Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday morning ordered top editors at Breitbart to step up its overwhelmingly negative coverage of the Alabama Senate candidate backed by President Trump, a person familiar with the matter told CNN.
Trump has endorsed Luther Strange in the race that will decide who will fill the Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became attorney general. Bannon, who returned to Breitbart as executive chairman following his exit from the White House, is supporting anti-establishment candidate Judge Roy Moore.
Not that it is much of a surprise that White Nationalists would be supporting Roy Moore to fill Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions’ seat.
Shortly after Bannon told top editors to increase the site’s volume of reporting on the race, Matthew Boyle, Breitbart’s Washington editor, told staff “the only story that matters until next week is Alabama.”
“As of now, everyone is working on the Alabama race,” Boyle wrote in a message obtained by CNN in the company’s internal Slack channel. “If anyone has any questions please let me know.”
So… how did it play out?
By Tuesday afternoon, Breitbart’s front page was full of stories related to the race. The top story reported that former White House aide Sebastian Gorka and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin were set to campaign for Moore, while other stories attacked Strange and the “tsunami” of “dark money” supposedly supporting him. Trump’s major speech to the United Nations was buried under coverage of the race.
(The tsunami of dark money is from amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell’s various slush funds. Hardly dark, if you know what I mean and I think you do.)
How does it advance Comrade Preznint Stupid’s agenda (which is alleged to be Bannon’s purpose for his return to Breitbart)?
Bannon has said he does not believe the Republican establishment supports Trump and has promised to fight for the ideas that got him elected from outside the White House.
“They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented,” Bannon said during a recent “60 Minutes” interview. “It’s very obvious.”
So… Luther Strange (and I gotta give props to the scriptwriter who named this dude), the guy who Preznint Stupid is actually campaigning for, is part of the Republican establishment who does not want Hair Führer’s nationalist agenda to be implemented? But Roy Moore, who in a heartbeat would overthrow our democracy and install a Xristian theocracy if he could, is a populist nationalist?
What’s in the water cooler at the Breitbart Embassy?