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Steve Bannon may have left his job in the Trump White House but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped supporting the Trump message that got him the job in the first place. If anything, Bannon is now more supportive of Trump’s agenda than President Trump is! How do we know? Look at who they support for office.

President Trump just endorsed the establishment candidate in Alabama. While Luther Strange (R-AL) is no doubt a fine man, he’s a favorite of the McConnell wing of the party, and that wing of legislators has opposed many of Trump’s most important policy proposals. (On border security, and illegal immigration.)

Meanwhile, Bannon endorsed Judge Roy Moore, a noticeably more conservative candidate who is cut from a similar philosophical mold as President Trump. Even as Trump endorsed Strange, Moore could be heard promising anyone who would listen that he would be giving the President 100% support once he got to D.C.

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Who won the battle in Alabama? Bannon’s team did.

Now Bannon is planning to carry that same message across the rest of the country in an effort to unseat establishment Republicans and replace them with conservative or populist candidates. On Monday night’s episode of Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Bannon first called Tennessee Senator Corker an “absolute disgrace” before promising the establishment GOP that “we’re going to go after them.”

That’s why I left the White House. Remember, I said I’m going after the Republican establishment. And we’re going to go after them. We’re going to go after them and challenge them…

There’s a coalition coming together. It’s going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz. Whether it’s Utah, Wyoming, whether it’s in Oregon…

Orrin Hatch in Utah. Today, Boyd Matheson, who is the chief of staff for Mike Lee came out and said he’s going to set up and an exploratory committee…

We’re going in Mississippi against Wicker… McDaniel in Mississippi…

Moran [in Kansas]. Hatch in Utah… In North Dakota. In Mississippi…

We are declaring war on the Republican establishment that does not back the agenda that Donald Trump ran on and the president of the United States, and that’s the agenda we know that backs the working men and women…

Karl Rove, Steven Law, these guys should get the joke. Their donors are coming to us because they are tired of having their money burned up by trying to destroy people like Judge Moore. It’s a new game in town. We are to cut off the oxygen to Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell’s biggest asset is the money. We’re going to make it the biggest liability. We’re going after these guys tooth and nail.

Hannity wondered “why?” Why are Bannon and his allies targeting moderate Republicans with this effort now?

To take your country back it’s not just going to happen in any one election.

This is something you have to grind out day in and day out for the next 5-10-15-20 years. It took us a long time to get here. There’s no magic wand we can wave and drain the swamp, there’s no magic wand we can wave and blow up this establishment.

I hate to tell people, you’re going to have to work but the grit, determination, and courage of the American working men and women, we’re going to win. 

Watch the interview below and see more of the transcript at RCP:

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