Steve Bannon Calls for 'Army of the Awakened' to 'Shatter' Democrats

Right-wing strategist Steve Bannon called for "The Army of The Awakened" to mobilize to "shatter" Democrats in the November midterm election, touting the success of the conservative movement in overturning Roe v. Wade.

The Supreme Court's conservative majority ended nearly five decades of precedent by overturning the judicial body's landmark 1973 decision, which had established a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. Former President Donald Trump has been largely credited for the controversial ruling, as he appointed three of the justices—during his single White House term—who ultimately voted with the majority in the decision.

Bannon, who worked as the chief executive of Trump's 2016 campaign and as a White House strategist for the former president, touted the victory in a Saturday Gettr post by saying that the right should build on that momentum ahead of the midterms to defeat Democrats.

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Trump ally Steve Bannon called for "The Army of The Awakened" to "shatter" Democrats in the midterm election later this year on Saturday. Above, Bannon speaks to the media as a protester stands behind him on June 15 in Washington, D.C. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

"This is the key take-away for MAGA ...the pro-abortion movement is shattered and is now turning in on itself— because for 50 years they didn't have to work— the Courts and Regime Media covered for them— now The Abyss..," he wrote. "That's the Democratic Party in November— we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to shatter it into a million small pieces ....The Army of The Awakened."

Later on Saturday, he reiterated that conservatives should utilize the energy from overturning Roe.

"Now with the Roe momentum we must double-down on 'The Precinct Strategy' ... if we flood the zone with volunteers, if we flood the zone with Patriots we will win a massive victory @ every level....," Bannon wrote. "The Army of The Awakened."

The so-called "precinct strategy" aims to build an "army" of right-wing poll workers and attorneys to challenge voters in Democratic precincts. Politico previously reported that the Republican National Committee is working to train poll watchers who will work to contest votes, while also building a network of conservative lawyers to represent the party and its candidates. Bannon shared a link to a Vanity Fair article reporting on the GOP strategy.

He previously asserted that the goal is for at least a century of right-wing government control. "Yeah, 100 seats, we reign for 100 years. I gotta tell you, this is the key," he said during a December episode of his War Room podcast as he discussed the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election.

The right-wing Trump ally has also said that thousand of conservatives should be ready and waiting to take control of the government.

"This is Trumpism in power. That's when we went to the 4,000 shock troops we have to have that's going to man the government," Bannon said during another episode of his podcast in December, and called on Trump supporters to prepare.

"Get them ready now. Right? We're going to hit the beach with the landing teams and the beachhead teams and all that nomenclature they use when President Trump wins in 2024—or before," he said.

The former Trump administration official was indicted in August 2020 for allegedly defrauding donors to a crowdfunding campaign that purported to help build Trump's long-promised wall on the Mexican border. Trump later pardoned Bannon on January 20, 2021 just as he departed the White House.

The strategist was subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the pro-Trump January 6, 2021 attack against the U.S. Capitol, but he refused to comply. Last November, Bannon was indicted by the Justice Department for contempt of Congress. A federal judge earlier this month declined to dismiss the contempt charges, so the former Trump adviser is headed for trial in mid-July.

Newsweek reached out to the Democratic National Committee for comment.