Steve Bannon warns beware of the ‘man-machine merger’ to prop up ‘cyborg’ John Fetterman

Former chief strategist of the Trump administration Steve Bannon joined the hosts of “Diamond and Silk Chat Live” on Monday where the topic of discussion was John Fetterman and his bid to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate.

Bannon suggested that Fetterman uses a machine when he speaks that aids him in making sense of words. However, if that is indeed true, the machine appears to not be doing a very good job.

Fetterman suffered a stroke in May and as a result, he struggles to process verbal input and likewise has difficulty forming coherent words when he speaks. Still, that hasn’t stopped the Democratic Party from propping him up as their very best candidate heading into next week’s midterms. In fact, the spin is such that criticizing his radical policies is verboten and ableist.

Hero worship is strong in the leftist media, with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell recently going so far as to liken the hulking Fetterman to 20th-century icons Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

But Fetterman’s struggles to process and articulate information are real, and it was an exercise in teeth-pulling to get his campaign to agree to just one debate with his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz. In order to appease the Fetterman camp, the candidate was allowed to use a closed-caption system of sorts so he could see what the debate moderators were saying as well as Oz’s responses.

“What you see in Fetterman and why Fetterman is so dangerous and Fetterman as a concept, is dangerous, is here, he had a stroke,” Bannon began. “Now, could he take care of himself better or — let’s just leave that aside. He can’t help the fact that he had a stroke.”

“But what we know, and the doctor said last night, on CNN, he had a major stroke. In fact, Fetterman’s admitted that he won’t release his medical records,” he said.

“But what you saw the other night, as we’ve been tracking very closely, in fact our transhumanist editor, Joe Allen is actually in Pennsylvania — is that he has a machine in front of him. It’s not a closed caption like you would watch TV and want it to be quiet while you were working on something else and have the closed caption,” he said.

“No. This is a machine that actually helps his brain think through. Without the machine, he can’t understand human conversations. He can’t engage with people. So we actually had — and we call it a cyborg, you actually had man-machine merger on that stage the other night,” he added.

After the one and only debate, which took place well after early voting was open in Pennsylvania, the Fetterman campaign blamed his many unintelligible responses during the night on faulty closed captioning.

Communications director Joe Calvello released a statement defending Fetterman’s performance.

“We are thrilled with John’s performance. He did remarkably well tonight–especially when you consider that he’s still recovering from a stroke and was working off of delayed captions filled with errors. John won countless exchanges, counter-punched aggressively, and pushed back on Oz’s cruelty and attacks.”

That claim, however, was swiftly rejected by Nexstar Media Group, Inc, the company that produced the televised debate.

“Both candidates agreed to the technical set-up for the closed captioning process weeks ago, which was implemented at the request of the Fetterman campaign,” chief communications officer Gary Weitman explained. “Both candidates were offered the opportunity for two full rehearsals with the same equipment used in tonight’s debate; Mr. Fetterman chose to do only one.”

“In fact,” Weitman continued, “Nexstar’s production team went to extraordinary lengths to ensure the effectiveness of the closed captioning process, and to accommodate several last-minute requests of the Fetterman campaign. The closed captioning process functioned as expected during rehearsal and again during tonight’s debate. We regret that Mr. Fetterman and his campaign feel otherwise.”

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