Lending the credibility of the national party she represents convicted criminals In recent weeks, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has repeatedly urged audiences of the former Trump strategist to sign up as poll followers.
McDaniel’s call to action among Bannon’s far-right viewership came as complaints about voter intimidation from armed “watchers” at Arizona drop box keep pouring in—All while Bannon promote the organization affiliated with QAnon voters threatened.
With midterms only 13 days left, McDaniel has appeared on Bannon’s Pandemic of war show three times in just the past two weeks, her most recent appearance on Wednesday morning. In fact, her latest stop on MAGA podcaster’s show came just a few days later Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison for contempt of Congress.
Bannon, who was openly bragging about his secret efforts to steal the 2020 election from President Joe Biden, turned his attention to “watching the polls” during this year’s pivotal midterm elections.
For example, the former Breitbart director encouraged his audience join “Army of the Patriots” by attorney Cleta Mitchell to be trained like pollsters, describing it as a “call to arms.” Mitchell, of course, was one of former President Donald Trump’s attorneys involved in Biden’s bid to overturn Biden’s election victory.
Additionally, Bannon twice hosted conspiracy theorist Melody Jennings on her show to promote Clean Elections for her team, having call for “Real patriots stand up and watch the drop boxes.” Jennings, who shout out programs and groups QAnon during her appearance, claiming her organization has “people who are willing to go to 18 states to go out in shifts and guard these boxes” so they can find “mule” — a reference to right-wing provocateur Dinesh D’Souza’s The movie that refuses to vote has been announced 2000 mules.
Clean Elections and Jennings has been named in numerous lawsuits by voting rights groups related to the group’s alleged interference at drop boxes in Arizona since early voting began in the state. Bannon, meanwhile, protected people carrying guns while viewing drop boxes in the state.
During appearances on Bannon’s podcast, McDaniel urged his followers to sign up to keep track of polling places as the former Trump adviser described the upcoming election in apocalyptic terms. .
“Where are people going? Because we have the most motivated group of activists! Where do we need people? You have to have a part of this,” Bannon told McDaniel Wednesday. “This is like World War II; everyone has to be a part of this, not just watching the show or watching Fox passively. “
The GOP leader, for his part, tells viewers to sign up at RNC’s Protect the site Voteadded that if all of the Election Day slots have been filled or they can’t volunteer that day, they can still apply for post-election changes “we have to be ready to deploy people to come all these different areas” in case there are close races.
In another interview with Bannon last week, the RNC president encouraged viewers to “go early to vote” and then “sign up for a poll,” telling the audience that “we need you.” do both of these now.”
She added: “We will plug you into your state. So there are a few things you can do. One, you can knock on the door in your state or be a poll follower. “
Besides never stop encouraging Audiences of Bannon volunteered to see polling places, McDaniel also appeared to play around with election conspiracy theories, such as the false claim that voters could vote after election day via ballot sent by mail.
“So the state law in Pennsylvania, this is the law, that if you return a ballot, it has to be dated, right?” McDaniel exclaimed last week. “Simple. We need to know when you’re voting so we can know if you’re voting before election day. The law is really simple. It’s their statute. It’s passed by the body.” Legislature. And so Pennsylvania did, the secretary of state said we would count the undated ballots.”
She continued: “So the RNC is suing, we’re going to take it to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. We are suing the Secretary of State in every county in Pennsylvania, that they absolutely must not count undated ballots and follow the law. That is their law. If they want to change the penalty law, but that’s their state law. “