Rep. King Bashes Bannon: He Looks Like a 'Disheveled Drunk Who Wandered Onto the Political Stage'
— CNN (@CNN) December 13, 2017
Peter King and other Republicans went after Steve Bannon after the GOP lost the Alabama special Senate election on Tuesday night.
Bannon, who runs Breitbart and served as a top adviser to President Trump until August, threw his support behind former judge Roy Moore.
President Trump backed Moore in recent weeks despite claims from several women that Moore pursued sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers.
King (R-N.Y.) told CNN on Wednesday morning that the Republican Party must move away from Bannon.
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!!
— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) December 13, 2017
"[Bannon] does not belong on the national stage. He looks like some disheveled drunk that wondered onto the political stage," said King, adding that as a conservative Republican, he rejects Bannon's "alt-right" platform.
"He encourages racial division. This is not the type of person we need in politics. Last night's election was a manifestation of a revulsion by the American people," said King.
His sentiments were backed up by others on Twitter, including Josh Holmes, former chief of staff for Sen. Mitch McConnell.
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 Ivey for the opportunity to make this national embarrassment a reality
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) December 13, 2017
Steve Bannon is the most effective Democratic Party strategist since James Carville. https://t.co/jTsrwKmDOE
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 13, 2017
Solid work by Bannon:
2017 — Jones (D) 1%
2016 — Shelby (R) 28.1%
2014 — Sessions (R) 100%
2010 — Shelby (R) 30.6%
2008 — Sessions (R) 26.8%
2004 — Shelby (R) 35.2%
2002 — Sessions (R) 18.8%
1998 — Shelby (R) 26.5%
1996 — Sessions (R) 7%
— Garrett Ventry (@GarrettVentry) December 13, 2017
Trump tweeted after the results that he originally did not believe Moore could win, leading him to endorse Sen. Luther Strange in the runoff.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
Katie Pavlich said on "Outnumbered Overtime" that Trump should not have made a public endorsement of Moore if he did not believe Moore would win.
She said the White House should make a decision on whether to keep getting involved in these races.
Pavlich said Bannon does not have a "great track record" with picking candidates and that ultimately the election was lost because Roy Moore was a "bad candidate."
Watch her thoughts below.