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Even Steve Bannon isn’t buying Rudy Giuliani’s latest conspiracy
Twitter / @ peltzmadelineTrump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani launched a conspiracy theory on Friday about the deadly Capitol riot that was so insane that co-conspirator Steve Bannon had to step in and hit the brakes. Giuliani, currently facing a multi-billion dollar defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems that made unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud against the company, recently had a mission to distance former President Donald Trump (and himself) from the seditious riots that the President on January 6th. While Giuliani recently said he could not defend Trump in his impeachment trial against the Senate for witnessing – Giuliani notoriously called for a “trial by struggle” at the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 ahead of the MAGA uprising – , the former New York Mayor tried to present an alternate reality of what actually occurred that day. After initially claiming the uprising was 99 percent peaceful, Giuliani has since stuck to the Trumpist who spoke of the violence was actually instigated by Antifa and other left-wing groups, despite the FBI saying there was no evidence of involvement by Antifa. At least 21 of the arrested rioters now have direct links to right-wing extremist groups. Shannon, recently pardoned by Trump and directly involved in promoting the Stop the Steal rally, greeted Giuliani on his War Room podcast on Friday to discuss the ex-president’s impeachment defense. And while Bannon was as responsible as Giuliani for fighting the “big lie” that Trump’s election was “stolen” due to widespread election fraud, he did not buy everything Giuliani sold on Friday. Rudy Giuliani blames the uprising @ProjectLincoln pic.twitter.com/tj4tu4k1ux – Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) January 29, 2021 The Capitol uprising was spearheaded by Antifa and “even some right-wing groups who were enemies” by Trump, the Ex-Mayor, Planned claimed that the anti-Trump political action committee, The Lincoln Project, was involved in this supposed plan: “Wait a minute! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa – what do you say when you work for the Lincoln Project? Right groups like who? “Bannon quickly put in,” One of the people who organized this is known to have worked with the Lincoln Project in the past, “exclaimed a wide-eyed Giuliani. As the former American mayor continued down his rabbit hole, Bannon tried to stop Giuliani – only to get the Trump attorney to demand that he end his theory. “Go on,” replied a confused Bannon. Giuliani, meanwhile, was telling a story about how this one person was allegedly connected to the Lincoln Project and had “the same motivation as the Antifa people” to “blow this thing up”. He went on to say that many of the right-wing groups involved in the uprising “were not for Trump” and that the “biggest problems were caused by Antifa – where the shooting took place” (Giuliani seems to be linking John) to Sullivan, who said that Antifa was the person who recorded footage of Ashli Babbitt’s shooting and was later arrested for participating in the storming of the Capitol. While Sullivan has participated in Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the past, left-wing groups have long denounced him as an “agent” provocateur “who wants to use protest violence for fame.”) “So who’s the guy with the Lincoln Project cooperate? “Bannon finally circled back. “I don’t know if I can reveal his name,” muttered Giuliani. “Because we got it from anonymous sources. But he’s worked for in the past [Utah Sen. Mitt] Romney. “Bannon said in an oddly infrequent self-reflective moment that they” get blown up all the time “for throwing off speculative and inflammatory speculations of that kind.” One way or another, you can’t accuse you out there. Say, “Me have a double secret probation officer I can’t mention, but he worked for Romney and the Lincoln Project, “he scolded Giuliani. Of course, it’s not as if Bannon suddenly saw the light of his dangerously conspiratorial ways. Elsewhere in the discussion, he said Trump’s impeachment defenses should focus on election fraud to fix November 3rd, as the “hard facts” show that “this thing was stolen.” The Lincoln Project seemed to accept the baseless accusations they snored and snorted on Twitter that Giuliani had moved from calling for “trial through struggle” to guilty of the insurrection within weeks. January 6: Let’s do a trial through struggle! January 29th: It was the Lincoln Project’s fault. pic.twitter.com/S2fWZ3P9vD – The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 29, 2021 Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.