Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon took to the stage during Saturday’s Values Voter Summit to chastise the Republican establishment and call for a political insurgency that will reach a fever pitch during the 2018 midterm elections.
“There’s a time and season for everything, and now it’s a season for war against the GOP establishment,” he told the Washington D.C. crowd. “It’s no longer acceptable to come and pat you on the head and tell you, ‘everything’s going to be fine, just get these guys an office.’”
During a recent interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, Bannon revealed his intention to primary every single Republican lawmaker up for re-election in 2018 other than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
“We’re spending a ton of time with the grassroots organizations to make sure that these cans are fully vetted,” he said at the time. “You’re going to see people announced this week, they are going to have experience in government. You’re going to see some outsiders, they’re authentic. And these people are real.”
Bannon celebrated the victory of Judge Roy Moore over establishment favorite Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in last month’s Alabama Senate primary runoff, claiming that his win was a major thorn in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel’s side.
“Up on Capitol Hill, because I’ve been getting calls, it’s like the Ides of March,” he said. “They’re just finding out who’s going to be Brutus to your Julius Caesar. Yeah, Mitch, the donors aren’t happy, they’ve all left you.”
He also cautioned Republicans who are not up for re-election next year that they will not hold their office long if they go against President Donald Trump’s agenda.
“No one can run and hide on this one, these folks are coming for you. The day of taking a few conservative votes and hiding is over,” Bannon warned. “These folks aren’t rubes, these folks aren’t idiots.”