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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke August 19, 2022

No, Steve Bannon didn’t say Trump is going to jail

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  • We found no evidence that Bannon said this. He doesn’t say it in the video in the post. 

The recent search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate by federal agents has drawn the intense ire of some supporters, including his onetime adviser, Steve Bannon, who compared the FBI to the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police. 

But he hasn’t conceded defeat, as a recent Facebook post suggests. 

"‘Trump is going to jail’ Bannon cries like kid after FBI search of Mar-a-Lago a description of a video shared on the social media platform says. 

This post flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

Anyone who watched the video awaiting Bannon’s breakdown, or even just the words "Trump is going to jail," did so in vain. He makes no such remarks, much less cries. 

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"Why are they rifling through his desk?" Bannon says in the video recording of his podcast, "Bannon’s War Room." "Why? Because they want to indict him. Because they understand that he’s the leader of the most powerful political movement in modern American history — I actually think in all of American history." 

Searching more broadly online, and in the Nexis archive of news stories, we found nothing to corroborate the statement attributed to Bannon in the post. Rather, Bannon recently said Republicans will "incarcerate" the officials behind the FBI search. 

"Starting in January, we’re going to investigate, we’re going to litigate and, wait for it, we’re going to incarcerate," he said. 

This claim that Bannon cried and said Trump is going to jail is unsupported by fact. We rate it False.


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