An insurgency is brewing against the Republican establishment, and its chief sponsor is President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
But Bannon says some incumbents who are running scared might be able to avoid a primary challenge from his flank of the party by meeting certain conditions.
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Bannon insisted that "the populist, nationalist, conservative revolt that's going on, that drove Donald Trump to victory ... that will drive 15 candidates to victory in 2018" will continue. "I hate to break it Graydon Carter and the good folks at Vanity Fair (referring to a Vanity Fair story which claimed Bannon said Trump only had a 30% chance of finishing his term), but yes, President Trump is not only going to finish this term, he's going to win with 400 electoral votes in 2020."
For one, he says, they must oppose the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Bannon also calls on them to do away with the filibuster that he says is stalling Trump’s agenda. And he says they must condemn Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker for his scathing comments about Trump.
As Bannon put it, there’s time for what calls a “mea culpa.”
But “until that time,” he says, the message to incumbents is: “They’re coming for you.”