You may recall just how all-out Breitbart went in the Alabama Senate race. Steve Bannon went to Alabama in the primary and the general to campaign for Roy Moore, Breitbart sent reporters to Alabama, and the site ran articles attempting to raise questions about the Washington Post‘s reporting on Moore’s accusers.
In an interview with CNN’s Oliver Darcy, following Moore’s loss to Doug Jones, Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow acknowledged that Moore was a “weak candidate”:
He described Moore as a “weak candidate” who “ran a terrible campaign” — sentiments that Breitbart hadn’t clued its readers into as it was serving as a de facto mouthpiece for the judge.
Marlow said those factors, accompanied by a sexual misconduct scandal that raged on for weeks, and what Marlow contends was a biased news media, kept his expectations in check. At the end of the race, he said, he anticipated it being close.
“I wasn’t actually as shocked as people would think,” Marlow said about what ended up as a Democratic upset in deep red Alabama. “It made a lot of sense to me.”
Marlow did defend Breitbart’s coverage of the race, and said he believes the allegations against Moore were being used to set a bar that “President Trump cannot match… based off not any sort of conviction or any sort of admission of guilt, but based off of purely allegations.”
During the race, Marlow told Politico that the outcry over the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore was about “trying to destroy the career of Roy Moore to stop the momentum of the anti-establishment, America-first populist nationalist moment that’s taking place largely within the Republican Party.”
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