Moore gets boost from Bannon in final days of campaign

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon on Tuesday hit the campaign trail for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, blasting the GOP establishment and vouching for the embattled candidate one week before election day.

“This election’s going to boil down to something very simple. Do you support the program of Donald J. Trump that Judge Moore supports? Or do the good folks in Alabama support the program of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDems flip New York state seat that Republicans have held for nearly four decades Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Chelsea Clinton hits back at NYT reporter over details in new book MORE, already rejected on Nov. 8, 2016, that Doug Jones represents?” Bannon asked the audience in Fairhope, Ala., referring to Moore's Democratic opponent.

The race to fill the Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCalifornia secession movement cleared to begin collecting signatures Sessions declines to recuse himself from Cohen probe: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE has drawn significant national interest, particularly following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore. Moore has received a boost in recent days, however, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans hold on to Arizona House seat Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Mulvaney to bankers: Campaign donations will help limit consumer bureau's power MORE issued a full endorsement, and Bannon made an appearance to reiterate his support.

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Bannon previously campaigned for Moore in Alabama prior to a primary runoff against incumbent Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP intensifies war against Blankenship in West Virginia Republicans fear Cochran replacement puts Senate seat at risk Mississippi is new headache for GOP in the South MORE (R-Ala.). On Tuesday, he spoke for about 30 minutes, tearing into Republican lawmakers such as Mitt Romney, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision GOP senator: Trump's comment on Kim Jong Un 'surpasses understanding' Republican candidate favored in Arizona special House election MORE (R-Ariz.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: VA nominee on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for pick | Trump talks Syria with Macron | McConnell tees up Pompeo vote Schumer to oppose Pompeo as secretary of State Trump's nominee for the VA is on the ropes MORE (R-Ky.), each of whom have called for Moore to drop out.

Bannon, who left the White House in August, framed next week’s vote as a referendum on President Trump, saying "the whole nation" will be watching.

Early in his speech, Bannon noted the number of media outlets in attendance, referring to them and establishment lawmakers as the "opposition party."

A few protesters interjected throughout the night, as they have at previous Moore events. As one individual shouted “no Moore,” Bannon asked “the CNN producer in the back” to quiet down.

After another interrupted, Moore suggested members of “Soros’s army” were infiltrating the state, referring to billionaire Democratic donor George Soros.

Moore has in recent weeks been under pressure from numerous Republican lawmakers to withdraw from the race.

He is facing allegations about his conduct decades ago, when he was in his 30s, including an accusation by one woman who said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14, and another who said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16. Other women have said Moore made advances on them when they were teenagers.

Moore has denied the allegations. He and Bannon largely avoided discussing them Tuesday, but Moore said the campaign had featured "a lot of fake news" and "diversions."

Trump on Monday fully endorsed Moore after previously sticking to criticizing Jones and downplaying the allegations against Moore. Trump will hold a rally on Friday in Pensacola, Fla., about 20 miles from the Florida-Alabama border.

The Republican National Committee followed Trump’s endorsement by reinstating its support for Moore after initially cutting ties with the candidate.

Moore on Tuesday said he's looking forward to bringing "Alabama values" to Washington if elected.

“This Senate race is the only Senate race going. It’s the first Senate race since Donald Trump was elected, and it means something special. It means that we’re gong to see if the people of Alabama will support the president, and support his agenda in Washington by electing somebody that’s not part of the establishment there,” Moore said. 

“I think on Dec. 12,” he added, “you’ll see an election that the world won’t forget.”