Dec 5, 2017, 11:29 PM ET

Bannon slams Romney, Flake at Alabama rally for Roy Moore

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared alongside embattled GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore Tuesday night in Fairhope, Alabama, just a week ahead of the election.

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In a fiery speech defending Moore, Bannon attacked the Republican establishment and questioned the timing of allegations brought against Moore by eight women who have accused him of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior toward them when he was in his 30s and, in some cases, the women were in their teens. Moore has denied the allegations.

"Let's be right, ok, this whole thing was a setup, this whole thing was weaponized, right?" Bannon said of the allegations of sexual misconduct first published by the Washington Post, "You know that, folks down here in Alabama know that."

PHOTO: Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope Ala.AP Photo/Brynn Anderson
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope Ala.

Bannon also attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who donated $100 to Moore's Democratic opponent Doug Jones earlier today.

"Hey Flake this is why your approval rating in your home state is like 11 percent," Bannon said, "You're a total embarrassment, if you're going to write a check write a check, support somebody."

But Bannon saved perhaps his more stinging attack for former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who he accused of hiding behind his religion to avoid service in the Vietnam War.

"Judge Moore served his country in one of the toughest wars we've ever had, Vietnam," Bannon said, "Mitt, that's honor and integrity, and by the way Mitt, while we're on the subject of Vietnam and honor and integrity, you avoided service brother. Ok Mitt, here's how it is brother, the college deferments that's we can debate that, but you hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice patties in Vietnam. Do not talk to me about honor and integrity."

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)The Associated Press
Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Moore did not directly address the allegations against him, but did talk about the "battles" he has fought in the campaign.

"If you knew what kind of battles I've been fighting, you wouldn't want to be where I am. In fact if I wasn't here I wouldn't want to fight these battles, but when God puts you there, you have nothing else to do but to stand," Moore said.

Moore again cast the race as a chance for Alabama voters to reject the "establishment" and said the race was special because it is the first senate race since the election of President Trump.

Moore sounded confident in his chances of victory on December 12.

"I think they're afraid that I'm going to take Alabama values to Washington," he said. "And I want to tell you, I can't wait."

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, left, kisses his wife, Kayla Moore after he speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)The Associated Press
Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, left, kisses his wife, Kayla Moore after he speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Bannon's trip to the state comes at a crucial time in the campaign, and just a day after Trump officially endorsed Moore, calling the candidate personally and expressing "enthusiastic support" for Moore, according to a statement from the campaign.

Speaking today at the White House, Trump reiterated his support for Moore.

“I think he's going to do very well,” Trump said of Moore. “We do not want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama. We want strong borders. We want stopping crime, we want to have the things that we represent and we certainly don’t want to have a liberal Democrat that is controlled by Nancy Pelosi and controlled by Chuck Schumer.”

Moore also got a boost Monday night, when an official with the Republican National Committee confirmed to ABC News that the organization is following Trump's lead and supporting Moore's candidacy.

Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones speaks at a news conference, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Dolomite, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)The Associated Press
Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones speaks at a news conference, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Dolomite, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Most Republican senators have continued to keep their distance from Moore. McConnell told reporters today that he has not changed his position that Moore should get out of the race, and said that if elected, Moore may still face an ethics committee investigation.

"There's been no change of heart," McConnell said. "I had hoped earlier he would withdraw as a candidate. That obviously is not going to happen. If he were to be elected, he would immediately have an ethics committee case and the committee would take a look at the situation and give us advice."

Other Republican senators have expressed their displeasure with Moore, but said the decision on whether or not he should be a U.S. senator is up to Alabama voters.

"Well, I am not a voter in the state of Alabama. So I don't have a say in it. The voters in Alabama will determine that," Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told ABC News Tuesday. "I have not endorsed Mr. Moore and my hope is the voters of Alabama will do the right thing and not send him to the Senate."

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who has not endorsed Moore, told reporters Monday of Trump's decision to endorse the controversial candidate, "I don’t think he had any choice but to do that. You know, he needs every Republican he can get so he can put his agenda through. So that’s, you know, the only Republican you can possibly get down there at this time."

ABC News' Ali Rogin contributed to this report

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  • iamhe

    Bannon looks like he never took a bath and sleeps in his car.

  • iamhe

    sociopaths playing the stupid "christians"

  • NavinJay

    It's like Satan campaigning for Hitler.

  • AGNARR

    Atta boy, Bannon ! Give it to the weak traitors !!

  • Jorge J. SEPULVEDA

    How did American Politics come down to this? It use to be respected and an example to the world, now a days it is one of the worse in the world.
    Every day we wake up and there is a new show in this circus.

  • pint_of_porter

    Bannon always looks he's coming off a tequila bender. And he's talking about honor and integrity? Interesting, because Republicans have neither.

  • Truth-B-Me

    Bannon is dangerous to america and those right wing conservative evangelicals who foolishly call themselves Christians are so in need of a mental evaluation!! Is there any intelligence at all in the state of Alabama?........................I hope so and hope that Moore never wins a seat in government!

  • Citizen123

    But he gives a pass to Trump for dodging the draft supposed "bone spurs" and all.

  • Sheila Moore

    Didn't seem to matter to Bannon that Trump never served... interesting.

  • IndependentforFreedom

    So now Alabama also shamelessly enjoys supporting a Neo Nazi white supremeist Bannon and his disgusting evil alt-right agenda to destroy America's Democracy - so they have gone from electing a known pedophile in Alabama to now lowering the bar to the bottom of the cesspool pit by supporting and electing Bannon's neo-Nazi policies - stay away form my daughter pedo-Pervert Roy Moore and watch out when he lurks in the W.H. folks. The GOP liars and deniers will have to "write another memo which nobody will claim" warning the young W.H. Interns to beware of Roy Pedophilic Boy Toy and the GOP Groper of Kitties Donald Trump. Truly insane - even the Bible belt has gone to the devil.

  • ceptic

    The Unprincipled Principles Meet. OXY+MORON=Bacteria MutuaLISM.

  • Edup McD

    Bannon's head needs to be slammed ...

  • footballsux

    I notice this wino said nothing about his friend Bone Spur Don's service during the Vietnam War.

  • Ideology

    Here's an ordinary guy exposing the hypocrisy of those in government. What an amazing Country we live in. In most places he would be dead or jailed.

  • tatanka

    "I think they're afraid that I'm going to take Alabama values to Washington," he said.

    Got that right.

  • The I

    If Steve Bannon were cast in a movie, he would play the part of a child molester. How can the far right come up with pizza gate and not notice Bannon looks like a sterero typed molester?

  • kritikosman

    Bump Bannon!

  • Trumpet

    Gee, looking at the pic, moores wife won't even kiss the accused molester on the lips.

  • Sassy

    It’s well known amongst those in the concierge industry that Bannon and John Travolta enjoyed carnal knowledge with each other in the 90’s.

  • Michael McCall

    He's actually campaigning for roy moore....Jesus! Man, give somebody 5 minutes of fame and they'll latch on to anyone they can get their greedy, drunk looking paws on!

  • helicohunter

    An easy way to tell who the good guys are is to see who Bannon objects to. He is pure evil, not to mention really painful to look at.

  • Badger land 2

    Saw a Moore spokesperson on Anderson Cooper. Every question from 9/11 to homosexuality and gun rights was answered with the phrase the Bible and the Constitution. Nothing on topic. They had to bring this woman in from Ohio cuz they couldn't find anyone this smart in Alabama?

  • Brian Keele

    So its now ethical in Alabama to go around dating young teenage girls as long as nobody gets caught funding an abortion?

  • tet1953

    It is stunning that in 2017 there is support for someone who says the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was the beginning of many of our problems.

  • Dicazi

    I would respect a religious deferment before a medical one bought and for by a wealthy family.
    Bone spurs, which apparently went into remission, without surgery.

  • Dicazi

    So all the women accusing Dems are telling the truth, and all the women accusing Republicans are lying.
    BS. BS.
    Horse puckeys.
    There is NO conspiracy, except to protect vile petaQs.

  • kritikosman

    This bum looking fella needs to slam his bone spur bud too.

  • ROBOTIX JONES

    Bannon slams Romney for not participating in Vietnam, but not Brigadier Bonespur?

  • Pat Baxter

    Anyone who gives a fat rat's behind about Bannon is as irrelevant as Bannon himself. It's pathetic seeing Bannon chasing after whatever spotlight he thinks will get him on the news. Steve "has been" Bannon is no longer as amusing as he once was (via SNL). Bannon is enjoying basking in the Moore notoriety. A publicity hound of the worst kind = Bannon.

  • Bill S

    Again the ugly face of hypocrisy shine in the GOP as Mitt Romney is a draft dodger but dump imaginary bone spurs are excepable. I can't imagine why Republican supporters just bush off the BS because they see themselves as God chosen people. So when Mr no Moore then 17 is elected it was God's will.

  • Personal

    Bannon (and Moore) need to be written off and forgotten about.

  • tstorm

    A picture of a White supremacist (Bannon) shaking hands with a child molester (Moore). What a great recruitment poster for the GOP!! LOL....

  • thinkmore

    Another step downward for the GOP.

  • Bev Guyer

    Let's start a movement, people! You know all of those little bottles of shampoo and body wash that you get at hotel rooms? Let's send them all to Bannon, he certainly could use them.

  • Bev Guyer

    Where does Bannon get off disparaging Romney when his boy Trump is known as Draft-Dodger Bone Spurs? Romney was a missionary, Trump was a sexually active bachelor who said his Viet Nam was not getting an STD in the NYC social scene. Bannon is a fool and so are those that support him.

  • Hawkman100

    Moore says in the story above that God told him to stand for election.

    Did God also tell him to impose himself on 14-year-old girls?

  • Bob Bob

    Bannon has openly said he is out to deconstruct this country's government. It may sound good on paper but how about him explaining what he will replace our government with? He seems to be more like Putin than even Trump - not a successful government model

  • fox_whisper85

    What a liberal loser

  • Youarekiddin'

    How about discussing how the so called judge was removed from the State Supreme Court TWICE, for putting his personal beliefs above the law.

  • Fiona Wen

    Bannon is Trump's sin eater. The more vile, foul acts Trump undertakes, the more disgusting, pock marked and nasty Bannon looks. Bannon is the face of our country , spewing his gibberish, calling people 'brother' ( yeah, women need not apply to his revolution and thank god...) and generally looking like a steaming pile with runny eyes. What a disgrace.

  • Tertulliano

    Both Mitt Romney and Roy Moore married their high-school sweet hearts. Only difference is that Romney was also a high schooler while Moore was already a 32 year-old grown man.

  • Catherine Cook

    Oh for goodness sakes!! Who is listening to this drunk? This guy is a supporter little donnie trump, of a draft dodger and an admitted sexual harasser who has two sons who never went to war either. Republicans are so full of it! They immediately believe anything negative about any Democrat. They believed days before the last presidential election everything negative about Hillary Clinton. They believed accusations made by the accusers of Bill Clinton under the same circumstances as Roy more is in. But now, they want us to not believe a single negative thing said about any Republican? What bs!!!

  • TIGGER

    And Trump's excuse to avoid being drafted was a "bone spur". How totally self-serving Bannon, Trump and their cohorts are.