Rep. Peter King says Steve Bannon looks like ‘disheveled drunk’
The latest battle in Steve Bannon's war on the Republican establishment has left the conservative strategist licking his wounds.
Republicans have called for their party to dump the Breitbart News executive after his candidate, Roy Moore, lost the Alabama special Senate election to Democrat Doug Jones.
But Bannon is trying to stand tall after the crippling loss.
"Hat tip to the DNC, they slipped in here," Bannon told Breitbart Radio on Wednesday, referring to the Democratic National Committee. "They got out the vote."
Moore's candidacy was heavily weighed down by sexual misconduct allegations. Moore, 70, has been accused of coming on to teenage girls when he was in his 30s.
Bannon stood by Moore during the election, having backed him for a September primary against Sen. Luther Strange.
A potential Moore victory Tuesday night would have meant a big coup for Bannon against the Republican establishment.
Now, that wing of the party have turned on him after losing in the deeply red state.
"I think Bannon looks like a disheveled drunk," Rep. Peter King told CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday. "And I say that because he goes out of his way to look 'everyday' when he's a Goldman Sachs millionaire."
"This guy does not belong on the national stage," King (R-NY) added.
Beyond the superficial issues, King said, Bannon's alt-right and economic nationalism beliefs doesn't represent the core conservative principles of the GOP.
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), offered a blunter assessment.
“Suck it, Bannon,” she tweeted after Moore’s defeat.
Onetime White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who once accused Bannon of trying to pleasure himself, said the Alabama election "was a good day for America yesterday in the sense that Bannon lost.”
“You don’t want this level of disunity and this level of contention,” he told Bloomberg TV.
Bannon helped lead the Trump campaign during its final months, and later served as White House chief strategist until he was booted in August.
He returned to his perch at the conservative Breitbart News website, and in October promised to challenge nearly every sitting Senate Republican up for re-election in 2018.
Those looking to embolden Republicans’ thin majority in the Senate said Bannon’s efforts so far have only set the party back.
“This is a brutal reminder that candidate quality matters regardless of where you are running,” Senate Leadership Fund President and CEO Steven Law said in a statement early Wednesday after Moore’s loss. “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.”
Bannon, who’s heavily criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said his battle to rid the GOP of what he believes are Washington insiders could take up to 20 years.
“You have to grind it out,” he reportedly told Breitbart Radio. “Every day. If we're prepared to do it, we win.”
Scaramucci, speaking with Bloomberg TV, called Bannon “a warrior,” and noted the Alabama race was just one skirmish in a bigger war.
“Bannon is a mass to be defeated by the Republican party,” Scaramucci said. “And frankly, Bannon is a mass to be defeated by America.”