Former top Trump adviser Steve Bannon speculated during his popular “War Room: Pandemic” podcast on Tuesday that President Joe Biden has yet to even schedule a State of the Union address because he’s not mentally and physically able to deliver one.
“Joe Biden hasn’t given a State of the Union because Joe Biden can’t stand up there and give a State of the Union. That’s what it’s all about. Also he won’t draw an audience but he can’t stand up there and do it,” Bannon said.
“That’s why we’re delayed I think the first time since 1981, isn’t that right…that we delayed the State of the Union? Because [intelligence community] chatter. Because domestic terrorists, uh, that would be you, audience, are trying to blow up the Capitol when he gives the State of the Union. That is nonsense,” Bannon said.
He went on to chastise “Occupied Washington” — a reference to the continued presence of armed National Guard troops, fencing, and razor wire encompassing the Capitol Complex.
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Bannon’s guest, Raheem Kassam, the former editor-in-chief of Breitbart London, cited Tuesday testimony by FBI Director Christopher Wray, who told the Senate Judiciary Committee that that 55 of 56 FBI field offices “have open investigations” into domestic terrorism, with 85 people having been charged so far.
Kassam noted further that Wray told senators white supremacist-linked terrorism in the U.S. was on par with the Islamic State (ISIS) caliphate, which he and Bannon both dismissed as ludicrous, before returning to the subject of Biden’s State of the Union Address.
“The very idea that the president of the United States can’t give a State of the Union Address because he is afraid of some Americans is what they’re saying? He’s afraid — there’s some IC chatter,” Kassam said.
The former Breitbart London chief further suggested that many Americans have been conditioned by entertainment, the media, and some political leaders to believe that domestic terrorists could penetrate the Capitol Building and actually destroy it while Biden gave his address.
“It’s nonsense, it’s Hollywood, it’s fantastical,” Kassam said.
“There’s no conspiracy, but there are no coincidences,” Bannon responded. “He’s not giving a State of the Union because he can’t stand up there and give a State of the Union. They’re panicked…that he would fade out in the middle of it.”
Bannon further speculated that Biden isn’t doing press conferences for the same reason.
In January, Biden said he would appear before a joint session of Congress to lay out his “Build Back Better” vision which was to include the second phase of a COVID recovery plan.
“Next month, in my first appearance before a joint session of Congress, I will lay out my ‘Build Back Better’ recovery plan,” Biden said during a prime time address. “It will make historic investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, innovation, and research and development in clean energy.”
However, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a news conference Feb. 16 in response to a question about Biden’s timeline that there was never a plan for him to address Congress.
“We don’t know where the Feb. 23 date came from. It’s a great mystery,” she said.
“I’ve not Nancy Drewed that one out today, but it was never planned to be in February, and we don’t have a date for a joint session at this point,” she said, referencing a popular children’s book character who solves mysteries.
Some media reported the Feb. 23 date, but Psaki further clarified after being pressed again.
“Feb. 23 was just an inaccurate date, no one’s fault, it just was, and it created some confusion,” she explained. “So, I was just trying to clarify it.”
She then went on to suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for the delay.
“Obviously, the president looks forward to speaking to a joint session. We just don’t have a date yet for when that will be, and obviously, it will look different because of COVID and because we want to be safe and project that safety,” she said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi later said there would be no joint congressional address until a new COVID relief measure was passed.
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