Steve Bannon used a rally in support of Roy Moore to attack Republicans who have turned their back on the accused pedophile and Alabama Senator. Bannon specifically focused on the lack of military service from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his sons.
Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct by nine women, events that date back to the 1970s. Many of Moore’s accusers were under the age of 18 at the time of his sexual advances.
The Alabama Senator has attempted to paint his accusers as a bunch of conspiracy flinging “lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and socialists.”
When allegations of the alleged contact began the Senator’s popularity took a nosedive and many of his former colleagues began to distance themselves from the politician. In recent weeks, his popularity has increased thanks to unfettered support from President Donald Trump.
Despite Republicans rallying around Moore in the hopes of holding onto an important Senate seat, some officials have refused to endorse a man who may have prayed on children for years.
Bannon specifically attacked Republicans who were unwilling to support a potential pedophile. “What did Mitt say yesterday? Honour and integrity?” he asked the crowd of a few hundred people. Bannon was referring to Romney’s previous day tweet about a 14-year-old victim who had come forward.
Bannon then openly attacked Romney’s duties as a Mormon: “You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam. Do not talk to me about honour and integrity.”
“You had five sons. Not one day of service in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have 7,000 dead and 52,000 casualties. Where were the Romneys during those wars?,” Bannon added.
It was an odd choice of attack for a man who supported President Trump, a man who personally fled from the Vietnam war by securing five draft deferments between 1964 and 1972.
The crowd cheers as Bannon spoke, despite Romney receiving 98% of the Republican vote in Alabama during his 2012 primary run.
Republican senator Orrin Hatch was angered by Bannon’s attack: “Anyone attacking any person’s religious views, but particularly our own Christian LDS faith and the selfless service of missionary work”.
“I’d be more than happy to sit down with Mr Bannon and help him understand more about the LDS church at his convenience. I’ve got a copy of the Book of Mormon with his name on it,” Hatch added.
Bannon’s attacks were not just focused on Romney, he also attacked Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake. Several hours before the attack, Flake made a donation to the campaign of Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. His donation included a quick note: “Country over party.”
“Come on brother, if you’re going to write a check, write a check,” Bannon scoffed, drawing laughter from the crowd. “A hundred dollars. Are you kidding me?”
Police were soon forced to usher away a group of protesters who shouted, “No Moore.”
Moore, despite rampant allegations of fraud, still continues to lead by five to seven percent in recent polls.
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