Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is making good on his promise to fight the swamp and all those opposed to President Donald Trump from outside the White House walls.
His current mission is to knock the GOP incumbents off their pedestals in next year’s primaries. After all, it is not likely that Trump will have their backs. He is there to drain the swamp, not advocate their reelection.
The Hill reports:
GOP leaders are urging their colleagues to put laser-like focus on their home states and constituents so even if Trump abandons or criticizes them ahead of the midterm elections, they’ll still be in a position to win.
Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn said, “My experience is you can’t depend on anybody else other than yourself as a candidate to work hard and win an election. If somebody else decides to help you, that’s gravy, but I wouldn’t depend on it.”
Bannon told the GOP that he will be backing the primary challengers against several of the Senate Republican incumbents.
For example, he already backed Roy Moore in Alabama for the U.S. Senate when Moore went up against the GOP puppet, Luther Strange. Moore won the primaries and now faces Democratic candidate Doug Jones.
[Bannon] was scheduled to travel to Arizona Tuesday to attend the campaign kick-off rally for former state legislator Kelli Ward, who is challenging Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) next year.
Senate Republicans are publicly and privately calling on Bannon to step back.
“I think he’s going to back off on that. He certainly should,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), one of the Republicans Bannon hopes to knock off next year.
“He’s a smart guy, and he’s going to realize that’s unfruitful. Where he ought to be spending his time is going after those who are screwing up the country all these years, and they don’t happen to be Republicans,” the 83-year-old senator added.
Of course Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came forward to vow to back the incumbents. Like we didn’t see that move from a mile away. He is likely still angry that Strange lost in Alabama.
McConnell said, “Our strategy going forward is to protect our incumbents and to help people get nominated who can actually win elections.”
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