Nationalist firebrand Steve Bannon is mobilizing a revolt against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, even if costs President Trump some of his most loyal foot soldiers on Capitol Hill. Bannon, Trump´s former chief strategist, is raising resources and recruiting primary challengers to take on Republicans who vote for the president´s legislative agenda more than 90 percent of the time — some more than 95 percent of the time. Their sin isn´t insufficient fealty to Trump or even ideological differences, but rather supporting McConnell, R-Ky., for majority leader. Bannon, now back at the helm of Breitbart News, loathes the Kentucky Republican. Bannon is willing
Comments: It´s delusional to believe Steve Bannon is out to accomplish anything but power and headlines for himself.
McConnell and Ryan have accomplished exactly zero with full control of the Congress. That should be embarrassment enough to justify replacing them with someone that can get it done. The biggest back stabbers in the GOP are rewarded with committee chairmanships. That has to stop. McConnell funds establishment candidates that are supported by the lobby, not those supported by the people.
Steve Bannon is a great American. He supports the Trump we elected. The Swamp has decided to disparage Steve Bannon as a method they hope will neuter opposition to their power. They are the delusional ones.
Clearly, results matter and McConnelll has delivered diddly squat. The mandate was clear and he totally ignored or actively worked to derail it. The people are incensed. Just look at McConnell´s poll numbers. What the GOPe is afraid of is we the people. We have had it with the lies and passive aggressive promises of these overpaid ideologues whose only loyalty is to anyone who can make them millionaires. Put the country first, you old fool! You and your ilk are nothing but parasites who put themselves above the will of the people.
The problem is that Steve Bannon is pointing out McConnell´s treachery and self-serving ideology and doing something to move forward the voter´s agenda. The traitors in Washington can´t abide him for it. The time to fight the entrenched corruption is now. God speed, Mr. Bannon.
Our MAGA agenda isn´t being pursued by the current occupants in Congress - which we put there. Obviously it is time to change the occupants to those who will work on our agenda and not that of their K street/Wall street money guys.
Don´t care what their rating is, if they aren´t playing for our team (We the People) and moving the ball forward, we need someone else who will.
This author is not a Trump or Bannon supporter, in my mind, given his choice of words. "Nationalist firebrand Steve Bannon" "McConnell, a pragmatic old-guard conservative" The author wants Bannon (who is actually Trump´s Svengali) to back off since he´s hurting Trump (crocodile tears). Bannon will not "back off" and Trump is in full agreement.
I would be careful about both the Washington Examiner and Drucker. There have been more negative articles in the Examiner than positive. And Drucker, who appears on FBN from time to time, has never been a friend of PDJT.
You could hardly call Flake and Heller “Trump supporters”. And Barasso is likethis with McConnell.
If push came to shove (and it will) the parties named would probably stick with McConnell. Or try to unless they were called out and exposed.
PS. I don’t believe President Trump has a “Svengali”. That is almost laughable. He has people close to him whom he trusts. For input. But like most successful CEOs, once the input has been gathered, the CEO makes up HIS own miind. The other president I can think of who acted CEO-like in this regard was Ronald Reagan.
LOL...I think Bannon knows exactly what he´s doing! He is putting the fear of God into those Republicans who thought they could sit on their Hands and watch all of Trump´s Agenda go down in Flames. Instead, Bannon is telling them that it is THEIR CAREER that is going to go down in Flames if they don´t get with the Program. It´s a WAKE UP CALL! They all know Bannon is Ruthless and I would bet they´re scared to death about now because they know he has the money and backing to take down every single one of the Never Trumpers who decided to stand with McConnell. As for the idea that Republicans will LOSE seats if Bannon does this, HA! I would bet he already has Great Candidates lined up to replace people like Jeff Flake and Dean Heller. He will chose someone who can beat the Democrat Candidate. Should be a fun to watch this next election cycle!
GOOD! Start at the top and work to remove every one of the bloated millionaires from lobbyists´ lead votes and taxpayers´ dimes. Recruit people who know who they represent, their constituents! Pampered princes no more! McConnell scolded the President recently and said he doesn´t understand how long it takes to pass legislation. We want results, not pandering and foot dragging.
OP thinks Bannon is out for personal power. Ridiculous on the surface.
Bannon chose to walk away from direct hands on the levers of power to get to a place where he could do more good for the cause of defeating the hidebound professional losers like McConnell. Bannon thinks strategically, and wants to move the ball down the field. Old style GOP folks are offended by crass and coarse politics, which have proven to be necessary after decades of failure of "playing nice".
Bannon may make errors, but I trust that his intent is to do the right thing for the country, and not to gain personal power.
Bannon is targeting them all but realizes that he will only be able to knock out a few RINOs which would get all their attention. There is no way all the RINOs can be knocked out in one primary election process.
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