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Breitbart denied press credentials for Trump’s Alabama rally — White House intervenes

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The website helmed by ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was allegedly denied press credentials for President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

An editor for Breitbart TV tweeted a photo of a woman typing on her phone, while a Breitbart business card sits on the table in front of her, next to printed spreadsheet lists.

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President Trump traveled to Alabama to campaign for interim Senator Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the US Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General.

Breitbart has been campaigning for interim Sen. Strange’s opponent, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Days before Trump announced his Alabama rally, Steve Bannon allegedly urged Breitbart editors to “step up” attacks on interim Sen. Strange.

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Bannon has been waging political war against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has spent millions attempting to defend interim Sen. Strange.

Election day is September 26.

UPDATE: September 22, 9:27 EST
Jeff Poor, the Breitbart editor who tweeted he was denied entry, has updated his Twitter feed. The White House intervened on behalf of Breitbart and that he made it in the rally.

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