SPONSORED:

Rove slams Bannon’s ‘jihad' against incumbent Republicans

Rove slams Bannon’s ‘jihad' against incumbent Republicans
© Greg Nash

Karl Rove in a new op-ed slams the challengers former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is assembling in an effort to unseat almost all the incumbent Republican senators who are up for reelection in 2018.

"Steve Bannon, the failed presidential adviser and alt-right sympathizer, has declared war on incumbent Republicans, particularly Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHumanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE," Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

ADVERTISEMENT

He said Roy Moore, a candidate Bannon supported in his bid for an Alabama Senate seat, will show "whether Mr. Bannon has picked a team of winners or just a collection of misfits and ne’er-do-wells."

Rove then lists several controversial candidates Bannon is backing in races across the U.S.

He points to former New York Rep. Michael Grimm (R), who left Congress in 2015 after pleading guilty to tax fraud, who is running for his old seat.

He also names former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), a gubernatorial candidate who once declared President Obama was “a more serious threat to America than al Qaeda.” 

He lists other races in which Bannon is supporting candidates who are running against Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.), Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOregon Republican Party calls Capitol riot a 'false flag' operation to discredit GOP, silence Trump supporters The Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis State-level Republicans wracked by division after Trump's loss MORE (R-Ariz.), and Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenate GOP signals it's likely to acquit Trump for second time OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court upholds ruling invalidating Dakota Access, but doesn't shut down pipeline | Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency | Biden seeks to bolster consultation with Indian Country Senate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick MORE (R-Wyo.), many of whom have not fully supported Trump's agenda.

"Mr. Bannon justifies his jihad against incumbent Republicans by claiming that they 'do not want Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented.' That’s nonsense," Rove wrote.

Bannon in an interview earlier this month said he plans to go after every Senate lawmaker except Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate committee advances Biden's DHS pick despite Republican pushback Google suspends donations to lawmakers who voted against certifying election The Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis MORE (R-Texas).