Roy Moore has made his return in the Republican wing, and Steve Bannon was here Tuesday night to send his greetings, Politico reports.
Moore, the GOP’s candidate who is set to assume the position of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate, has faced multiple accusations of predatory sexual behavior towards young women and girls. He has denied the allegations against him. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, Republican National Committee and one group of elected officials cut their support.
Bannon was the one who stayed strong in his support, and now President Donald Trump, the RNC, and the GOP base are all back with the twice-ousted former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, Bannon, Moore and a large group of supporters of the president took turns taking shots at the media, the GOP establishment, and Moore’s Democratic opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. The rally was very similar to one rally that Bannon and several other conservative figures set up for Moore on the eve of the September runoff.
Both Roy and Bannon held speeches. Bannon’s speech was mainly focused on rolling back free trade and urging restrictions in immigration. Moore’s speech was full of religious rhetoric and social conservatism.
“They think you’re a bunch of rubes,” Bannon told the audience of 350 people. “They hold you in total contempt. It’s not Judge Moore they’re trying to shut up — it’s you.”
“We’ve got to go back to God,” Moore said, not long before reminding voters he was kicked off the state Supreme Court for refusing to obey federal court orders. “We’ve got to go back and restore the morality of this country.”
Moore’s brief exile ended Monday with an enthusiastic endorsement from Trump, who viewed the allegations against Moore as analogous to those from the slew of women who accused him of sexual assault last fall following the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape.
The RNC resumed backing Moore, sending along $50,000 to help the Alabama GOP with its get-out-the-vote efforts. But Trump and the RNC’s backing came only after it was clear the Republican base was standing with Moore the same way it stood by Trump a year ago.