Bannon, AFA Action: 'GOP establishment' needs to go

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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U.S. Senate shieldSteve Bannon and the public policy arm of the American Family Association appear in agreement on a method to successfully "drain the swamp" in Washington, DC.

Bannon – President Trump's former White House chief strategist – has declared war on the Republican establishment in 2018. When he left 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he vowed he would be more valuable to the president outside the administration. It appears Bannon is making good on his promise.


During an appearance Monday on Fox News Channel's Hannity, Bannon declared war on all 2018 Senate incumbents except Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Bannon: "A hundred percent. We are declaring war on the Republican establishment that does not back the agenda that Donald Trump ran on and the President of the United States. And that is an agenda that we know backs the working men and women .... We're going in Mississippi against [Roger] Wicker.

Hannity: "Who do you pick? McDaniel?"

Bannon: "[Chris] McDaniel in Mississippi. These names are all going to come out over the next several weeks."

Rob Chambers is vice president of AFA Action, which is based in Mississippi. He says Senator Wicker is part of the GOP establishment that refuses to get rid of the filibuster – in effect, says the group, defending Democratic obstruction.

"You had Luther Strange [the Alabama senator ousted by Roy Moore in a primary] – and now the poster boy for the establishment is going to be Roger Wicker," Chambers tells OneNewsNow. "He's up for re-election next year.


"Senator Wicker is one of the 30 who has basically dug in his heels in maintaining his support for the Democratic opposition," he continues, "and [Democrats'] use of the filibuster to block any conservative legislation moving forward."

AFA Action argues that keeping the filibuster rule (the rule requiring 60 votes to proceed) "is nothing more than a mechanism for Democrats and liberal Republicans to further capitulate to the left."

Chambers contends that voters are fed up with the lack of things getting done in Washington and are prepared to hold these recalcitrant lawmakers accountable next year. Bannon is banking on voters doing just that.

Chris McDaniel is currently a state senator in Mississippi. He ran unsuccessfully in a 2014 primary runoff in his bid to unseat long-time Republican Senator Thad Cochran. McDaniel ran that race as a Tea Party candidate.

Editor's Note: AFA Action is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates

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