Right-wing broadcaster Steve Bannon claimed this week that there had been a "coup" against then-President Donald Trump following the 2020 presidential election.
Bannon, a former Trump adviser, kicked off his Monday War Room program by promoting a conspiracy theory claiming that members of the Oath Keepers had secretly worked with the FBI to instigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"Did you ever see Steve Bannon whine about all the crap they pulled on Russia?" Bannon asked, referring to the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. "The answer is no. It is what it is. And guess what? We're crushing this illegitimate regime in this crib. OK? So, Benny [Thompson], suck on that. OK?"
"So do not think that you're going to intimidate us in any way, shape or form," he continued. "When independent voters see this they're going to be outraged. What did the FBI know, what did the national security apparatus know, what does [FBI Director Christopher Wray] know, what does Merrick Garland know and what did they not tell the president of the United States? What did they not tell Donald Trump?"
Bannon added: "What did they plan? What did they plot? And what did they hide from Donald J. Trump when he was commander-in-chief. This is an outrage. You talk about coups. I can show you a coup and we will show you a coup. No conspiracy. We're going to connect hard dots."
Garland was appointed as attorney general in March of 2021. He was serving as a circuit judge at the time of the 2020 presidential election.
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