“War Room: Pandemic” podcaster Steve Bannon lashed out at former Vice President Mike Pence after the latter leveled criticism at former President Donald Trump over the 2020 election.
Bannon, an early top political adviser to Trump, blasted Pence after a speech the former VP gave on Thursday regarding the counting of electoral votes from states that questionably changed voting procedures before the election.
“Our Founders were deeply suspicious of consolidated power in the nation’s capital and were rightly concerned with foreign interference if presidential elections were decided in the capital,” he said in a speech to The Federalist Society.
“But there are those in our party who believe that as the presiding officer over the joint session of Congress, I possessed unilateral authority to reject electoral college votes. And I heard this week, President Trump said I had the right to ‘overturn the election’. President Trump is wrong…I had no right to overturn the election,” Pence insisted.
"President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election," said a defiant .
“The presidency belongs to the American people, and the American people alone. And frankly, there’s no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president,” he said.
“Under the Constitution, I had no right to change the outcome of our election. And Kamala Harris will have no right to overturn the election when we beat them in 2024,” he said.
Those remarks set Bannon off.
“Wow,” he said on his Friday podcast. “That’s not what President Trump said. What President Trump said is you had the full right to revert back to the states.”
“Pence, you’re going to carry this thing, eventually, to your grave, Okay? Because it is a mark of shame, and you are a stone-cold coward,” Bannon continued.
“My head’s blowing up,” he added, in reference to Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short while seeming to take a swipe at longtime conservative backers, the Koch family.
“I can’t take Pence and Marc Short and all these Koch guys ratting out President Trump up on Capitol Hill right now,” he said.