Donald Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence, claimed last week that embattled top Trump adviser Steve Bannon served as a captain in the US Navy, and he was not.
Bannon, you may recall, is the former executive chairman of Breitbart, a far-right Web site that caters to the white supremacist Alt Right. Bannon bragged this summer that Breitbart is “the platform for the Alt Right.” The Alt Right is a hipster white supremacist movement that hates people of color and Jews.
Back to Pence’s lies. Contrary to Pence’s claim that Bannon served as a “captain,” in fact, Steve Bannon served in the US Navy as a lieutenant, three ranks below Captain.
But that’s not what Trump’s VP Mike Pence told PBS’ NewsHour the other day. See the 13:46 mark in the video below:
“But we value Steve Bannon’s input. Here’s an individual serving in uniform, a captain in the United States Navy, a partner at Goldman Sachs, successful businessperson who brings a strong perspective into discussions.”
Yeah, not so much. We already know that Bannon was just a lieutenant, not a captain. From Navy Times:
Bannon attended Officer Candidate School in Newport R.I., and was commissioned in the summer of 1977…. Bannon left the Navy as a lieutenant on Oct. 30, 1983.
Here’s the video of Pence making the false claim, again forward to the 13:46 mark in the video:
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly transcribed the video of Pence speaking about Bannon. The story has been updated accordingly, we regret the error.
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