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 McConnellMcConnell: Trump's troop pull back in Syria a 'grave strategic mistake' Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump insists Turkey wants cease-fire | Fighting continues in Syrian town | Pentagon chief headed to Mideast | Mattis responds to criticism from Trump TSA head rules himself out for top DHS job   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 HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (R-Nev.), Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong How to survive an impeachment Are Senate Republicans certain that Trump can return to office? MORE (R-Ariz.), and Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoTo stave off a recession, let's pass a transportation infrastructure bill Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US GOP senator: Iran is behind attack on Saudi Arabia 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 John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS 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: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's impeachment jeopardy deepens MORE (R-Texas).