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Alabama Swamp-Dweller Defeated

Melina Druga
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Melina Druga
Alabama Swamp-Dweller Defeated

“Last night we talked about starting a revolution with Judge Moore's victory,” Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News executive chairman, said as he introduced Roy Moore.

Moore was the victor of Alabama’s Republican runoff election Tuesday, beating Sen. Luther Strange who had been endorsed by President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“You are going to see,” Bannon continued, “in state after state after state, people that follow the model of Judge Moore, that do not have to raise money from the elites, the crony capitalists, from the fat cats in Washington D.C., New York City and Silicon Valley.”

Throughout the campaign, despite Trump’s endorsement of Strange, Bannon had proclaimed that a vote for Moore was a vote for Trump. Trump, after all, ran as the anti-establishment candidate and Moore, in many ways, embodies that at well.

Moore twice served on Alabama’s Supreme Court. The first time he was removed from the position for violating the separation of church and state. The second time, he was suspended and ultimately retired, after ordering judges to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore has called homosexuality evil and has claimed the U.S. is being punished by God for sodomy and abortion. He has also called Islam a false doctrine and was reportedly part of the Birther movement, the claim that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S.

Send the Establishment Running

Moore was supported not just by Bannon but by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and by former Trump deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka. The trio share a collective goal – picking off established Republicans in the 2018 primaries by tapping into voters’ dissatisfaction and frustration.

Some incumbents are viewed as vulnerable, such as Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Sen. Bob Cooker (R-TN) has announced he will retire instead of run for re-election, which Bannon said was a sign the revolution had begun.

Bannon has called establishment Republicans liberals and elites and said Alabama would “show them this populist, nationalist conservative movement is on a rise.” He told voters that the establishment thinks Alabamians are morons and rubes.

His view is shared by several in the GOP. Mo Brooks, who came in third in Alabama’s August primary, said, “We are in an epic battle between the people of Alabama who put America first and the Washington swamp that hopes to buy our Senate seat and put America last.”

Tuesday, Breitbart News declared victory with a headline that claimed an Alabama voter listened to Bannon and God and voted for Moore. Moore’s win is a devastating blow to McConnell’s reputation and authority as the establishment fails to stop the civil war brewing in the party, Breitbart said.

Bannon, his prize in Alabama won, will soon turn to the Nevada and Arizona races, supporting challengers Danny Tarkanian and Kelli Ward. Like with the Moore-Strange election, he will order Breitbart to assault the opposing candidate with dirt.

“The hard-working men and women of the world are tired of the global elites,” Bannon said. They’re tired of being told what to do. This is a global revolution. You see it. It goes all the way from places in England. You see it happening in Europe. You’re actually starting to see it happen in Asia. You see it in India. It’s starting to take place in the Middle East, in Australia, and yesterday, was in Alabama.”

And if that message weren’t clear enough, Breitbart has declared itself and Bannon, the most feared names in the Beltway, ensuring the movement that elected Trump will have an even louder voice in coming weeks than it did in 2016.

Photo credit:  Roy Moore for Senate