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Steve Bannon: Republican knives out for ex-Trump aide

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Mr Bannon introduced the Alabama Republican at one of his final campaign rallies

Republicans are lashing out at former White House strategist Steve Bannon after the party’s stunning election loss in Alabama.

New York congressman Pete King urged the party to “dump” Mr Bannon, saying: “His act is tired, inane and morally vacuous.”

The Breitbart News chief is blamed for egging on President Donald Trump to back Roy Moore, who lost on Tuesday.

Mr Bannon vowed in October to challenge “every Republican incumbent”.

He was a passionate supporter of Mr Moore, an ultra-conservative former judge who crashed to defeat in Republicans’ first loss in Alabama in 25 years.

But despite all the criticism, Mr Bannon is defiant.

An unnamed source close to him told Bloomberg: “This doesn’t stop Steve’s war against the establishment.

“All it does is pour gasoline on top of it.”

Representative King launched a highly personal attack on Mr Bannon on Wednesday morning.

The Republican congressman tweeted: “After Alabama disaster GOP [the Republican party] must do right thing and DUMP Steve Bannon.”

He added: “If we are to Make America Great Again for all Americans, Bannon must go! And go NOW!!”

Mr King later appeared on CNN to say the former Trump adviser “looks like some kind of dishevelled drunk that wandered onto the political stage”, even though Mr Bannon reportedly abstains from alcohol.

The congressman also attacked Mr Bannon’s “weird alt-right views”, which he said did not represent conservative values.

Mr Bannon has recently set his targets on Mr McConnell, whom he views as lukewarm on the president’s so-called America First strategy.

The editorial board of the National Review, a conservative magazine, called Mr Bannon a “cut-rate Svengali… who never met a disreputable political candidate he didn’t like”.

The former Trump strategist was widely credited with honing Mr Trump’s populist appeal in last year’s election campaign.

Mr Bannon left the White House in August to help Mr Trump’s administration as “a wingman outside” by returning to his role as head of right-wing Breitbart News, he said.

But in Alabama’s Republican primary election he backed ultraconservative former judge Roy Moore, finding himself at odds with his former boss.

Mr Trump had backed a mainstream Republican, Luther Strange, who lost.

Some in Washington began to see Mr Bannon as a potential “king-maker” for the party.

Mr Trump later endorsed Mr Moore during his contest against Democrat Doug Jones, who won by a razor thin margin on Tuesday night.

The Washington Post reported that Mr Trump made his decision after a long discussion with his former aide.

 

 

Ref: BBC News

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