- Steve Bannon reprimanded former Vice President Mike Pence for calling for an end to the attacks on the FBI.
- Bannon, a former White House chief strategist, called Pence a “disgusting coward” for the comments.
- Bannon’s insults show how far Trumpworld is willing to go in attacking its former closest allies.
Trump ally and adviser Steve Bannon on Wednesday brushed off former Vice President Mike Pence for reprimanding GOP politicians who called for the FBI to pay back, in another example of the growing rift between Trumpworld and Republican lawmakers who refuse participate in the rhetoric.
“Pence, you are a disgusting coward. The very sight of you annoys me,” Bannon said during his show “War Room” on the right-wing network Real America’s Voice.
In a lengthy diatribe criticizing Pence’s productivity in the Trump administration, Bannon slammed the former vice president with a series of insults, including calling him a “brainless, cowardly simp.”
At an event in New Hampshire earlier that day, Pence said, “These attacks on the FBI must stop. Calls to downgrade the FBI are just as wrong as calls to downgrade the police.”
While he didn’t name Republicans, some of Trump’s most vocal supporters on the mound — such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona and Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado – pleaded for defund, investigate and “destroy” the FBI.
Their calls were prompted by Monday’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Shortly after the search, the FBI warned of an increasing number of threats against its agents and headquarters.
Pence also condemned the threats against the FBI, saying the Republican party is “the party of law and order.”
In response, Bannon argued that the FBI raid represented the actions of a “police state,” which he said justified why some Republicans called for its dismantling.
“There is no comparison with the defunding of the police,” he claimed. “We have never called for the police to be relieved. We are asking for the police state to be relieved.”
While Bannon has a history of making controversial comments and wild claims with no basis, his latest comments about Pence are another example of a high-profile Trump loyalist lashing out at even former close allies whose views differ from Trump’s.
Bannon has also argued with Trump before. He was one of the most influential people in the Trump White House until he was fired in August 2017.
In 2020, however, Trump pardoned Bannon, who was charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The two have since continued to make positive comments about each other.
In July, Bannon was found guilty of two counts of contempt for Congress after repeatedly refusing to listen to the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol bombing. He will be sentenced in October but has vowed to appeal the conviction.