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28.09.2017 | Trump Embarrassed and Pissed by Strange Endorsement Mistake, Especially Upset at Bannons Role in Moore Victory
by Ian Mason - Breitbart

Multiple reports Wednesday cited White House sources claiming President Donald Trump is embarrassed over the outcome of Tuesdays Alabama U.S. Senate election and understands he made a mistake in endorsing, along with Chamber of Commerce and Republican leadership, Luther Strange over Judge Roy Moore. Trump knew [endorsing Strange] was a mistake but one he was willing to make because Luther was loyal, a senior White House official told CNN. A person familiar with his mindset said the President went to bed embarrassed and pissed. Reportedly, Stephen K. Bannon, Breitbart News executive chairman and, until recently, Trumps own White House chief strategist, was a particular focus of the presidents anger over Roy Moores landslide victory. Bannon pulled out all the stops to rally pro-Moore forces in the closing days of the campaign, making multiple TV appearances, and working to bring a team of populist-nationalist all-stars to the Yellowhammer state for Moore, including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, ex-UKIP leader Nigel Mr. Brexit Farage, Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson, and fellow ex-White House adviser Dr. Sebastian Gorka. The president complained about Bannons aggressive moves on Moores behalf, as well as about the political advice he got from aides inside the White House, people who spoke with Trump reportedly told Politico. According to Politico: Bannons aggressive moves and television appearances in the race on Moores behalf, along with his appearance at a rally backing Moore on Monday, especially upset Trump, who was also annoyed that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and his former White House aide Sebastian Gorka rallied for Moore. Bannon and his ad hoc grassroots conservative strike team had gone out of their way, in their aggressive campaigning for Moore, to emphasize their continued support for President Trump and the agenda that sent him to the White House. For example, Palin exhorted the crowd at Thursdays post-debate train-yard rally that, A vote for Judge Moore isnt a vote against the president. Its a vote for the peoples agenda that elected the president, as she warned against the political class hijacking the Trump election victory. Gorka also emphasized that supporting Moore was a loyal move for Trump supporters like him. He told Fox Newss Brett Baier on Friday: The president has gone with the forces of the establishment on this one candidate. But guess what happens when Judge Moore wins on Tuesday, it will strengthen the president, because now hell be able to go to the establishment GOP to the swamp dwellers and say, Hey guys, we are back on my agenda. This wasnt worth it. Despite his reported frustrations with the defeat of his chosen candidate, Trump appeared Tuesday to have come around to Gorkas way of thinking on the matter: Trumps endorsement of Strange was seen as suspect by elements of the presidents populist base from the outset. In retrospect, the decision appears to have made on advice from anti-populist elements both outside the administration, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and within the White House, like senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. Moores massive win, despite Trumps loyalty to Strange, appears to have left the president skeptical of this kind of advice. As Politico put it, the Moore victory sent a signal that the deep-red Republicans who voted [Trump] into the White House wont necessarily follow his lead a notion he hates It left the president, who cares about winning and being associated with winners, frustrated and sometimes visibly annoyed.


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