Steve ‘Honey Badger’ Bannon Calls Thursday Arrest ‘Political Hit Job,’ Vows Fight
Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York charged Bannon with conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering for his role in fleecing “We Build the Wall” campaign donors out of millions of dollars. Contributers were duped into believing that their money was financing President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico, despite Trump predicating his 2016 presidential run on Mexico footing the bill. Bannon bought a yacht instead and got busted. It is what it is.
“I am not going to back down. This is a political hit job,” Bannon said on his show “War Room.” Everybody knows I love a fight.”
Then things got weird.
“I was called ‘honey badger’ for many years,” Bannon gloated. “You know, ‘Honey badger doesn’t give.’ So, I’m in this for the long haul. I’m in this for the fight.”
Trump on Thursday unsuccessfully tried to distance himself from Bannon, but Honey Badger stayed on message.
“What he said yesterday was absolutely correct,” Bannon said of Trump. “Building the wall is a function of government. But look how much trouble President Trump has had.”
An indifferent Bannon insisted that he and his donors/financiers/victims are targets of intimidation by Trump’s political enemies.
“This was to stop and intimidate people who want to talk about the wall. This is to stop and intimidate people who have the president’s back on building the wall,” Bannon said. “We’re never going to stop pushing the wall. We’re never going to stop saying that you can’t stop this wall.”
Bannon was chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign beginning on August 17, 2016 and served as Trump’s chief Oval Office confidant until the following summer. His predecessor, Paul Manafort, is a convicted felon, and was accused on Thursday of mortgage fraud. Trump’s first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with simple battery in 2016 after he grabbed a reporter. The case was dismissed.