FAIRHOPE, Ala. – Former White Home political strategist Stephen Bannon rallied for Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore by choosing one other battle with a determine from the so-referred to as “Republican institution” – 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“Decide Roy Moore has extra honor and integrity in that pinky finger than your complete household has in its entire DNA,” Bannon stated in his 30-minute speech at Oak Hole Farm. “You hid behind your faith. You went to France to be a missionary whereas guys have been dying in rice paddies in Vietnam. Don’t speak to me about honor and integrity,” he stated, referencing Romney’s Mormon religion.
Romney, one in every of many Republicans who referred to as on Moore to give up the race final month, had taken one other swing on the candidate after President Donald Trump formally endorsed him. Like all however a type of Republicans – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., – Romney criticized Moore with out urging voters to help his Democratic rival.
On Monday, Romney tweeted: Roy Moore within the US Senate can be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and different victims are brave heroes. No vote, no majority is value dropping our honor, our integrity.
Bannon’s assaults on Romney lit up the crowded room – an instance of simply how a lot the president has introduced the Republican base into his personal crusades and feuds. In 2012, in accordance with the nationwide exit ballot, Romney gained ninety eight % of Alabama’s Republican voters, and ninety % of self-recognized white born-once more Christians. However in the course of the 2016 primaries, Trump mocked Romney as a “choker” who had bungled a winnable election, an assault Bannon resurrected on Tuesday night time.
Bannon, who has urged a variety of rebel candidates to run Moore-like bids for Home and Senate subsequent yr, has additionally been making an attempt to dam Romney’s path to Washington. He has reportedly toyed with the thought of endorsing Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, for reelection, fearful that a Hatch retirement would permit Romney to stroll into the Senate in 2018, and turn into a conservative thorn in Trump’s aspect.