Rove slams Bannon’s ‘jihad' against incumbent Republicans

Rove slams Bannon’s ‘jihad' against incumbent Republicans
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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 McConnellBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team McConnell says he made 'inadvertent omission' in voting remarks amid backlash These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE," Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

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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 HellerSeven most vulnerable governors facing reelection in 2022 Nevada becomes early Senate battleground Nevada governor Sisolak injured in car accident, released from hospital MORE (R-Nev.), Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCruz to get Nord Stream 2 vote as part of deal on Biden nominees Democrats threaten to play hardball over Cruz's blockade Rubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees MORE (R-Ariz.), and Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoWatch: GOP leaders discuss Biden's first year in office McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks Senate Minority Whip Thune, close McConnell ally, to run for reelection 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 TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll 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 CruzHillicon Valley — Senate panel advances major antitrust bill Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE (R-Texas).