadan, regardless of party, has the right and ability to have their voice heard.”
“Once again we see Jim Marchant, an extremist candidate who unfortunately represents much of today’s GOP, openly brag about his intention to disregard any election result with which he is not okay,” Brown said. “His savage conspiracy theories are more than just reckless, dangerous and baseless; they pose a direct threat to our democracy, both in Nevada and across the country.”
Mastriano has been called an “election denying conspiracy theorist” by The Philadelphia Investigatorwho encouraged Pennsylvanians to vote for his opponent, Democrat Josh Shapiro.
Recently, Mastriano joined many other conservative election deniers, including Roger Stone, General Michael Flynn and Mike Lindell at an event that also supported QAnon believers and COVID vaccine skeptics.
On Friday’s show, Bannon encouraged a “call to arms” following a letter written by Frank Ryan claiming that 240,000 ballots had been mailed to “unverified” voters in Pennsylvania.
Bannon, who encouraged Bolsonaro not to concede electoral defeat in Brazil, was recently called a “true American patriot” by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Newsweek contacted Bannon, Marchant and Aguilar for comment.