Former Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Surrenders for Contempt of Congress Conviction, Calls Himself a ‘Proud Martyr’

Former Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Surrenders for Contempt of Congress Conviction, Calls Himself a 'Proud Martyr'
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On July 1, 2024, for­mer Trump advis­er Steve Ban­non report­ed to a fed­er­al prison in Dan­bury, Con­necti­cut to serve his sen­tence for a con­tempt of Con­gress con­vic­tion. Ban­non held a press con­fer­ence before turn­ing him­self in, say­ing he was “proud to go to prison” as a “mar­tyr” for the MAGA movement.

Ban­non, 70, was con­vict­ed of con­tempt of Con­gress for refus­ing to com­ply with a sub­poe­na from the House com­mit­tee inves­ti­gat­ing the Jan­u­ary 6th attack on the U.S. Capi­tol. Despite los­ing his appeals, Ban­non struck a defi­ant tone, vow­ing to stand up to “tyran­ny” from Attor­ney Gen­er­al Mer­rick Gar­land, for­mer House Speak­er Nan­cy Pelosi, and Pres­i­dent Joe Biden.

Accom­pa­nied by far-right Con­gress­woman Mar­jorie Tay­lor Greene and 2024 Min­neso­ta Sen­ate can­di­date Royce White, Ban­non told his sup­port­ers, “If this is what it takes to stand up to tyran­ny; if this is what it takes to stand up to the Gar­land cor­rupt crim­i­nal DOJ; if this is what it takes to stand up to Nan­cy Pelosi; if this is what it takes to stand up to Joe Biden — I’m proud to do it.”

A Catholic priest from a near­by retreat house also made an appear­ance to pledge his prayers for Ban­non. This marks the lat­est chap­ter in the for­mer Trump advis­er’s legal trou­bles, as he con­tin­ues to posi­tion him­self as a mar­tyr for the MAGA move­ment despite his conviction.

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