A Civil War has been brewing within the Republican Party and the tensions have just been escalating since President Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon left the White House. In fact, in a recent interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Bannon announced that he is launching a full on war. Sources report that Bannon has been recruiting super conservative Republican candidates to combat current GOP Senators who the alt-right considers too liberal and not completely loyal to Trump. according to POLITICO.
Bannon’s threats are concerning to Republican lawmakers such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. POLITICO reports that the Breitbart editor is “launching an all-out war against….McConnell and the Republican establishment.”
In response to Bannon’s threats, McConnell is vowing to protect Republican incumbent Senators. According to The Hill, McConnell said: “We intend to play in primaries if there’s a clear choice between someone who can win in November and someone who can’t.”
Furthermore, Senator John Cornyn of Texas said: “I wish they would focus on Democrats instead of Republicans.” Josh Holmes, McConnell’s former chief of staff, told Politico: “The issue is: Do you invest your time and energy in attacking people who are carrying this president’s water in Congress to the benefit of people who are trying to impeach him? That seems like an incredibly short-sighted strategy.”
Nonetheless, Bannon is dead set on getting his way. The former strategist has put his support, and that of Mercer and others, behind Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court Chief Justice, who at this point has the lead in the polls. McConnell is steadfastly supporting Senator Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the seat after Jeff Sessions resigned to become Trump’s Attorney General. POLITICO reports, at a Judicial Watch conference recently, Bannon said the Alabama primary would be “a defining battle between the conservative base and the GOP establishment.” Who will win the war between McConnell and Bannon?