Former White House Chief Strategist Steven Bannon is waging war on the GOP from outside the White House walls. He may not be part of Trump’s administration anymore, but he is still on the Trump Train.
On Monday, Trump said that he understand how Bannon feels. He said, “There are some Republicans, frankly, that should ashamed of themselves,” he added “So I can understand fully how Steve Bannon feels.”
In his fight against the Republican establishment, Bannon has publicly promised that he will “back primary challenges against any Senate Republican who opposes Trump.
The president stopped short of explicitly endorsing that effort, but made it clear it is GOP lawmakers — and not him — who should receive the blame for their stalled agenda.
Bannon’s push has excited many Trump supporters frustrated with the slow pace of the president’s legislative agenda, such as measures repealing ObamaCare and overhauling the tax code.But it has angered members of the GOP establishment, who fear it could further derail their agenda in Congress and hurt the party in next year’s midterms.
Bannon touted his push over the weekend at a Christian conservative summit. He spoke two days before Trump’s Monday meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The top GOP senator has long been a target of conservative activists, as well as Trump, and Bannon has once again put a target on his back.
Perhaps if McConnell stopped dragging his feet and acted like a real leader, when we would finally get some legislation passed!
Bannon also called McConnell out at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday. “Yeah, Mitch, the donors are not happy,” he said, “They’ve all left ya. We’ve cut your oxygen off, Mitch, OK?”
Bannon is not the only one unhappy with McConnell though, as 5 major Republicans have already called for his resignation.
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