The first step, according to sources in Bannon's camp, is to use the defeat in conservative Alabama to argue that Republican Roy Moore would have won if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other establishment GOP leaders hadn't abandoned him in the face of allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
"I was even raising it not so much as a political issue, nearly as a moral issue".
Rep. Peter King appeared on CNN's New Day to dissect yesterday's shocking Republican loss in the (deeply red state) Alabama special election and went far beyond the predictable blame-laying in which politicians typically engage after a loss.
Saying Bannon looks like a "disheveled drunk that wandered onto the political stage", he said the former White House official does not belong on the national stage.
Bannon, who has vowed to campaign against multiple establishment Republican members of Congress up for reelection this year, was a Moore supporter from the start, breaking with President Trump who backed incumbent Sen.
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King said Bannon looked like a"disheveled drunk who didn't embody Republican beliefs
Establishment Republicans and TV talking heads have suggested that in the wake of Judge Roy Moore's defeat Republicans should "dump" Steve Bannon - I say quite the opposite.
Graham also tried to put distance between Bannon and Trump, who first backed odd and then endorsed Moore for the general election despite the misconduct allegations against Moore. He does not represent anything I stand for.
"He sort of parades himself out there with his weird alt-right views that he has and to me it's demeaning to the whole government and political process", he said. "He looks like a drunk that wandered on to the national stage".
"(It) was really just a revulsion by people at (Bannon's) style, at his type of divisive views", the congressman continued.
He concluded: "Last night's election was a revulsion by the American people".