The deepening chasm between “establishment” Republicans and their more “radical” white nationalist counterparts got a bit more fractious on Wednesday when Karl Rove took a jab at Breitbart executive Steve Bannon.
Bannon’s promise to steal House Speaker Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) donors and pour money and manpower into the race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore never materialized, Rove said on Fox News.
Instead, the former aide to former President George W. Bush said, Bannon gave two speeches where he insulted the University of Alabama as a “second-rate educational institution” compared to his alma maters of Georgetown and Harvard, “and he showed up looking like, I don’t know, a scruffy out-of-work homeless guys.”
Rove then described Bannon’s outfit at one of his Moore speeches: “three shirts layered on each other underneath a fatigue jacket, unshaven and ranting and raving at the so-called establishment in Washington.”
In doing so, Bannon discouraged “Republicans from uniting behind his candidate.”
This wasn’t the first time Rove criticized of the erstwhile aide to President Donald Trump. In October, he penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal insulting Bannon after the latter threatened to primary a North Carolina Republican Rove backed as part of his GOP establishment “hit list.”
Rove wasn’t alone in his criticisms of Bannon — Luther Strange, the Republican appointed to the Alabama Senate seat after Jeff Sessions left it to become attorney general also said on Fox News that the Breitbart executive helped accomplish an impossible task — getting a Democrat elected in Alabama.
Watch one Republican take down another over party in-fighting below.
Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them
Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.
"Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for 'their accelerating arson of the post office,' he said. Alarming headlines have emerged in recent days as many states prepare to facilitate widespread mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump openly admitted he was withholding federal aid from the postal service to prevent mail-in voting, and USPS has notified 46 states and D.C. that it will struggle to deliver some mail ballots on time," The Daily Beast reported Friday.
Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.
Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.
Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.
As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.
Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris
The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.
On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.
Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.
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