You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Steve Bannon on Roy Moore’s Defeat: DNC ‘Did an Amazing Job of Organizing’

A number of Washington Republicans are pointing fingers at Steve Bannon’s brand of politics as being responsible for the loss of a Senate seat, but Bannon himself is suggesting a different reason. Democrats did a better job at getting out the vote.

On “Breitbart News Radio” on SiriusXM’s Patriot Channel on Wednesday, Bannon credited the Democratic National Committee for getting involved in the Alabama Senate race and boosting the fortunes of Doug Jones.

Jones, a former federal prosecutor, edged out Moore, a former judge, to win the seat. Jones is the first Democrat elected to the Senate from the state in 25 years.

“The DNC came in here, slipped in here, under the radar, and did an amazing job of organizing — what’s my favorite word? Ground game,” Bannon told Alex Marlow on the show. “You got to give the devil its due. I tell people every day. There’s no magic wand. You are going to have to outwork people. If you get outworked you are going to lose, and I got to tell you, their ability to get out votes, that is what it comes down to.”

“You have to grind it out. This is going to be five, 10, 15, 20 years, every day. If we’re prepared to do it, we win,” he said.

He also gave little indication that he was backing away from his involvement in political races, as he seeks to usurp the GOP establishment with figures like Moore and Donald Trump who center their personas on nationalist and anti-elitist rhetoric.

In the aftermath of the race, some Republicans publicly blamed Bannon, who campaigned for Moore and provided strategic advice, for also influencing President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse him late in the race.

The Senate Leadership Fund, which is working to expand Republicans’ majority in the Senate, put out a statement on Tuesday night saying that “not only did Steve Bannon cost us a critical Senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the country, but he also dragged the President of the United States into his fiasco.”

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) was more cutting on Wednesday, tweeting angrily, “After Alabama disaster GOP must do right thing and DUMP Steve Bannon. His act is tired, inane and morally vacuous. If we are to Make America Great Again for all Americans, Bannon must go! And go NOW!!” He said on CNN that Bannon “does not belong on the national stage. He looks like some disheveled drunk that wandered onto the political stage.”

Trump tweeted early on Wednesday, “The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!”

He also appeared to indirectly blame Moore in another tweet, writing, “If last night’s election proved anything, it proved that we need to put up GREAT Republican candidates to increase the razor thin margins in both the House and Senate.”

Bannon, a former Hollywood producer and financial executive, served as Trump’s chief strategist until August, when he returned to serve as the executive chairman of Breitbart News. The site on Wednesday published a list of the “Five Things That Went Wrong for Roy Moore.” They included “not having a unified GOP,” “margins of loss in urban counties was too much to overcome,” Jones over-performing in swing counties, higher turnout, and Moore depending too much on votes from one of his strongholds, the Wiregrass region.

Listen below:

More Politics


    Quality Control's Coach K Says Abortion Ban Has Already Impacted Business in Atlanta

    A who’s who of black entertainment and tech filled the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom on June 22 for the 4th annual Culture Creators Innovators and Leaders Awards brunch. Honorees included Byron Allen, who received the Icon Award; actress and executive producer Marsai Martin, who was named Innovator of the Year; and Quality Control Music founders [...]

  • Wyclef Jeans Warns Democrats: 'Trump Can

    Wyclef Jean Warns Democrats: 'Trump Can be Re-Elected'

    Wyclef Jean, the actor and rapper who performed the 2016 song “If I Was President,” is no stranger to politics, after trying to run for president of his native Haiti in 2010. At Cannes Lions, the annual advertising conference in the South of France, Jean talked about the future of music but his conversation with [...]

  • Hope Hicks

    Hope Hicks Refused to Answer Committee's Questions 155 Times

    Fox communications chief Hope Hicks refused to answer questions from the House Judiciary Committee on 155 separate occasions during closed-door testimony, the committee chairman said Thursday. The committee released a transcript of the hearing on Thursday afternoon. Prior to the hearing, President Trump directed Hicks not to answer questions about her service as a senior [...]

  • Hope Hicks

    Hope Hicks Gives Closed-Door Interview on Mueller Probe

    Hope Hicks appeared at the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning to give closed-door testimony on her involvement in the special counsel investigation of President Trump. The Fox communications chief was subpoenaed in May to provide documents and testimony that would aid in the committee’s investigation into obstruction of justice. After extensive negotiation, Hicks agreed [...]

  • Prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz al

    Saudi Crown Prince Should Be Investigated Over Khashoggi Killing, U.N. Report Says

    Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, should be investigated in connection with the killing of Jamal Khashoggi because of “credible evidence” that the prince is among those liable for the dissident journalist’s death, a United Nations report said Wednesday. While no “smoking gun” has yet been found that directly incriminates the prince [...]

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders Jemele Hill

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Leave the White House

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving her position at the end of the month, President Donald Trump said Thursday. In two tweets, Trump announced Sanders’ departure for her home state of Arkansas before thanking her for “a job well done.” He also recommended her for the Arkansas governor position, writing, “She is [...]

  • Kellyanne Conway

    Federal Watchdog Says Kellyanne Conway Should Step Down

    A federal watchdog has recommended that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway should be fired for repeated violations of the Hatch Act. In a report on Thursday, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel found that Conway had used TV appearances and social media platforms to disparage Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity. “Ms. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content