Steve Bannon is the ‘happiest man in America’ because he’s finally stealing the spotlight back from Trump: Michael Wolff
Steve Bannon is reveling in the attention brought by his defiance of a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection, according to author Michael Wolff.
Wolff, who claims to have spent hundreds of hours speaking with Bannon over the last several years, appeared on MSNBC on Wednesday night to discuss his new book, "Too Famous."
Host Lawrence O'Donnell asked Wolff if he thinks publicity associated with the House select committee's investigation is "good for Steve Bannon's business."
"This is exactly where Steve Bannon wants to be," Wolff responded. "The Democrats could not have played more into Steve Bannon's hands. He is the happiest man in America tonight."
"Remember, Steve has been kind of in the wilderness for the last three years, since Trump forced him out of the White House," Wolff added. "The real pain in Steve's heart is that the attention has been on Donald Trump — whom Steve regards as stupid, crazy and a crook — rather than the attention being on Steve Bannon. So yes, it's a good day for Steve."
O'Donnell noted that even if the Department of Justice prosecutes and convicts Bannon, the maximum penalty would be one year in jail, and he would likely only serve eight or nine months.
Wolff said if Bannon is sentenced to jail, "He would literally be in heaven. This would make his career and his life."
He added that Bannon would "absolutely" cash in on his time behind bars.
"I've been watching this and I've been thinking, Steve is just the luckiest man on earth," Wolff said.
O'Donnell also asked Wolff what he thinks Bannon's testimony would be like if the committee does end up questioning him.
"That's one of the interesting things about this, is that I don't think Steve Bannon has much to testify to," Wolff said. "He really was not in close contact with Donald Trump. He made efforts to be in contact, but Trump doesn't like to speak to Bannon. I don't think (Ohio Republican Congressman) Jim Jordan was really in touch with the president either. What Jim Jordan is trying to imply is that he was in touch with the president, but the reality is that he wasn't. So everybody is using this for a weird counter-purpose. ... They want to be Trump defenders. They want to be seen as somehow being important players in Jan. 6, when in fact it was ... chaos, mayhem, disorganized, and nobody was really representing Donald Trump except, as always, Donald Trump."
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In conjunction with his new social media platform, former president Donald Trump is planning a video streaming service to provide "non-woke entertainment."
Trump announced the launch of his Truth Social platform through a newly formed company, Trump Media and Technology Corp., in a news release Wednesday.
The release states that in addition to Truth Social, the company intends a subscription video service called TMTG+.
"TMGT+ is an on-demand streaming service that will provide news, big-tent entertainment, exciting documentaries, sports programming, and more. The American public is seeking a 'non-woke' entertainment, and TMTG+ will provide content for all to enjoy."
A graphic promoting TMGT+ suggests that it aspires to compete against the likes of Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu. The graphic includes images of a boxing match and Trump presenting a trophy to what appears to be a sumo wrestler.
"Trump's new media company promises to meet the demand for 'non-woke entertainment,'" Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer wrote alongside the graphic on Twitter. "What would that look like? Judging by the pitch deck, a lot more sumo wrestling."
Trump's new media company promises to meet the demand for "non-woke entertainment." What would that look like? Judg… https://t.co/VmGOUSjKKy— Will Sommer (@Will Sommer) 1634781317.0
On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump announced the creation of his own social network, which he calls "TRUTH Social," and which will be administered by a "publicly listed company" created via the merger of Trump Media & Technology Group and Digital World Acquisition Corp.
The idea is for this to become a tech giant that will compete with Silicon Valley, in revenge for the major tech platforms removing the former president in the wake of his role in the January 6 Capitol attack.
But as national security attorney Bradley Moss noted, this scheme could blow up in Trump's face quickly:
A publicly listed company? Why would he subject himself to that kind of scrutiny? https://t.co/8DSLkkOn9I— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1634777696.0
Among other things, Trump taking over a public company would mean his business is subject to stricter regulations and oversight from the Securities and Exchange Commission — putting greater scrutiny on his finances at a time when his family business is already facing charges in New York for tax fraud.
Trump's new company is not the first attempt by the right to create their own online safe space. One of the pioneering social networks for the right was Gab, which has been booted from app stores for allowing hate speech and allowed the gunman who shot up the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh to post his manifestos against Jews. Other pro-conservative platforms, like Parler and GETTR, have been struggling to maintain a user base.
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