Steve Bannon declared war on the GOP establishment when he left the White House.
He specifically called out Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell for obstructing Trump’s agenda.
But new comments by another White House staffer have the establishment bracing for what’s in store in 2018.
There’s a war going on and the outcome will fundamentally reshape the GOP.
While there have been a number of skirmishes, Bannon routed the establishment at the first major battle in Alabama’s special Senate election to replace Jeff Sessions.
There, anti-establishment candidate Judge Roy Moore won a stunning upset by running strongly against Mitch McConnell.
The results sent a message that McConnell heard loud and clear.
And while the establishment rallies in the D.C. Swamp, a proxy war is being fought in the press.
McConnell and his lackeys at the Senate Leadership Fund are telling any reporters who will listen all about how their candidate Luther Strange was a long shot from the start.
They’re “explaining” all the reasons why the circumstances in Alabama were unique and how the deck was stacked in Moore’s favor.
Never mind the establishment outspent Moore by some estimates as high as 7 to 1.
But while they make excuses, donors are rallying to the anti-establishment cause.
They see what an absolute failure Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and the entire Congressional Leadership has been at implementing Trump’s agenda from the start.
Now, in a meeting with top donors, Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Nick Ayers urged donors to “form a coalition” to take on GOP leaders and members of Congress who won’t back President Trump.
Ayers warned that Republicans will get “shellacked” in the midterms if Congress doesn’t act on Trump’s legislative priorities.
But it was what he said next that got a recording of his comments leaked to the press:
“Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him? If — and this sounds crass — we can purge the handful of people who continue to work to defeat him,” Ayers said.
He went on to say of how to convince Congress to get on board:
“I would not only stop donating, I would form a coalition of all the other major donors, and just say two things. We’re definitely not giving to you, No. 1. And No. 2, if you don’t have this done by Dec. 31, we’re going out, we’re recruiting opponents, we’re maxing out to their campaigns, and we’re funding super PACs to defeat all of you.”
He finished by saying, “Because, look, if we’re going to be in the minority again, we might as well have a minority who are with us as opposed to the minority who helped us become a minority.”
Politico noted the crowd laughed and burst into applause.
Things aren’t looking good for the establishment.
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It’s been nearly 8 years since the anti-incumbent Tea Party tidal wave swept new blood into the Republican Party.
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