POLITICO: Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, is starting a daily radio show and podcast about impeachment that will provide a platform for conservatives to share news and strategize.
The hourlong show, which starts Wednesday and is called “ War Room: Impeachment,” will air daily at 9 a.m. on six conservative talk radio stations in Virginia and Florida. Bannon said he’s in talks with radio stations in other cities, including New York, and he also hopes to have a webcast of the show.
Bannon told POLITICO that the audience would be political operatives in Washington, as well as conservative grassroots activists across the country.
The show will be about the impeachment process, specifically the witnesses and the evidence, and “is going to get very granular,” Bannon said, adding he will aim to break news and make the show an outlet for people to leak information related impeachment.
He said he plans to interview legal experts from the conservative Federalist Society, former U.S. attorneys, journalists and lawmakers, and even Democrats. The Washington Post first reported Tuesday morning that Bannon had been thinking about starting an impeachment-related podcast.
Bannon said that he is pessimistic about how the White House and Republicans are handling impeachment and that he admires Democrats for having a “well-oiled Democratic media machine” to help drive the impeachment narrative.
“This is one of the reasons that the math is getting away from the White House,” he said. “It doesn’t take an astrophysicist to see that among independents and even Republicans, you’re starting to see a move against the president on this impeachment issue. It’s not being taken seriously.”
He said there has been little communication between the White House and Capitol Hill Republicans and “people are moving very slowly.”
“This is a mortal threat to Trump’s presidency,” Bannon said, adding that even if the Republican-controlled Senate clears Trump in a trial, an acquittal might come with conditions that could undermine the president’s agenda.
“People should not assume anything here,” he said. “‘Nobody knows nothing,’ as they used to say in the movie business, and that is very true here.”
Bannon, who hosted a show on SiriusXM when he headed up the far-right Breitbart website, said just like other radio shows and podcasts, his will have sponsors — and there will be existing advertisers on the radio stations that will air it. Jason Miller, a former Trump campaign communications director, and Raheem Kassam, a former Breitbart London bureau chief, will be guest hosts of the show.
Bannon, who left the White House in August 2017, was severely criticized by Trump after he made critical comments about the president and members of his family. He has worked to get back in Trump’s good graces but is still distrusted by many in the White House.
“I couldn’t be more excited to do this and offer a platform to at least get the president’s viewpoints, although we will be very even-handed,” he said.