Love him or hate him, you can say one thing about Steve Bannon — he’s never one to run away from a fight.
The sentence for Bannon’s Contempt of Court conviction was passed down today. Merrick Garland’s DOJ recommended the harshest possible penalty: a six-month prison sentence and a $200,000 fine. The judge was nowhere near that aggressive in the sentancing, handing down only 4 months and a $6500 fine.
Bannon will also remain free pending his appeal.
After being found guilty of the contempt charges (which he can and certainly WILL appeal) Bannon took a few minutes to stand in front of the press. He didn’t apologize, whine about the judge, or complain about the verdict. He simply said he would continue to let things play out through the appeals process.
Because he understands ‘narrative’ and that sound bites have a powerful ability to drive the public perception of the news, he used his presser to frame the verdict. Anticipating the Democrat Media’s talking points about him, he built a counter-narrative by emphasizing how fully he had complied with previous — legitimate — inquiries.
He reminded the public that he had been at the center of previous investigations involving thorny legal matters and questions of Executive privilege. He had leaned on is legal team then — as was appropriate — and gave those inquires all the information he was legally permitted to share with them.
The unstated implication here is: that was precisely what he did with the J6 Committee. But the J6 Committee did not recognize any concerns of executive privilege as important or valid.
Instead of moaning about his own situation, he emphasized his respect for both the judge’s decision and the process. He used a kind of rhetorical judo that Republicans would do well to learn and emulate. He took two different attacks from his critics in his 3-minute presser and harnessed them both to promote his own message. See if you can spot where he does it.
He uses two things to set up points of his own making: he uses the verdict against him and he uses the sign a protester in the back is trying to use to heckle him:
Today was my judgment day for the judge (briefly describes his intention to vigorously appeal that decision) then comes the pivot:
‘…but [turns toward protester who had a sign with different messages on front and back] as that sign says right there… can we have the ‘vote’ sign?[Steve turns back to face the camera, then the heckler obediently flips it to the side that says ‘vote’ before yelling something about voting that the microphones did not pick up very well]
Bannon ignores the heckler and continues: On November 8th, on November 8th, on November 8th, there’s gonna have judgment on the illegitimate Biden regime and quite frankly, Nancy Pelosi and the entire committee. And we know which way that’s going. Either they’ve already been turfed out, like Liz Cheney, right? Or have quit, like Kinzinger and other of the Democrats, or they’re about to be beaten like Luria and others, or they will lose their power and become a minority and Nanci Pelosi and Chairman Thompson … all of it.
This is democracy. This is democracy. The American people are weighing and measuring what went on with the justice department and how they comported themselves. They’re weighing and measuring that right now and they will vote on November 8th. [Cross-talk] On November 8th, the American people will raise judgment, and we will broom the –the Biden administration ends on the evening of the 8th of November.
And then he drops the bombshell prediction against the very people who brought the criminal charges of impeachment against him:
Merrick Garland will end up being the first Attorney General that’s brought up on charges of impeachment and he’ll be removed from office.
Say it as a prayer, people. An imprecatory prayer.
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This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.