Skip to comments.Bannonís takes on Alabama, Trump, Obama and 2018 midterm ignite Value Voters Summit audience
Posted on 10/15/2017 3:08:25 AM PDT by markomalley
The executive chairman of Breitbart News told a packed ballroom annual Value Voters Summit Saturday that nationalist-populist voters learned the most important lesson from President Barack Obama.
You might not like Barack Obamas policies, said Stephen K. Bannon, who took a year-long leave of absence from Breitbart to first lead President Donald J. Trumps 2016 campaign and then serve as Trumps most senior advisor.
Obama was authentic and his supporters brought that authenticity to the voters door-to-door, he said.
You might not like him as a president, Bannon said.
Let me tell you as a politician, he knew exactly what he was doing, he said.
The former Navy surface warfare officer said he remembered back to the 2008 Republican National Convention, when his friend former New York City mayor Rudolph W.L. Giuliani mocked Obama.
He had that great line: Whats a community organizer? Ill tell you what it issomebody who can kick your ass, twice.
Bannon said the grassroots of the Tea Party, evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics learned that lesson as witnessed with the election of Trump and the victory of former judge Roy Moore.
Moore won his Sept. 26 runoff against Sen. Luther J. Strange III to secure the GOP nomination for the Dec. 12 special election to succeed Jefferson B. Jeff Sessions, who resigned from the Senate to become Trumps attorney general.
Bannon said the president got bad advice and bad information before he made the decision to endorse Moore over Strange.
Some folks were telling him things that just werent so, he said.
I kind of told him what was going to happen in Alabama, said the former White House Chief Strategist. I told him I was going to stand with the men and women who got him into office.
Bannon said Moores win in the Alabama runoff was a rehearsal of concept for his strategy going into the 2018 midterm elections.
We proved in Alabama that money doesnt matter anymore, he said.
A good man with good ideas and good people to back him can beat any amount of money, he said.
On the other hand, the Republican establishment is convinced that the populist movement can be fooled and manipulated.
They think the good men and women, the good sons and daughters of Alabamajust like they think working class and middle-class folks across the countryare a bunch of morons, a bunch of idiots, a bunch of rubes.
One example of this belief is the tens of millions of dollars the establishment, led by Senate Majority Leader A. Mitchell Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) on 30-second TV ads in the attempt to convince people to support Strange.
The most effective tool in an election is authenticity, he said.
Motivated campaign workers need to knock on doors and ring doorbells, and then interact with the voters based on their lived-experiences with passion explaining why the voter needs to support the nationalist-populist candidate, he said.
A source familiar with Bannons thinking about the 2018 midterm elections told Big League Politics that the one-time investment banker believes that he can put the Republican establishment on the defensive by forcing them to defend far more seats through the primaries than the eight seats that are up in the general election.
Bannon is looking for Senate candidates with compelling personal stories that will become part of the national conversation and contribute to his goal of nationalizing the 2018 midterms, the source said.
These candidates include the founder of the private security company Blackwater and Navy SEAL veteran Erik D. Prince, who is considering a GOP primary run against Wyomings Sen. John A. Barrasso III, the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Barrasso is No. 4 in the GOPs Senate hierarchy, the source said.
Another target is Maines Sen. Angus S. King Jr., the former governor of the state, who ran as an independent, but caucuses with Senate Democrats, the source said. Bannon expects Maine Gov. Paul M. LaPage to challenge King, but thinks the governors wife Ann LePage would be a great candidate.
Bannon thinks voters would be drawn to the story of governors wife, in 2016 got a job at McSeagulls, the Boothbath, Maine restaurant, to help pay off a car loan. He would take either one of them, but he prefers Ann.
At the end of his 30-minutes of remarks, Bannon seems like he did not want to leave such a warm and embracing audience. After one burst of applause, he said: You sound like my colleagues at the White Housenot.
Then, returning to politics, he said: The president needs our support more than ever.
Moores victory in the runoff was not a rebuke to the president, rather it was a strong message to the president that people still support the agenda he ran on in 2016, he said.
After Moores win, Trump has issued a 70-point program on immigration that includes no pathway to citizenship and he shut down President Barack Obamas Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for the so-called DREAMers, he said. The president has also decertified the Iran Deal, suspended the unappropriated Obamacare subsidies to private insurance companies, crippled the birth control mandate, withdrawn the U.S. from UNESCO and refocused tax reform onto the middle class.
These are not random events, folks, Bannon said.
That is victory begets victory.
Such joyous times!
Awesome feel good way to start the morning.
McConnell is hiding a gay episode in his long ago 5 month military stint. Someone please tell Bannon. Blackmailing Mitch explains a lot of his muddled incompetence.
No. Obama is what happen when you have the MSM, Hollywood, liberal big business, and every liberal left-wing organization spending billions of dollars in order to jam their set agenda down your throat. They shamed people into voting for someone who is black simply because he of the color of his skin-not because of the content of their character. And they tried to shame us into voting for Hillary simply because she's a woman. What we are seeing now with people who riot, shout people down, and disrespect the flag and the national anthem are all Democrats. The fact that they are Obama supporters should tell us what type of politician he is.
Obama certainly hasn't helped the Democratic party. All he did was move it to the hard left.
“I think for fun I’m going to start responding to liberals with “President Bannon will have something to say about that when he takes office.”
I’ve been sending Moore donations - anyone aware of the NRCC or anyone else associated with the Republican Party giving him any support?
Obama certainly hasn’t helped the Democratic party. All he did was move it to the hard left.
The only thing Obozo did with his eight years was to convince the American people what a total fraud he is and how far left the Communist/Democrat Party is in this country. The Communists went for the kill this time with the Soros/Obozo and Hitlery one-two punch and they came so close they will never get over their loss. They are true Communist believers and despise and hate the American people for having the insight to see what an anathema their ideology is to the American way of life.
These are the things that bring down monarchs and drive history.
Hilary Clinton had all of those and still lost to Donald Trump.
Is that in one of the FBI files Hillary stole and has used to blackmail a lot of these Rinos?
For Trump, the moore flap was a win win campaign.
He knew that well in advance of events
Do you have any proof, is his DD 214 form available anywhere?
If true, it would explain some of his, ball-less, pussy ways.
I am offended,by Shannon n Trump regarding Moorem. It is clear evidence they do not listen to the people and endorse the usual swamp corruptocrat like strange. Go Bama! #RollTide.
Surprised they didn’t say thanks made me do it again.
I am waiting for them to save face by pouring money in the dem in the general. Maybe the scar in Moore’s back from the knife they stuck in it will remind him to trust no one.
They are going to try and Cuccinelli Moore but it is not going to work.
Jarrett knew what she was doing and so did Axelrod. Zero was the affirmative action candidate.
Bannon is a SUPERB community organizer and he is going to kick butt a thousand times more than the previous one. Ooohrah!
Sorry I told Steve I thought DT exactly right in supporting Strange. He got the right advice.
*Strange voted WITH TRUMP 100% of the time. You don’t turn around & slap someone wbo supported hou, especially if you are trying to make the case to other senators voting RIGHT NOW that “you pazs my agenda, I will belp you.”
*At the time Strange bad FOUR MORE MONTHS of viting,,,on Obamacare repeal and DACA and taxes. Trump needed every vote now, not in Jan 20q8.
*Trump & evergone else knew Moore would support bim & Moore would win.
Either way, Trump got bis votes and his next senator. Well played.
It’s 100% different with a Flakey or Heller-on-Wheels who are RIGHT NOW opposing Trump.
You can’t base support on “feelings” about how ppl “might vote” in the future, only on actions.This has long been a conservative principle-—actions matter more than intentions.
I agree with you. Zero was lazy. Got almost NOTHING done in 8 years, two of which had a D supermajority. If he knew what he was doing” we’d be buried.
I think a republican president and vice president sign a lot of contracts with the rnc and pretty much have to go with the flow as far as endorsements. That and they have to get along if there’s any chance of getting anything done. Plus, the media can call it a Bannon coup but can’t really call it a Trump coup so it’s sort of a CYA thing.
Also, Trump is confident that the normals have woke from their shame slumber and he trusts us and is counting on us to do the right thing. Politicians can’t do it all. The democrats have plenty of foot soldiers.
The very good news is that some well off and rich republicans seem to be waking too. Take the NFL and George Lopez getting booed. Bannon rounding up big donors etc.