As Trump-Bannon Blood Feud Erupts, Battle Begins For Loyalty Of Base

It was a time of choosing.

The rift that ripped wide open Wednesday between President Trump and his former top adviser Steve Bannon forced the populist movement they both strive to lead to take measure of the two men, though the president retained a clear advantage.

Since his exit from the White House, Mr. Bannon assumed the role of kingmaker for the Trump movement, backing candidates he deemed pro-Trump and anti-Republican establishment.

The move created tension with the White House, including when Mr. Bannon and Mr. Trump backed opposing candidates in the Republican primary race in Alabama for U.S. Senate and Mr. Bannon’s pick ultimately cost the party the usually safe Senate seat.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who embodies the Republican Party establishment, has warned that Mr. Bannon’s crusade would only help elect Democrats.

“The establishment Republicans are happy because now Trump sees that Bannon has been a liability all along,” said Republican Party strategist Ford O’Connell.

Read more from S.A. Miller at The Washington Times

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