The voice of Stephen Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, has been all over the news in recent weeks and months. First, as a contrary voice during the campaign, then as a startlingly outside-the-beltway opinion in the White House.
Now he’s once again on the outside, and today is addressing the topic of the Muslim Brotherhood, violent extremist and what America needs to do to defend itself.
He’s part of a special event assembled by the Hudson Institute that also includes retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Protesters interrupted as Panetta spoke.
Watch as protesters disrupt event:
“This is a dangerous world and it demands very strong U.S. leadership,” said Panetta.
At that point, a woman in the audience began yelling.
“And it was your leadership and U.S. policies that actually created [unintelligible] … .”
“I don’t think that’s helpful,” said the moderator. “Let Secretary Panetta finish please.”
Panetta chuckled as the moderator nervously described the scene as “mayhem.”
“Oh my gosh!” she exclaimed.
A member of security could be seen running and then ushering one of the protesters away as other protestors joined in, screaming about “terrorists in the United States.”
“Welcome to a congressional hearing,” laughed Panetta.
The event is being livestreamed:
Coming from the Ronald Reagan building in Washington, D.C., it looks at the violence of the extremists of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose members were brought into the U.S. government during the Obama administration.
And what does it mean for America now.
The institute is an independent research group promoting global security, prosperity and freedom.
WND reported over the weekend about Bannon’s plans for a grass-roots political army based on “big bold ideas” – like bringing a halt to illegal immigration.
He was addressing California Republicans, and said, “That shows that we don’t need to raise hundreds and millions of dollars. The future of the state is in your hands and I mean that.”
The opposition, Bannon said, “has overplayed their hand. And they’ve given the Republicans and the conservatives the one weapon they need to destroy them.”
Watch video of Steve Bannon’s speech to California Republicans on Oct. 20, 2017:
Bannon said the coalition necessary for future victories includes “populists and nationalists and evangelical Christians and conservatives and establishment Republicans. We had to put our differences aside in order to win.”
“If you have the wisdom, the strength, the tenacity to hold that coalition together, we will govern for 50 to 75 years,” Bannon said. “And it’s not going to be easy.”
He said the key is not the politicians, it’s the organization that needs to be built.
“And let me say something about President Trump: I’ve had the great honor of being the CEO of the campaign and then being his chief strategist and senior counsel in the White House,” said Bannon. “And now, I’m proud to say, his wingman outside.”
Bannon said Republicans need to re-create the kind of political movement that was put together by Barack Obama and David Axelrod.
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