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Steve Bannon’s Twitter account suspended after he called for the beheading of Dr. Fauci

'I'd put their heads on pikes.'


Samira Sadeque


Published Nov 5, 2020   Updated Nov 6, 2020, 9:42 am CST

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s Twitter account was permanently suspended on Thursday after he called for the beheadings of Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray. 

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The former chief strategist and senior counselor to President Donald Trump made the comments on his YouTube podcast, “War Room.” YouTube pulled the video and subsequently suspended the account.

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In the clip in question, Bannon says he would put Fauci and Wray’s heads “on pikes” and put them on display at the White House. The comments came after he suggested Trump’s “second term” kick off with the firing of Fauci and Wray.

“Second term kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci, no, I actually want to go a step farther, but the president is a kind-hearted man and a good man,” Bannon said.

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“I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England. I’d put their heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats, you either get with the program or you’re gone,” he added.

Following his comments, the Twitter and YouTube accounts for Bannon’s podcast were suspended, according to NBC tech reporter Scott Budman. Twitter told Forbes it suspended the account for violating its “policy on the glorification of violence.”

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The accounts were not available on either platform when the Daily Dot ran a search for them Thursday evening. CNN reports the Twitter suspension is permanent.

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*First Published: Nov 5, 2020, 10:24 pm CST