Get ready to watch the attempted crucifixion of Stephen K. Bannon.
Politically, that is.
Bannon is being targeted by a big-money PAC tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The GOP establishment has, in fact, declared “open warfare” on Bannon and any candidates, for the U.S. Senate on down, that take up his mantel of “America First.” They will find well-funded opponents in the primaries, according to Washington insiders.
McConnell and his allies have detested Bannon from the beginning because he was the man who had Trump’s ear on important issues like immigration and refugee resettlement, foreign trade and foreign policy.
The guiding principle for all these issues was “America First,” meaning the interests of hard-working Americans, who have seen their jobs disappear and their wages steadily eroded over the past 25 years, should be placed above the interests of any foreign entity or global agenda. It’s the opposite of globalism, which may have been good for Wall Street but has hollowed out the Main Streets of America and left vacant factories as skeletal reminders of a bygone era. As a result, the middle class continues to shrink.
Watch video clip of Steve Bannon explain the meaning of “America First:”
But now the war between the two philosophies is out in the open.
Bannon has been leading an insurrection against establishment Republican candidates in next year’s midterm elections.
Bannon resigned this summer from his post as White House chief strategist, but he has shown that he may be more effective from the outside, using his position as executive editor of Breitbart to expose the globalist agenda that guides GOP senators like McConnell, R-Ky.; John McCain, R-Ariz.; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
More than a year ahead of the 2018 congressional contests, a super PAC aligned with McConnell has revealed plans to the Washington Post to attack Bannon personally as it works to protect GOP incumbents facing uphill primary fights.
“The effort reflects the growing concern of Republican lawmakers over the rise of anti-establishment forces,” the Post reports.
But the “retaliatory crusade” does not aim to target Trump directly – that would be political suicide. Even the left-leaning Post concedes that Trump’s “popularity remains high among Republican voters.”
Instead, the McConnell-allied Senate Leadership Fund, or SLF, will play dirty.
The SLF will focus on Bannon’s “hard-line populism and attempt to link him to white nationalism [and anti-Semitism] to discredit him and the candidates he will support,” the Post reports. “It will also boost candidates with traditional GOP profiles and excoriate those tied to Bannon, with plans to spend millions and launch a heavy social media presence in some states.”
The GOP establishment has had its “cage rattled,” following the election of Trump, former deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka said Friday on “Fox & Friends.”
“The big picture is that the spirit of November the 8th is continuing, and it’s going to continue into 2018,” Gorka said. “And the establishment GOP has had its cage rattled by Steve, by myself and by the people who believe in the president’s agenda.”
Gorka also warned McConnell to “watch out” for Bannon and to take his “war” on Republicans seriously.
“Mitch McConnell, if you are doubling down, have you no idea who Steve Bannon is. I have worked with Steve Bannon for years,” Gorka said. “We worked together in the White House. He is the most strategic mind in D.C. and you better watch out, Mitch.”
The establishment’s smear campaign is already well under way, with the help of the Anti-Defamation League and others.
The ADL ran a post about Bannon on its website titled “Steve Bannon: Five things to know” in which it tried to link Bannon to white supremacist David Duke and Rocky Suhayda of the American Nazi Party. The only evidence presented were articles Bannon had published at Breitbart that were critical of Islam, feminism and Planned Parenthood.
Meanwhile, look for the continued fallout in the U.S. Senate, where globalist Republicans are dropping like flies.
Corker and Flake both recently announced they won’t run for re-election.
But the Chamber of Commerce, the tip of the spear for the establishment in many states, will strongly back new establishment candidates to replace Flake, Corker and any others like them who decide not to seek re-election. Those running against the establishment will be smeared.
In fact, it’s already started.
In the wake of Flake’s announcement not to seek re-election, the SLF called Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward, Bannon’s pick to replace Flake, a “conspiracy theorist” and promised to ensure her defeat.
The Post article suggests this divide-and-conquer, all-out war within the GOP will lead to more Democrats getting elected.
“The turbulence presents a danger to Republicans’ narrow 52-seat majority in the Senate, with seasoned GOP lawmakers deciding against seeking re-election amid the political storm — and with many GOP voters cheering the rancor that Bannon has stoked from his perch at his website, Breitbart.”