Steve Bannon issued a “call to arms” for Republicans over election integrity concerns as officials sound the alarm on the risk of political violence during this year’s election cycle.
Bannon, who served as an adviser to former President Donald Trump, is already raising concerns about the integrity of the midterm elections after Trump-aligned Republicans claimed without evidence that the 2020 election was stolen by Democrats via widespread voter fraud.
During an episode of his War Room podcast on Friday, Bannon pointed to a new letter from Pennsylvania state Representative Frank Ryan claiming that 240,000 ballots were sent to “not verified” voters—potentially equating to voter fraud in the key battleground state.
The letter’s claims are unverified and have been scrutinized by his fellow Republicans, according to conservative news outlet the Washington Examiner. Linda Kerns, a GOP lawyer, told the outlet that the letter was based on “faulty assumptions, made by misinterpreting government data.”
Above, Steve Bannon speaks to reporters in Washington, D.C. on October 21. Bannon issued a “call to arms” over new election fraud claims in Pennsylvania. His remarks come as officials warn of heightened threats of violence during the midterm elections next month.
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Despite concerns about the letter’s accuracy, Bannon described it as a “call to arms” for Trump-aligned Republicans.
“There’s nobody coming to save us. You are the cavalry. Think back to the old John Ford westerns. You’re the cavalry,” he said. “Right now in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania—a call to arms. You’ve got to get to Frank Ryan. You’ve got to get into these counties.”
He then doubled down on the comments in a Gettr post, and wrote: “No one is coming to save America—you ARE the Cavalry!!!!”
Officials Sound Alarm on Political Violence Ahead of MidtermsBannon’s remarks come as election officials warn of political violence at the polls during the hotly contested midterms.
John Cohen, former intelligence chief for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) previously told Newsweek that the threat of violence is “the most dangerous I’ve ever seen in my entire 38-year career” that could “potentially impact the stability of the nation.”
Federal officials issued a bulletin on Friday warning that extremists’ concerns about election fraud could lead to threats of violence even after the midterms, CNN reported.
“Following the 2022 midterm election, perceptions of election-related fraud and dissatisfaction with electoral outcomes likely will result in heightened threats of violence against a broad 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—motivated by claims of election fraud—rioted at the U.S. Capitol building in a failed attempt to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison last week for refusing to cooperate with the House select committee investigating the insurrection.
Political violence shook the country on Friday after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi was violently assaulted in the couple’s San Francisco home. The attacker, 42-year-old David DePape, allegedly shouted “Where is Nancy?” before hitting Pelosi with a hammer.
Meanwhile, Republicans have faced scrutiny for using inflammatory language against Pelosi critics believe contributed to the attack.
Newsweek reached out to Bannon’s War Room for comment.