Breitbart News CEO and former White House strategist Steve Bannon plans to rally for Judge Roy Moore on Monday night prior to Alabama’s fierce U.S. Senate special election, when he goes up against Sen. Luther Strange on Tuesday, September 26.
Bannon will appear along with Phil Robertson, businessman and star of Duck Dynasty, at an event in the Mobile, Alabama area.
Bannon’s appearance at the rally will come just days after President Trump appeared in the state to campaign for Strange, the longtime Washington lobbyist who was appointed to fill Jeff Sessions’ seat by former Alabama governor Robert Bentley.
According to a previous report in Breitbart News, “Trump’s initial endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) aligned him with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his allies, who plan to invest millions of dollars trying to nudge Strange past former judge Roy Moore. Strange, who was appointed to the seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, placed second behind Moore in the first round of voting earlier this month and has struggled to excite Alabama’s conservative, pro-Trump base.”
A source close to Bannon told reporters, “Steve is coming to Alabama to support President Trump against the Washington establishment and Mitch McConnell. Steve views Judge Moore as a fierce advocate of Trump and the values he campaigned on.”
“Make no mistake: Big Luther is Mitch McConnell’s guy,” said Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at a rally for Moore on Thursday. “On Tuesday, you get to tell [the establishment], ‘Hey, our movement isn’t over and it’s not slowing down.”
Palin said of Moore, who is currently polling ahead of Strange, “He was deplorable before being deplorable was cool.”
During a Friday night rally for Strange, Trump made clear that the reason he has been campaigning for the man is to make good on a promise he made to Strange weeks ago, for his loyalty, and admitted he might be making a mistake.
“We have to be loyal in life,” Trump said. “There is something called loyalty, and I might have made a mistake and I’ll be honest, I might have made a mistake.”
Trump noted that “both are good men,” and promised that if Moore won the primary, he would be “campaigning like hell” for him in the general election.
Palin made it clear that she thinks the fact that Strange’s appointment to his temporary Senate seat by the former Alabama Governor, who later resigned over an ethics scandal, doesn’t pass the smell test, because Strange oversaw the investigation.
According to AL.com‘s Howard Koplowitz, Palin called the fishy appointment a “quid pro quo,” referring to the then-attorney general office’s investigation of Bentley involving the potential use of state resources to cover up an affair.
“Getting the job of the temporary Senate seat, being handed the job by the politician who’s now gone because of corruption, whatever,” Palin said, trailing off. “I don’t know what you guys call it, but up in Alaska we call it quid pro quo, which I think is an old Eskimo term for that which fertilizes the swamp.”
Sebastian Gorka, chief strategist of the MAGA Coalition, called for Alabama Republicans to send a signal to Washington by electing Moore to the Senate.
“I just got a call from Washington … And they’re worried. We are here to drain the swamp with Judge Roy Moore,” Gorka said at Moore’s Thursday rally.
“Tuesday isn’t just some old election. Tuesday must be a sign to Washington. Tuesday you must send a signal to the swamp dwellers in D.C. Because on November the 8th, we did exactly the same,” he said, referring to President Trump’s election.
Gorka, who until recently served as a deputy assistant to the president, said the choice was simple.
“On the one hand, you have a man who’s proven through his life his dedication to this nation and to the values upon which this republic was founded,” he said. “On the other side, a man endorsed by [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell,” he said as the crowd booed at the mention of McConnell’s name. “Enough said.”
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