Steve Bannon’s Twitter account has been permanently banned from Twitter for suggesting that Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded for not being pro-Trump enough to serve in his administration, according to the Daily Mail.
The former White House chief strategist’s comments were reportedly made during a livestream of his online show called War Room: Pandemic.
At the start of the segment, Bannon said that the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the FBI chief should be fired if Trump is re-elected. “The second term kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci,” Bannon said.
Bannon then went a bit further, saying: “I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England. I’d put the heads on pikes. I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats.”
“You either get with the program or you are gone,” Bannon added.
The video was shared on his Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts. Twitter said that it suspended the podcast account for violating “our policy on the glorification of violence,” according to the Daily Mail.
The video was reportedly on Facebook for about 10 hours on Thursday and reeled in more than 200,000 views before the social media giant removed it. Facebook said that the content violated its violence and incitement policies.
YouTube also took action by removing the video—suggesting that the content was in direct violation of its policy against “inciting violence.”
According to YouTube, the account also received a strike. YouTube noted that the company has a three-strike policy before an account is terminated.
Mailchimp also confirmed that it identified Bannon’s account and “closed it for violation of our Terms.”
Since Fauci was given the task of leading the coronavirus task force earlier this year, he has clashed with President Donald Trump on a number of issues.
Most recently, Trump called Fauci “a disaster” and claimed that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about COVID-19.
“People are tired of COVID,” Trump said last month. “I have the biggest rallies I’ve ever had. And we have Covid. People are saying: ‘Whatever. Just leave us alone.’ They’re tired of it,” he said.
“People are tired of hearing Fauci and these idiots, all these idiots who got it wrong,” the president added.
There have also been talks of Wray getting the boot should Trump be re-elected as well. Wray is among several top U.S. officials who are said to be on Trump’s chopping block if he is to serve another 4-year term as America’s president.
Firing Wray—who has been in charge of the FBI since 2017—will allegedly be Trump’s first course of action, followed by the ousting of CIA Director Gina Haspel.
The Daily Mail reported:
Trump reportedly would have fired them both already, one source said, had it not been for the November 3 election.
The president’s ire was apparently struck with Wray after he failed to launch a formal investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and his business dealings in Ukraine.
Trump was also said to be left furious at his second FBI chief for failing to purge more officials that he believes abused their power to investigate his 2016 election campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
Additionally, Trump was reportedly aggrieved by a testimony Wray offered to the Senate Homeland Security Committee last month—where he stated that the FBI has not seen widespread election fraud, including with mail-in ballots. This suggestion ran contrary to Trump’s position.