Bannon on Republican party: 'We've got to find our AOCs'

Bannon on Republican party: 'We've got to find our AOCs'

Former chief Trump strategist Stephen Bannon is urging the GOP to "find our AOCs," referring to liberal freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence MORE (D-N.Y.), to help the party better serve working-class voters.

“We’ve turned the Republican Party into a working-class party,” the former Breitbart News executive chairman told The Guardian in a sit-down interview published Tuesday.

“Now, interestingly, we don’t have any elected representatives who believe that, but that’s a legacy issue. We’ll get over that," he added. "We’ve got to find our AOCs.”


Ocasio-Cortez, a 30-year-old former bartender from the Bronx, was elected to Congress in 2018 after running a strong grassroots campaign and defeating a powerful establishment Democrat in the race's primary.

Bannon said that Democrats had "better casting” in last year's midterms, leading to the party regaining control in the House.

“They did an amazing job in '18. I keep saying I admire AOC," he said.

"I think her ideology’s all f----d up, but I want her. I want to recruit bartenders. I don’t want to recruit any more lawyers. I want bartenders.”

Bannon also credited now-Democratic presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBloomberg viewed as having best chance to beat Trump in betting market analysis Poll: Trump trails 2020 Democratic contenders in Michigan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi names impeachment managers as focus shifts to Senate MORE for the Democrats' successful midterms after the former New York mayor put $110 million into his political action committee and 21 out of 24 candidates that he supported won their races. 

In 2017, Bannon left his post at the White House as one of the changes brought on by then-chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE. The former Breitbart News chief has remained a vocal supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE since leaving his administration.