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- Republicans are slamming the former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon for backing the US Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama.
- Bannon and his media outlet, Breitbart News, were some of the most vocal Moore supporters during the Alabama special election.
- Moore lost to his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, on Tuesday.
Many Republicans slammed the political strategist Steve Bannon for throwing his weight behind the former judge Roy Moore, who lost in Tuesday’s special election in a massive upset that delivered Alabama’s first Democratic-controlled Senate seat in decades.
Doug Jones, a Democrat, clinched the US Senate seat in Alabama vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Bannon, the former top adviser to President Donald Trump, threw his full weight behind Moore in a contested GOP primary. He stayed loyal to him even as numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and assault emerged over the past month.
Top allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Bannon, the head of the far-right website Breitbart News who pledged to run opponents against McConnell-backed candidates whom Bannon deemed not sufficiently conservative.
“This is a brutal reminder that candidate quality matters regardless of where you are running,” Steven Law, the president of the McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund PAC, said in a statement. “Not only did Steve Bannon cost us a critical Senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the country, but he also dragged the President of the United States into this fiasco.”
Before we get the results, I'd just like to thank Steve Bannon for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the union and Governor Ivey for the opportunity to make this national embarrassment a reality
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) December 13, 2017
Some prominent “Never Trump” Republicans also reamed into Bannon.
Steve Bannon is a cancer.
Good people in Alabama were the first dose of chemo.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) December 13, 2017
The Coalition of the Decent has spoken again. This is a proud night for Alabama and should send a clear message to GOP leadership: Continue to appease the populist, nationalist movement of Bannon and Trump at your peril.
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) December 13, 2017
Some conservative media figures like the Drudge Report also critiqued Bannon after Moore’s loss.
Drudge slams Bannon in the banner pic.twitter.com/uxTKdBVjbe
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) December 13, 2017
Meghan McCain, the conservative host of “The View” who is a daughter of Sen. John McCain, tweeted simply: “Suck it Bannon.”
Other top Republicans and Trump allies also blamed Bannon on background to reporters.
A top Republican in close touch to the White House says: “This should be a wakeup call" — of President Trump following Bannon's lead in Alabama. Silence now at the White House.
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) December 13, 2017
Source close to WH: "It's devastating for the president… this is an earthquake… Virginia but on steroids… the president has egg on his face" because of Bannon.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) December 13, 2017