Bannon Accuses Romney of Hiding Behind His Religion
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Steve Bannon spent a year of his life on the campaign trail and in the White House in the service of five-time draft-dodger Donald Trump, yet Tuesday night attacked fellow Republican Mitt Romney (and Romney's sons) for running for president while never having served in the U.S. military. Bannon did so in service to another Republican: accused child molester Roy Moore.
Bannon, who pre- and post-service to Trump (and possibly, to a degree, during) runs the Breitbart website, which he proudly bragged is the platform for the "alt-right."
A former Goldman Sachs executive, Bannon has endorsed accused child molester Roy Moore to serve in the U.S. Senate. Bannon has made clear his intentions: He is a "Leninist," a follower of the theories of the Russian Communist, as The Daily Beast reported in August of 2016.
“Lenin,” he answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”
Tuesday night, Bannon went after Utah's Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate considering a run for the U.S. Senate.
Bannon slammed Flake and McConnell at Alabama rally for Roy Moore – but saved his most stinging attack for Mitt Romney, who he accused of hiding behind his religion to avoid service in Vietnam. https://t.co/rrBVWRsF3G pic.twitter.com/V7Os5OY7W3— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 6, 2017
"Judge Moore served his country in one of the toughest wars we've ever had, Vietnam," Bannon told Moore supporters. "Mitt, that's honor and integrity, and by the way Mitt, while we're on the subject of Vietnam and honor and integrity, you avoided service, brother. OK Mitt, here's how it is brother, the college deferments that's we can debate that, but you hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice patties in Vietnam. Do not talk to me about honor and integrity."
Bannon did not stop there.
"You ran for commander in chief and had five sons — not one day of service in Afghanistan or Iraq," he said of the Utah Republican's adult children. "We have 7,000 dead and 52,000 casualties, and where were the Romneys during those wars?" Bannon asked rhetorically. "Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in his pinky finger than your entire family."
Bannon left out the part where nine women, some with evidence, have credibly accused Moore of child sexual assault, sexual assault, inappropriate sexual behavior, and pursuing them as teenagers.
That's the man Bannon worked hard to elect and serve – and the man some believe he still serves.
I'm sure it has, but just in case it hasn't popped into your thoughts yet, the word you're searching for is "hypocrisy."
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