Washington (CNN) Steve Bannon bashed Mitt Romney Tuesday nighttime for, as he put it, hiding behind his religious beliefs to avoid finding drafted in to the Vietnam War.
Bannon, stumping for controversial Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama in Fairhope, Alabama, touted Moore’s military service in Vietnam and criticized Romney for his lack of “honor and integrity.” Romney tweeted Monday, “no vote, no bulk is worth losing our honor, our integrity.”
“Incidentally, Mitt, while we’re on the subject of honor an integrity, you avoided provider, brother,” Bannon explained. “Mitt, here’s how it really is, brother: The school deferments, we can debate that — nevertheless, you hid behind your religious beliefs. You visited France to become a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam.”
Romney, a good Mormon, served as a good missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France for two and a half years in the late 1960s. In 1968, he suffered a shattered arm when a car he was generating was involved with a head-on collision , killing among the passengers.
Bannon also brought up Romney’s family.
“You’d five sons, not just one day of provider in Afghanistan and Iraq. … Where were the Romneys during those wars? You wish to discuss honor and integrity, brother, take it. Bring it down in this article to Alabama,” Bannon explained.
Bannon did not serve in Vietnam, sometimes, though he was old to do so and attended college during the final years of the battle. After the battle ended, Bannon served in the Navy. He’s most well-known as chief strategist to President Donald Trump, who acquired multiple deferments for the Vietnam War for education and bone spurs. Neither of Trump’s grown sons served in the US military.
The former White House chief strategist said Romney — who called for Republicans to block Trump during the 2016 election before he was considered to be Trump’s secretary of state — continues to be “bitter about Donald Trump,” adding that Romney doesn’t “possess the guts to get on the stage of a man who served in Vietnam.”
“Judge Moore has more honor and integrity in a pinkie finger than your loved ones has in its entire DNA,” Bannon added.
Trump, who also offered his full endorsement of Moore previously this week, is scheduled to hold a rally just 25 miles from the Alabama border in Pensacola, Florida, later on this week.