Steve Bannon to GOP Primary Candidates: Stop Railing Against the Political Establishment

You know Steve Bannon — the guy who helped propel President Donald Trump to victory in 2016 as part of his broader effort to wage war against the American political establishment? Well, he’s kinda throwing out that talking point now.

Between the failed campaigns for aspiring politicians like Ed Gillespie and Don Blankenship, the Republican Party might have noticed by now that mimicking Trump is not a guaranteed strategy for winning elections. Indeed, since Trump took office, he has given several endorsements to politicians who more closely reflected the views of House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), rather than those who most resemble himself.

The New York Times reached out to Bannon for his thoughts about the prospects of the upcoming midterm elections, and he offered an interesting quote in terms of what the bomb-throwers have to think about while making their appeal:

“People are starting to realize that the anti-establishment thing is kind of a luxury we can’t afford right now.”

Remember, this is coming from the former White House adviser who wanted to undermine McConnell and replace him with a senate majority leader who has Trump’s anti-establishment leanings. Then again, maybe Roy Moore‘s collapse, the loss of control at Breitbart, and the shrinkage of Bannon’s campaign to back populist Republican primary candidates has given him new perspective.

Bannon is likely to be asked about the state of populism in his upcoming interview on CNN (an outlet he would definitely include in what he calls the “opposition party”). So far the network has released clips of Bannon offering some interesting comments to Fareed Zakaria about how Trump’s lawyers failed him on the Russia investigation, and how Rod Rosenstein might need to be fired.

Watch above, via CNN.

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