Former White House adviser and current chief of Breitbart News Steve Bannon campaigned against the Alabama Republican Senate candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump Monday, but said it’s for the president’s own good.
“We did not come here to defy Donald Trump, we came here to praise and honor him,” Bannon told the crowd during a rally for Judge Roy Moore, who is running against incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican primary.
Bannon sees the primary race as a fight between establishment Republicans, who, along with Trump, support Strange, and the wider populist movement that pushed Trump into the White House. Putting Moore in the Senate is the best way to help to Trump’s agenda, even though the president doesn’t realize it, according to Bannon.
“[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell and his permanent political class is the most corrupt, incompetent group of individuals in this country!” Bannon said.
“They think you’re a pack of morons. They think you’re nothing but rubes,” Bannon told the crowd. “They have no interest at all in what you have to say, what you have to think or what you want to do.”
“Tomorrow is going to who has sovereignty in the United States of America,” Bannon said.
Nigel Farage, the pro-Brexit British politician who also campaigned for Moore at the rally, said getting Moore into the Senate would ultimately help Trump.
Trump repeated his endorsement for “Big Luther” Strange in a tweet Tuesday morning as the polls open in Alabama.
Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement. Finish the job – vote today for “Big Luther.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
Moore holds a decent 11-point lead over Strange in Alabama, with 53 percent saying they would vote for Moore and only 41 supporting Strange, according to polls from Cygnal, an Alabama-based polling group, and data firm L2.
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