Bannon orders Breitbart to go after Trump-backed Alabama candidate: report

Bannon orders Breitbart to go after Trump-backed Alabama candidate: report
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Breitbart head Steve Bannon ordered editors at the far-right website on Tuesday to step up its overwhelmingly negative coverage of Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeDomestic influence campaigns borrow from Russia’s playbook Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Five things to watch in Mississippi Senate race MORE (R-Ala.), President Trump’s pick in the Alabama GOP Senate run-off, CNN reported.

Bannon, who previously served as Trump's chief strategist in the White House, had already come out in support of former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who is leading Strange in the polls. Trump endorsed Strange and will travel to Alabama on Friday to campaign for him.

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Breitbart news editor Matthew Boyle reportedly told reporters that "the only story that matters until next week is Alabama."

"As of now, everyone is working on the Alabama race. If anyone has any questions please let me know,” Boyle wrote in a Slack message to staffers obtained by CNN.

Bannon, Boyle and Breitbart spokespeople did not return CNN’s requests for comment.

At least six stories about Moore were featured on the Breibart home page as of Tuesday evening.

Bannon has stepped up his attacks against the GOP establishment since leaving the White House last month.

The former senior Trump aide declared “war” against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Trump should beware the 'clawback' Congress Juan Williams: America needs radical solutions MORE (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Wis.) in a "60 Minutes" interview earlier this month.

McConnell is also backing Strange in the special election to fill the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Session.

Moore led Strange by 8 points in a poll released earlier this week.