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 StrangeGOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back 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 McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEx-White House spokesman Raj Shah joins Fox Corporation as senior vice president Trump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Ocasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud 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.