Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon may have left his post earlier this month, but he is not riding off quietly into the sunset. Immediately reassuming his post as head of Breitbart News, Bannon is unafraid to question his former boss or even contradict his decisions. This divide is on full display with Bannon’s support of Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate run-off election in Alabama against Trump’s pick, Luther Strange.
“During a closed-door meeting with powerful conservatives in Washington last week, Bannon declared that he’s supporting former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore over Trump-endorsed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, according to two people who were present,” reporter Alex Isenstadt said in a Politico report.
Bannon is attempting to rally the conservative base behind Moore despite of Trump’s support of Strange. Strange is the incumbent who never won an election to his post. After Jeff Sessions departed the Senate to become Trump’s Attorney General, Strange was appointed by disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley. Strange is a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is pumping out-of-state PAC money into Strange’s campaign to prop it up amidst a laundry list of scandals.
Following Bannon’s lead, Breitbart News is firmly behind Moore as well. The organization produced an exclusive sit-down interview with the former Judge, and broke the news of a high-profile endorsement by Sarah Palin last week.
“Judge Moore has shown he has what it takes to stand up to the out-of-touch political establishment. The Judge has proven he’s not afraid of a fight for what is right, and he’s ready to take on DC’s swamp monsters and help make America great again. We need more bold leaders like Judge Moore who will fight for all of us in the US Senate,” Palin said.
Moore was elected as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court on two separate occasions, but was removed both times for bucking federal orders. He refused to remove a bust of the Ten Commandments his court room, resulting in his first dismissal; and then refused to enforce a ban on same-sex marriage, which got him removed for the second time.
Moore ran for Governor in the past, but failed in the primary both times. Leading in the polls and having a media powerful platform like Breitbart News solidly in his corner, this will be the best chance that this conservative fighter ever has to become a national political figure.
“I’ll stand with Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz on the front lines of the fight against the Washington Establishment,” Moore said to his supporters in an e-mail.
The run-off election between Strange and Moore will take place on Sept. 26, and the winner will have to defeat their Democratic competitor in the mid-term election next November in order to serve in the U.S. Senate.