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When Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court justice who was removed from the court for refusing to recognize same sex marriage rights, won the Republican Senate primary in Alabama last night, it was only fitting that Breitbart head honcho Steve Bannon introduced him, promising a “revolution” on the strength of his victory.
“You’re going to see in state, after state, after state, people that follow the model of Judge Moore—that do not need to raise money from the elites, from the crony capitalists, from the fat cats in Washington, D.C.,” Bannon said Monday at Moore’s victory party.
As Politico reports, Bannon went on to say the race was about “who was sovereign—the people or the money—and Alabama answered today, the people.” He also promised a nationwide “revolution” of far-right social conservatives challenging Republican incumbents in 2018 primaries.
Bannon’s decision to throw the full weight of Breitbart’s ultra-conservative propaganda behind Moore’s candidacy was one of his first moves after re-joining the site he ran before his White House tenure. To Bannon and the Breitbart universe, Moore’s victory is an important template. Neither Trump’s endorsement of incumber Senator Luther Strange nor the millions of dollars spent by a Mitch McConnell-aligned super PAC ended up mattering, with Alabama’s voters going for a gun-toting racist who made name his going to the mat over a Ten Commandments statue in front of a state building.
Trump, for his part, has been deleting his tweets in support of “Big Luther,” because our president hates nothing more than looking like a loser out of touch with his base.
- Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price REALLY likes the perks of the office, reportedly using government-funded private jets to have lunch with his son and a vacation hot spot where he owns land.
- Are you following the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria knocked out the island’s power grid and left millions of American citizens without food or water? An emergency room doctor there described the circumstances as being “like war” in The New York Times, saying, “You work with what you have.”
- It’s the 251st day of Donald Trump’s presidency, and Republicans in Congress have absolutely no major legislative victories to show for it. After the latest faceplant on repealing Obamacare with Graham-Cassidy, a tax reform bill—with deep tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans—is expected to come down today.
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