Bannon Fires Shot Across Democrats’ Bow

Steve Bannon

( – Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist under President Donald Trump, has vowed to “destroy the Democratic Party” during a brief exchange with reporters in New York City.

Bannon’s new message for the Democrats came on Tuesday morning, minutes before he learned that he would be tried on fraud charges next year.

“We’re going to destroy the Democrat Party as a national political institution,” Trump’s former adviser said at New York State Supreme Court Manhattan, as cited by Newsmax.

Bannon did not specify whether his vow included former President Donald Trump’s widely anticipated 2024 presidential candidacy.

He also offered no details as to how he intended to accomplish the destruction of the Democratic Party.

On Tuesday, Bannon’s appearance at the Manhattan court connected with the state charges against him over his role in the “We Build The Wall” nonprofit.

These include two counts of money laundering, three counts of an attempt to commit conspiracy, and one count of scheming to defraud.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Bannon’s request for a trial delay until 2024 was rejected by the acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice, Juan Merchan. Thus, the trial would most probably start in November 2023.

The judge gave Bannon’s legal team until February to study the evidence in the fraud case.

The prosecution claims that Bannon deceived donors who donated to the “We Build The Wall” initiative for constructing the anti-illegal immigration barrier on the US – Mexican border.

According to the prosecutors, he funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to two other people —Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato. Both of them pleaded guilty to federal charges in April.

Two years ago, Bannon faced federal charges on the same matter but was pardoned by then-President Donald Trump in January 2021.

“[Bannon] is not guilty of anything that he’s charged with, or of any crime,” said his lawyer David Schoen, claiming his client is targeted as a means of political retribution.

Back in July, Bannon was found guilty of a contempt of Congress charge after he refused to comply with a subpoena issued by the Democrat-dominated House select committee investigating the breach of the US Capitol by protesters on January 6, 2021.

The former White House Chief Strategist’s sentence under that conviction is expected later in October.