It looks like congressional Republicans have finally had enough with Steve Bannon.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) took to Twitter on Wednesday to call on his colleagues to “dump” Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and editor of Breitbart News.
Was King professional about the matter? No. But he did say what we were all thinking: that Steve Bannon looks like a “disheveled drunk.”
Republican infighting brought on by Trump’s presidential run and subsequent election is nothing new. But in recent months, that tension has been seeping out of the halls of Congress and into the media. Bannon is an expert provocateur – he has announced publicly that he’s engaged in a “war” to flip seats held by traditional Republicans in favor of those who suit his agenda. And while congressional Republicans seem to be, as King put it, “morally vacuous” in general, Bannon’s agenda is even more dangerous. He has repeatedly denied that he is a white nationalist despite his support of a white nationalist agenda. He wants to deconstruct the “administrative state” in its entirety. That means supporting candidates like Trump and Roy Moore who have no issue with launching attacks on the press and the judiciary. That also means the rollback of all integral regulations and social programs that Americans depend upon.
Bannon wants a wild-west. Basically, he wants more Trump. He campaigned for Moore in Alabama even after multiple allegations of sexual encounters with teenagers surfaced. So, in many ways, King’s rebuke of Bannon was necessary.
In an interview, King elaborated on why he doesn’t like Bannon.
“He sort of parades himself out there with his weird alt-right views that he has and to me it’s demeaning the whole governmental and political process.”
The Republican establishment is no friend of Bannon’s. A former chief of staff to Mitch McConnell also called out Bannon’s loss on Twitter.
“Before we get the results, I’d just like to thank Steve Bannon for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the union and Governor [Kay] Ivey for the opportunity to make this national embarrassment a reality.” – Josh Holmes
A public denunciation of Bannon does not absolve the Republican establishment from their moral deficiencies. The RNC decided to back Moore despite the allegations against him, on top of the fact that he is known to be racist, homophobic, and was previously removed from the bench as a judge for his inability to separate religion from the law.
Congressional Republicans also recently passed a tax bill that will devastate America’s poor and dismantle the middle class to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. They gutted the provision of the Affordable Care Act that secured women birth control. They decided to throw an estimated 13 million Americans off of their health insurance. They voted to make graduate school unattainable, and much more.
It’s not just Steve Bannon who needs to step down from his pedestal. It’s time to show the entire Republican party the door.