Steve Bannon is the Executive Chairman of he Breitbart News Network, and former campaign manager and special counselor for President Donald Trump. Bannon is a skilled rabble-rouser with close ties to deep Wall Street pockets (the Mercer family) and to billionaire industrialists (the Koch brothers). His vision is backwards-looking and frightening, with a call to wage Christian holy war against Islam and retreat, generally, to a militaristic medieval values system aligned with the most conservative and traditional wing of the Catholic Church.
Breaking / Bannon wants to take the fight to Steve Bannon and his hard-right base of supporters. The Bannon faction has entirely taken over the Republican Party, and since the Republican Party now controls all three branches of the Federal government, as well as most statehouses and state legislatures, this narrow and unrepresentative slice of the American public that supports Bannon and his bomb-throwing, ultra-nationalist, racially divisive agenda now possesses enormous power to tilt the nation toward anarchy on the false premises of a culture war (false, for starters, because unwarranted empirically).
On December 12, Alabama will hold a special election for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. Democrat civil rights lawyer Doug Jones faces off against ultra-conservative Republican judge Roy Moore.
Steve Bannon has mobilized the hard-right Republican base to support Roy Moore as an insurgent candidate who will “shake things up” in DC. In reality, the last things the nation needs at this point is more “shaking up.” We need Senators who will commit to unifying, not dividing, who will represent the interests and needs of the citizens of their state, and those of the entire nation.
Doug Jones is a courageous fighter for justice, a seasoned lawyer who can work in partnership with his Senate colleagues to pass laws that help all Americans. At the same time, voting for and electing Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate can send a healing message to Alabamians punished and left behind by hard-right state Republican agendas and policies.
We can elect Doug Jones and let Steve Bannon know that his medieval vision of hate and division, and his misguided “us-against-the-world” message will not play in Alabama, or elsewhere in the United States.