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Steve Bannon in FBI custody

November 15, 2021

~ 4 minutes read

On Monday, Steve Bannon handed himself over to the FBI after refusing to comply with a subpoena to testify in front of the January 6th congressional committee.
What else is each side focusing on?
  • Bannon broke the law by defying the congressional subpoena.
  • Bannon used his arrest to advocate for his insurrectionist agenda.
  • Republicans in Congress had a chance to establish a non-partisan committee about January 6th.  
  • Bannon knows that the Democrat-dominated January 6th committee only wants him there so they can score political points.
  • Bannon was placed in handcuffs even though he’s only facing a misdemeanor charge.
The Narrative

Bannon helped plot a coup against the American government and people on January 6th, and should face the consequences. If Bannon is innocent, why doesn’t he want people to hear the truth? The only reason Republicans don’t want a thorough investigation into January 6th is because they know they’re guilty.

Bannon is a great patriot who is being politically persecuted — his support for the protestors on January 6th is not a crime. Even a bi-partisan January 6th committee would have served the Democrat’s political agenda by prolonging and politicizing the conversation about an event which is months and months past.

How could a reasonable person come to think this?
  • Rioters on January 6th were trying to overturn an election they lost fair and square.
  • Those involved were not only violent, but also violated federal law by breaking into and damaging the Capitol building.
  • Protesters on January 6th were expressing a legitimate concern about irregularities during the 2020 election.
  • The non-violent protesters shouldn’t be punished for making their voices heard.

What else is the left focusing on?

  • Bannon broke the law by defying the congressional subpoena.
  • Bannon used his arrest to advocate for his insurrectionist agenda.
  • Republicans in Congress had a chance to establish a non-partisan committee about January 6th.  

 

The narrative: Bannon helped plot a coup against the American government and people on January 6th, and should face the consequences. If Bannon is innocent, why doesn’t he want people to hear the truth? The only reason Republicans don’t want a thorough investigation into January 6th is because they know they’re guilty.  

 

How could a reasonable person come to think this?

  • Rioters on January 6th were trying to overturn an election they lost fair and square.
  • Those involved were not only violent, but also violated federal law by breaking into and damaging the Capitol building.

What else is the right focusing on?

  • Bannon knows that the Democrat-dominated January 6th committee only wants him there so they can score political points.
  • Bannon was placed in handcuffs even though he’s only facing a misdemeanor charge.

 

The narrative: Bannon is a great patriot who is being politically persecuted — his support for the protestors on January 6th is not a crime. Even a bi-partisan January 6th committee would have served the Democrat’s political agenda by prolonging and politicizing the conversation about an event which is months and months past.

 

How could a reasonable person come to think this?

  • Protesters on January 6th were expressing a legitimate concern about irregularities during the 2020 election.
  • The non-violent protesters shouldn’t be punished for making their voices heard.

We see Bannon’s arrest differently for two reasons:

  1. We have different views about what happened at the Capitol on January 6th.
  2. We have different views about the goals and importance of the January 6th congressional committee.

These are interconnected, as our understanding of what happened on January 6th affects our perception of the House’s investigation into the event, which subsequently affects how we view Bannon’s refusal to testify before the committee. 

 

Still confused about how the other side is seeing this? Check out our previous analyses on January 6th and the 2020 election.

 

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