Former Chief Advisor to the President, Steve Bannon, has taken aim at the GOP now that he no longer has to keep to “the party line.” At a rally for Judge Roy Moore, Bannon used the opportunity to not only stump for the candidate, but to reaffirm his commitment to the Make America Great Again platform and to President Trump.
But the speeches given by both Bannon and BREXIT frontman Nigel Farage were more than just political support speeches; they were excoriations of an elite political class that is out of touch with the real America and who only represent their own agendas. They targeted the leaders of the Republican Party with fiery rhetoric, yet still made a point to the audience that President Donald Trump was the man to lead them. Bannon said: “We did not come here to defy Donald Trump; we came here to praise and to honor him.”
Many see this an important part of the speech because while Bannon is supporting Roy Moore in the Senate race. President Trump has come out in favor of Luther Strange, stating that he is good on crime and immigration: “Big election tomorrow in the Great State of Alabama. Vote for Senator Luther Strange, tough on crime & border – will never let you down!”
Bannon ripped into the GOP saying:
“They think you’re fools – they have no interest in what you think,” he said to the excited crowd. “Tomorrow, you have a chance to show what you think of the elite who are running our country.”
As reported in the Guardian, he talked about the Washington clique, with particular ire directed at Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.: “They think you’re a pack of morons, they think you’re nothing but rubes.” The former White House aide went on to slam several Republican consultants in Washington by name as he assailed “economic hate crimes done on the working class of this country”.
Steve Bannon talked about the corruption and the hypocrisy infecting Washington D.C, and about how the “cartel” of senior GOP figures view themselves as “above the fray.” He said: “Mitch McConnell and his permanent political class is the most corrupt, incompetent group of individuals in this country!”
This was a rousing speech from Bannon, and one that re-echoes his commitment to the Make America Great Again platform responsible for getting President Trump elected. But it wasn’t just about one Senate race in Alabama. The presence of Nigel Farage shows that this is a major international movement that aims to bring power back to those who are accountable.