For Republicans supposedly obsessed with the threat of voter fraud, this ought to be a deal breaker. After all, Trump is the guy pushing the claim that the election is rigged: The Guardian has revealed that while Florida election law requires “voters to be legal resident of county they register in,” Bannon has until this week been registered to vote in a place he clearly did not live.
The Guardian found that, “Bannon previously rented another house for Clohesy in Miami from 2013 to 2015 and assigned his voter registration to the property during that period.” But guess what? He didn’t live there either. CBS has also looked at his vote registration:
“Records provided by the secretary of state’s office showed he had previously been registered in Miami-Dade County…The new address under which Bannon is registered is a property owned by Andrew and Melissa Badolato. Andrew Badolato has written for Breitbart…”
According to The Guardian, the reason Breitbart moved his voter registration address to the Badalato residence is that they had revealed he was registered to a vacant home.
Badalato lives in the single-family home with two adult sons. It is unlikely there is any room for Bannon. But let’s not kid ourselves.
Why does Bannon not live where he is registered to vote? Well…that’s an interesting story in itself. A bigger reason than an overcrowded house in Florida or his condo in LA might be that he likes to stay at the “Breitbart embassy,” as it’s called, “a luxurious $2.4m townhouse” in DC.
Staffers for Breitbart invent their news stories from the basement.
As The Guardian tells us, “A Bloomberg profile of Bannon published last October, with which he cooperated, stated that Bannon “occupies” the townhouse and described it as being “his”.
Only one problem with that.
The Guardian reveals that “according to records at the DC office of tax and revenue, the Breitbart house is actually owned by Mostafa El-Gindy, an Egyptian businessman and former member of parliament. Gindy has received favorable coverage from Breitbart News, which styles him as a ‘senior statesman’, without an accompanying disclosure that he is the website’s landlord.”
Oh, there is no conflict of interest there, nossir. Worse:
“Wilfully submitting false information on a Florida voter registration – or helping someone to do so – is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.”
Bannon, by the way, as Media Matters for America points out in a case of delicious irony, is “the executive chairman and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute.” It is not readily apparent from this that Bannon knows anything at all about accountability.
The mission of the Government Accountability Institute? All in caps, it is “TO INVESTIGATE AND EXPOSE CRONY CAPITALISM, MISUSE OF TAXPAYER MONIES, AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL CORRUPTION OR MALFEASANCE.”
Well, what Bannon doesn’t know about accountability he knows about corruption and crony capitalism. In a campaign already bursting at the seams with corruption, you have to wonder what nasty things they plan to invent about Hillary Clinton in order to distract the media from yet another genuine Trump scandal.
We have an Islamophobic candidate whose campaign CEO has a Muslim landlord, and actual evidence of voter fraud – from the guy running Trump’s campaign.
Remember, folks, Donald Trump has only the best people working for him. The best, like Trump himself, at ripping people off. The sad truth is that neither Trump nor anyone involved in his campaign (hello Katrina Pierson) has seen their moral compass in years.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.