Former top Trump White House aide Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday morning by U.S. Postal Service agents, and will be indicted on two charges of criminal fraud. The maximum penalties, MSNBC reports, is 20 years for each charge.
Bannon, a right wing white nationalist is a so-called "populist conservative" who served President Donald Trump as White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor until August of 2017. He was also Trump's 2016 presidential campaign CEO.
After leaving the White House he said he wanted to lead the "global populist movement," and worked on more than a dozen political campaigns or movements, mostly in Europe, in an effort to spread his racist brand of nationalism.
An original co-founder, Bannon served as the executive chairman of Breitbart News after leaving the White House. He previously had bragged that the far right wing website was "the platform for the alt-right."
Upon learning the U.S. Postal Service had conducted the investigation and ultimately arrested Bannon, many on social media celebrated the irony, given Trump's literal dismantling of the vital government agency.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), may have posted the best tweet:
Steve Bannon arrested by US Postal Service Agents. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.— ian bremmer (@ian bremmer) 1597933605.0
The best part about Steve Bannon's arrest today is that he was arrested by agents from... wait for it... wait for… https://t.co/bvGBLPv7f2— Mrs. Krassenstein (@Mrs. Krassenstein) 1597934137.0
Yes. Steve Bannon was arrested on a boat, and the U.S. Postal Service was involved. https://t.co/idNytF19Ws https://t.co/HQ7LHRJdOl— Xeni Jardin (@Xeni Jardin) 1597937273.0
Thank you to the United States Postal Service for delivering our mail & arresting Steve Bannon— Ari Berman (@Ari Berman) 1597933430.0
New definition of IRONY: @CBSNews is reporting that Bannon was taken into custody by agents of the U.S. Postal Serv… https://t.co/hiAdGglNho— Larry Sabato (@Larry Sabato) 1597934051.0
I can't think of a more appropriate sweetener to the story of Steve Bannon getting taken down than it being by the… https://t.co/wbTueUBnx1— Fred Wellman (@Fred Wellman) 1597933093.0
Always a US Postal Service angle: the US Postal Inspection Service helped out SDNY with the investigation and prose… https://t.co/KQqX2l1Sk3— Grace Panetta (@Grace Panetta) 1597932278.0
The irony of US Postal Service agents arresting Steve Bannon on federal charges for stealing and defrauding donors… https://t.co/VaJFcR1MfC— Jeff (@Jeff) 1597937254.0
Sweet IRONY 😂Steve Bannon was arrested on a boat by agents of the @USPS the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which i… https://t.co/sQnZVX4hfs— Venture Capital (@Venture Capital) 1597936819.0
the postal service arresting steve bannon is almost too good. a million chefs kisses. thank you for this, at least… https://t.co/1Aya8sReHl— laura carlson (@laura carlson) 1597937284.0
Steve Bannon was taken into custody by the U.S. Postal Service. The writers this season have done an exceptional job.— Taegan Goddard (@Taegan Goddard) 1597933728.0