Exclusive: Steve Bannon’s new film, “Trump @ War”

Exclusive: Steve Bannon’s new film, “Trump @ War”

Axios

Why it matters: The film is part of a drive by Bannon to galvanize Republicans to embrace the midterms as Trump’s “first re-elect.”

  • The film is designed to portray Trump supporters as being under siege — complete with clips of CNN’s Don Lemon, and footage of a “Make America Great Again” hat being burned.
  • Bannon shared the trailer as he announced a new political group aimed at turning out Republicans this fall, Citizens of the American Republic (COAR).

Bannon, describing the film, told me: “How jacked do we think Trump will be when he sees this?”

  • Bannon added: “If you’re a deplorable, you’ll literally standing on your chair with your pitchfork saying: ‘I’ve got to get people out to vote.'”
  • Bannon said the film — from his longtime production company, Victory Films — will last about 75 minutes, and will include interviews with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski; Dr. Seb Gorka, an alumnus of Trump’s White House; and about 18 others.

The release date, Sept. 9, is the second anniversary of Hillary Clinton’s statement, seized on by the Trump campaign, that “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.”

  • Bannon — President Trump’s former campaign chief executive, and White House chief strategist — said the premiere will be the culmination of an all-day “Deplorables Conference” in New York featuring pro-Trump speeches.

A read between the frames:

  • Everything is a war to Steve. Bannon’s caricatured framing of the election — as one pitting hooded Antifa members and Dems screaming about impeachment and burning MAGA hats, against the hero Donald Trump — will almost certainly appeal to Donald Trump.

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