Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report

Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report
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Former White House chief strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next Juan Williams: Obama's dire warnings about right-wing media Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight MORE on Wednesday announced the upcoming launch of his new pro-Trump documentary and political group ahead of November's midterm elections.

Bannon told Politico that he plans to release the documentary "Trump@War" in September, commemorating two years since former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton offers congratulations over Elliot Page announcement Biden brushes off criticism of budget nominee Mellman: Mired in Partisanship MORE referred to Trump supporters as "deplorables." 

The documentary reportedly frames the president as a hero and his detractors as villains, beginning with a scene that depicts liberal protesters violently attacking Trump supporters, according to Politico.



"Trump@War" is part one of Bannon's multi-pronged approach to helping the GOP sweep the November elections, he told the outlet. Bannon, who said he sees the midterms as a "referendum on Trump" and, by extension, "an up-or-down vote on the president’s impeachment" intends to boost Trump's agenda using his new political group, Citizens of the American Republic. 

Bannon in interviews with The New York Times and Politico said the midterm elections are a struggle over Trump's impeachment. 

"This other side, they’re very motivated — and they’re motivated for one thing: They want to impeach Donald Trump,” Bannon told Politico.

"More than any other midterm, this is a referendum on [Trump's] style and on his content, and you cannot run from that," Bannon said in an interview with the Times. "You have to embrace it."

Bannon told both outlets that the group plans to stave off Democratic control of the House with a media blitz of pro-Trump messaging on cable television, editorial pages of local newspapers and right-wing radio shows. He also said the group will advise Trump surrogates and help them hone talking points ahead of the general elections.

Citizens of the American Republic also includes former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg, former Trump campaign strategist Michael Caputo and pollsters John McLaughlin and Pat Caddell, with whom Bannon has a close relationship. 

“Donald Trump is the threshold issue of this midterm whether the Republican consultant class likes it or not,” Nunberg told the Times. “Unlike the Democrats in 2014, who mistakenly ran away from President Obama, we need to embrace President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE and set the terms. Jobs, economy, national security and impeachment. 2018 is about saving the Trump presidency. That is a winning message.”

Bannon declined to offer specifics about the group's funding, but told Politico he has never had a "problem finding money."

Though Bannon and Trump reportedly are no longer speaking, Bannon has sought to align himself closely with the president over the past several months.