Conservative firebrand Steve Bannon may no longer be a part of President Trump’s White House, after having served there for the first critical months of the presidency, but the president and his former adviser still think a lot alike.
They agree, for example, that Republican members of Congress who refuse to support the president’s agenda need to go.
WND reported last week Bannon said his “war on the Republican establishment” is a long-term campaign that could take decades.
“To take your country back – it’s not going to happen in just one election. This is something you’re going to have to grind out day in and day out for the next five, 10, 15, 20 years,” he told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.
“It took us a long time to get here. There’s no magic wand we can wave and drain the swamp. There’s no magic wand we can wave and blow up this establishment. I hate to tell people, you’re going to have to work,” he said.
Now President Trump is supporting his effort to pose primary challenges to GOP incumbents in Congress up for re-election.
“I know how he feels,” the president said, according to the Washington Examiner. “There are some Republicans who should be ashamed of themselves. Most of them are really, really great people, but you had a few people who really disappointed us.”
Trump’s comments came during a Cabinet meeting Monday.
Bannon, who until August was in the White House with Trump as chief strategist, returned to Breitbart News and has made no secret of the fact he’s hunting for candidates to challenge incumbent Republicans in primary elections.
Bannon has said every GOP candidate next year should face a primary challenger except Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
“Steve is very committed. He’s a friend of mine,” Trump said of Bannon. “I have great relationships with many senators but in particular with most Republican senators. But we’re not getting the job done, and I’m not going to blame myself, to be honest.”
The Hill reported Trump apparently reached out to Bannon to offer encouragement.
Bannon already has won a significant victory. In the special election Senate primary in Alabama, he backed former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who defeated establishment favorite Luther Strange.
“The most important thing is an authentic candidate,” Bannon explained at the Values Voter Summit in Washington last weekend. “Whether it’s Donald Trump or Judge Moore – this is who you ought to vote for.”
As WND reported, when Bannon left the White House Aug. 18, he immediately returned to his role as executive chairman of Breitbart News and met with the chief funder of Breitbart, Robert Mercer, to prepare to “go to war” against “globalists” in the White House he believes are ruining the Trump administration.