Gingrich to Hannity: Bannon war on GOP incumbents 'stunningly stupid'

Gingrich to Hannity: Bannon war on GOP incumbents 'stunningly stupid'
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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) slammed former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon on Tuesday, telling Sean Hannity on his radio program that the Breitbart chairman's strategy for creating a civil war inside the Republican party is "stunningly stupid."

The perspective from Gingrich comes after Bannon, who resigned from his White House post on Aug. 18, declared on Oct. 9 in his own interview with Hannity on Fox News that he is looking to challenge every sitting Republican lawmaker with the exception of Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzAfter Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Cruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE (R-Texas), adding "no one is safe."

"There's a coalition coming together that is going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz," Bannon said. 

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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 added.

Gingrich pushed back on Hannity's nationally-syndicated radio show Tuesday when asked about Bannon's comments. 

“The point I would make as a strategist is you got 10 Democrats up next year in states Trump carried,” Gingrich noted. “You have six Democrats up next year in states Trump carried by a huge margin. Now you take the amount of money Bannon is going to raise. If he spent that money in North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Missouri, West Virginia — the fact is you would have such a big Republican majority, you’d pass the stuff you guys want to pass." 

"Creating a civil war inside the Republican Party may feel good, but I think as a strategy, it is stunningly stupid. I’m just being really honest," he added.

Bannon backed Roy Moore in an Alabama special GOP primary held earlier this month, where the challenger defeated incumbent Alabama 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 despite Strange getting an endorsement from President Trump. 

McConnell and GOP allies put millions into the election in an effort to defeat Moore, but Moore won comfortably, by a 10-point margin.

Bannon called the Moore victory a "revolution" for Republicans and has used the recent retirement announcement of Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerRand's reversal advances Pompeo Overnight Defense: Pompeo clears Senate panel, on track for confirmation | Retired officers oppose Haspel for CIA director | Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit Pompeo headed for confirmation after surprise panel vote MORE (R-Tenn.) as an example that the insurgent movement on the right is on the rise.