Steve Bannon sauntered onto the wooden stage to the roar of applause with the song “Street Fighting Man” by the Rolling Stones booming over the crowd.
The former White House chief strategist was in Fairhope, Alabama, campaigning for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore at a boisterous rally held inside a barn with hay-lined floors on Monday night.
Bannon offered kind words for Moore, a former state judge whose fire-and-brimstone Christianity and anti-establishment rhetoric have earned him hero status among many conservatives. Moore was “righteous,” he assured the audience, and “represents your values.”
But Bannon reserved his most effusive praise for his former boss, President Donald Trump, who, in a clash of priorities, has endorsed Moore’s primary opponent.
Trump was “one of the most courageous individuals I’ve ever seen” and the “greatest public speaker since William Jennings Bryan,” Bannon gushed, referring to the late populist politician and master orator from Nebraska.
“Every person,” he said, “should get down every night and thank God that Donald Trump is president of the United States.”
(c) 2017, The Washington Post · Derek Hawkins