Bannon wants candidates to challenge 'every Republican incumbent' except Cruz

Stephen Bannon is looking to challenge every sitting GOP lawmaker except Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few ready to vote against it Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis to seek reelection in Kentucky MORE (Texas), saying "no one is safe" as he looks to challenge the Republican establishment in the 2018 midterm elections and beyond.

"There's a coalition coming together that is going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz," Bannon, chairman of Breitbart News, told host Sean Hannity on Fox News's "Hannity" on Monday night.

The former White House chief strategist said he plans to recruit candidates who can run against lawmakers who have not faithfully fought to enact Trump's agenda.

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"There's a basic agenda that Trump ran on and won. He carried states Republicans haven't carried in living memory — Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. This agenda works. The American people voted for it," he said in part.

"By the way, [Mitch] McConnell would not be majority leader unless Trump — in North Carolina and Missouri and Wisconsin — was able to carry those senators across the finish line. It's incumbent upon them to back President Trump's plan, but you don't see it," Bannon continued.

His comments come about two weeks after an anti-establishment candidate he backed, Roy Moore, defeated incumbent Alabama Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Cruz’s Democratic challenger fundraises off support of Roy Moore Moore digs in amid mounting GOP criticism MORE in a GOP primary for the special election to replace Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCurtis wins Chaffetz's former Utah House seat Overnight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny FBI can’t unlock Texas shooter’s phone MORE

McConnell (Ky.) and his allies spent heavily in their attempts to defeat Moore, who made opposition to the Senate Republican leader a key part of his campaign.

Bannon, who returned to his role leading Breitbart after his stint in the White House, said his team is "spending a ton of time with the grass-roots organizations to make sure these candidates are fully vetted," saying they will be candidates with experience who are ready to take office, unlike 2010 when the Tea Party movement was first gaining momentum. 

"They will take on incumbents in every state, and then they will take on the Democrats after that," he remarked.

Bannon said the "globalist clique on Capitol Hill," including McConnell and Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTax Foundation: Senate reform bill would cost 6B GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan Dem House candidate apologizes for saying it 'shouldn't take brain cancer' for McCain to show courage MORE (R-Tenn.), have to go, remarking that the establishment has "total contempt for the forgotten man and the base." 

"What you saw Corker say today, is what they talk about on Capitol Hill. That's why I left the White House. Remember, I said I'm going after the Republican establishment, and we are going to go after them," Bannon said, referring to his departure from the White House in mid-August.

Although Bannon would not give the full list of names he plans to specifically target, saying that information will come out over the next several weeks, he mentioned GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerArmed Services chairman: Pentagon didn't heed warnings before fatal collisions Navy report: Deadly ship collisions preventable, stemmed from 'multiple failures' Bannon's charge against GOP can undercut Trump himself MORE (Miss.) are on his hit list.  

Bannon signaled that this is a long-haul fight he is planning to take on, saying sweeping congressional changes can take 15 to 20 years.