Bannon criticized Romney sons for skipping military service, serving Mormon mission
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE’s campaign CEO Steve Bannon in 2012 blasted Mitt Romney's sons for not serving in the military.


The remarks, reported by Buzzfeed on Tuesday, came during an interview with Conservative Forum Radio in October 2012.

Bannon, who was then head of the right-wing Breitbart News, called the 2012 GOP presidential nominee out for not addressing the war in Afghanistan during his acceptance speech.

“Mitt Romney goes to the Republican convention, gives his acceptance speech, people give him a standing ovation, and he doesn’t have the common decency to say one thing about our troops fighting in Afghanistan?” Bannon said.

“This is a guy who avoided military duty in Vietnam; who has five sons who look like movie stars who have not served their country one day. Oh, but by the way all of them did their two years of Mormon missionary work — every one of them.”

During the Vietnam War, Romney received three academic draft deferments and one for his service for the Mormon Church.

Trump received four deferments for college and one for bone spurs in his heels.

Third-party candidate Evan McMullin tweeted a link to the story, calling Trump out for aligning "his brand with bigotry" and calling it the "sign of a weak and insecure man."