Steve Bannon drove from DC federal court Wednesday to an Andrew Giuliani fundraiser at former President Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf course — praising him as the “next governor of New York, to save New York.”
Bannon said Giuliani was “born of the grit of two warriors” – referring to Trump and his dad, ex-NYC mayor and Trump attorney, Rudy Giuliani — according to a source.
A crowd of nearly 100 supporters gathered at the Trump National Bedminster Golf Club campaign soiree, co-hosted by Rudy and ex-NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, a source told The Post.
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But earlier that day, Judge Carl Nichols of the DC District Court slapped down Bannon’s motion to dismiss the criminal charges filed against him, after he refused to comply with subpoenas issued by the House Select Committee last fall tasked with investigating what happened during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection on the US Capitol. He’s now due in court on July 18.
Another source said Bannon left the courthouse directly for the Garden State, skipping his daily, hour-long afternoon radio show “War Room.”
“He said that we need Andrew Giuliani as the next governor of New York, to save New York,” Andrew Giuliani told The Post in a phone interview Thursday. “It was pretty awesome for Steve to do that and for someone who I’ve looked up to — to make that effort after being in federal court that morning.”
Sources said Bannon praised the GOP hopeful’s four years working in the Trump White House and noted Giuliani came off as “mature” during the June 13 Republican primary debate.
Bannon was fired as Trump’s chief strategist in 2017. But he quietly maintained communications with officials and even Trump himself, especially leading up to Jan. 6, which is why he’s now found himself in legal trouble.
Meanwhile, Trump himself also briefly showed up for the younger Giuliani, although it was unclear ahead of time whether he would make an appearance.
“I hear you’re doing very well in the polls,” Trump gushed to Andrew in front of a crowd.
Trump has refused to endorse a candidate ahead of the June 28 primary election – neither Giuliani nor the GOP frontrunner, Rep. Lee Zeldin.
Giuliani has a 50% favorability to 28% unfavorability rating among registered Republican voters – the highest among the four GOP primary candidates – according to a new poll out from Siena College Thursday morning.
That’s compared to candidates Lee Zeldin who received a 36% favorability to 14% unfavorability rating; Rob Astorino at 32% to 12% and Harry Wilson, boasting a 18% to 12% margin.
Giuliani — whose campaign is struggling to raise funds — estimated he raked in just over $150,000 in a last minute push ahead of the election.
Early voting starts on Saturday, June 18 and the primary election is Tuesday, June 28.