Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film

Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film

Former senior White House adviser Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonHouse panel signals Russia probe document dump before midterms Bannon: Italy’s coalition government ‘will change global politics’ Our policies on immigration should be forward-thinking MORE is hoping to rev up President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE's base ahead of the midterms with a new documentary film slated to air on One America News Network Wednesday evening.

The movie, entitled "Trump @War," highlights Trump's work on foreign policy, trade and immigration while cautioning viewers that Democrats will likely attempt to impale his agenda and potentially impeach the president if they take back the House in November.

The pro-Trump film— which features commentary from former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film GOP destroyed oversight — Dems obligated to clean up mess if elected MORE, former senior White House aide Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaBannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film Barack Obama and the 'resister-in-chief' Trump allies want Congress to find anonymous op-ed author MORE, Fox News' Pete Hegseth and The Hill's Joe Concha — uses imagery of Trump supporters being physically and verbally attacked.

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It also gives a scathing depiction of the mainstream media and the left, using clips of pundits and Democratic lawmakers speaking out against the president.

Bannon, who formerly served as Trump's campaign chief executive and left the White House after the publication of Michael Wolff's book about the administration, said he also plans to target vulnerable GOP districts by getting grassroots groups to show the movie at venues like churches and union halls.
 
His goal is to generate the enthusiasm generated during the peak of the Tea Party movement in 2010.

"There's probably 20 districts that have to be held to hold the majority, and we're doing the compilation with Citizens of the American Public, an analysis with Pat Caddell and John McLaughlin and all the pollsters to target specifically what districts and then basically carpet bomb this thing into those districts," he told The Hill in an interview.
 
He added he thinks a win for Republicans would be a net loss of no more than 20 House seats, short of the 23 seats Democrats would need to flip the House.

"On the left, you have the Times Up movement, you have the resistance, you have Tom Styers Next Generation, you have an entire Netroots Nation — you know, independent expenditure groups that are out there doing a great job," he said.
 
"They're highly motivated and let's call it like it is — they hate Trump, he's triggered them. I don't agree with it, but I understand what they're doing and we've got to counter that."

While Bannon expressed optimism Republicans can retain the majority if they’re able to spark enough enthusiasm, he acknowledged they face a number of challenges.
 
He noted the president's polling numbers dipped, especially with independents, following The New York Times' publication of an anonymous op-ed written by a senior administration official stating efforts by Trump's staff to undermine his agenda.
 
Bannon argued Republicans are going to need to rally voters from all factions of the party and independents if they’re going to be successful in November.
 
"For us to win, we have to turn out the deplorable base plus the Reagan Democrats," he said in the interview. "You do have to get a certain portion of establishment Republicans in order to do this.”
 
"The other side of the coin is you must get Trump deplorables to vote for RINOs (Republicans in name only),” he also said.
 
Bannon cited Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsTrump: Republicans' and my poll numbers would be higher if not for Mueller's 'witch hunt' Bannon says right must support ‘RINOs’ Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film MORE (R-Texas) as an example of a member who isn’t necessarily popular with the Trump base, but whose district they are looking to target in hopes of energizing voters.

"You have to not just vote for Pete Sessions, part of our film is that to motivate people. You're going to have to walk a precinct for Pete Session and ring a doorbell and get other people to come out — that's what this is all about,” he said.

"The time to debate and argue about RINOs, that was in the primaries. It didn't happen, it is what it is, and any vote that's not for Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDisclosures suggest rebates and insurers responsible for rising out-of-pocket drug costs Democrats keeping GOP from motivating voters with Trump impeachment threat, analyst says Celebrities, lawmakers wear black to support Kavanaugh’s accuser MORE for Speaker is for the Trump program.”

Bannon said the president realizes the importance midterms will have in carrying out his agenda and expects he will be in full campaign mode before the end of the month.
 
According to Bannon, the election is a referendum on Trump and is looking to ensure the messaging they used in 2016 will continue to be communicated this time around.

“November 6 is not a midterm — the intensity going up to this thing, it's his first re-elect and he's going to treat it like a re-elect,” he said.

"I think by the time we get to late-September, early-October the intensity of a presidential campaign will be here," he added.