As the Alabama Senate special election draws near, the rhetoric of political supporters and opponents of Republican candidate Roy Moore heats up. In the newest battle of words, Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon called out Mitt Romney for criticizing Moore on Twitter Monday.
Though Republican, Romney, who ran for president back in 2008, let it be known he’s not a Moore fan with a tweet calling Moore a stain on the GOP and the nation.
‘Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.’
Of course, Leigh Corfman is one of the many women who has come forward with accusations of being sexually assaulted by Moore when they were under the age of 18 many years ago.
In response to Romney’s tweet, Bannon took to the stage at a Moore rally in Fairhope, Alabama. Of all the criticisms he could make, he actually criticized Romney for receiving deferments during the Vietnam War. Before he got started, he said the only reason he was “going there” was because Mitt started it first. What grade are we in? He said:
‘Judge Moore is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Judge Moore served his country in one of the toughest wars we’ve ever had, Vietnam, and he went over there for his country, his state, and his family. Mitt, that’s honor and integrity… You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam. Do not talk to me about honor and integrity.’
Funny Bannon should mention something about deferments. He also knows someone else who received several deferments during the Vietnam War, and that person happens to be Donald Trump – the president he supported and worked for in the White House. Did they have a chat about honor and integrity? Or was it all okay because Trump supported his backward, xenophobic agenda?
Bannon used the rest of the speech to rile up the crowds with his extremist right-wing propaganda.
After the rally, Moore took to Twitter to thank Bannon for his remarks and made the same criticisms of Romney. He tweeted:
‘God bless you Steve Bannon! Mitt Romney AND Jeff Flake are both cowards. WEAK men and SINNERS who wouldn’t serve their country. I fought in Vietnam. I was waist deep in rice paddies while Flake was still learning how to say “mama.” #ALSen #RoyMoore’
The remarks directed at Sen. Jeff Flake were in response to a photo he posted on Twitter Tuesday evening. That check was a contribution to Moore’s Democratic opponent Doug Jones’ campaign for $100. Flake represents Arizona in the Senate.
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