Rep. Peter King appeared on CNN’s New Day to dissect yesterday’s shocking Republican loss in the (deeply red state) Alabama special election and went far beyond the predictable blame-laying in which politicians typically engage after a loss. King took some pretty personal shots at former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, joining in a growing chorus of established Republicans eager to see Bannon exit the political stage.
The election saw Democratic candidate Doug Jones surprisingly defeat Republican Roy Moore in a highly contentious political battle, and co-host Chris Cuomo opened the segment with the old political axiom that “when you lose you blame and Republicans are blaming former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon,” before asking his guest “Why is he such a big deal?”
The Republican House Representative from Long Island who did not hold back, putting his critique of Bannon in a broader context, saying “It’s not a political issue but a moral issue,” adding “this guy does not belong on the national stage. He looks like a drunk that wandered on to the national stage.”
King then appealed to President Donald Trump to call out for Bannon’s banishment from the national political stage saying, “This morning I call on the president to speak from the White House. Whether he was involved in the White House, trying to undercut the president on his foreign policy, whether he makes — he encourages racial division. It’s not the type of person we need in American politics.”
The post-Alabama special election autopsy is still on-going, but there appear to be a more than one cadaver for political coroners to examine. The political career of Judge Roy Moore (who has still not conceded defeat) appears to be over, but it appears that Steve Bannon’s divisive and professional wrestling-style rants will to no longer be a welcome sight at future political rallies.
And for that? We can all celebrate.
Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.
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