“Him thinking he wasn’t going to get caught — and if he did, that he would be pardoned — may have factored a little bit into why he was involved.”
At the head of the We Build The Wall venture was 38-year-old veteran Brian Kolfage of Miramar Beach, Florida, who since losing both legs and an arm in a rocket attack in Iraq has become a conservative activist, motivational speaker and constant presence on social media, haranguing the left, praising Trump and provoking others.
“We need to elect stone-cold killers,” he posted on Twitter last month. “We will soon have a revolution in this country.”
Hours after his arrest Thursday, he took to Facebook, portraying the case as an underhanded attempt to kill Trump’s reelection chances.
“Democrats love a good political witch hunt before the elections,” he wrote.
Bannon picked up on that charge on his podcast, “War Room”, on Friday, hardly sounding like someone who only hours earlier was charged with fraud and money laundering, crimes that carry up to 20 years in prison.
“This was to stop and intimidate people that want to talk about the wall. This is to stop and intimidate people that have President Trump’s back on building the wall,” said Bannon, who has pleaded not guilty. “This is a political hit job.”
As for Kolfage, he called him “an American hero”.
A serial entrepreneur, Kolfage started a string of ventures and side businesses over the years.