Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon ripped into one-period presidential prospect Mitt Romney for his insufficient military service through the Vietnam War in response to Romney’s denunciation of Republican Senate prospect Roy Moore.
“Incidentally, Mitt, while we’re about Vietnam and honor and integrity, you avoided provider, brother,” Bannon told a crowd throughout a Moore rally in Alabama on Tuesday. “You hid behind your religion. You visited France to be a missionary while guys had been dying in rice paddies in Vietnam.”
The attack follows a tweet by Romney lambasting Moore’s candidacy, writing that “No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.”
The former Massachusetts governor, a Republican, has repeatedly spoken out against Moore following numerous serious sexual assault allegations against the Alabama judge, including the sexual assault of minors. Nearly six women in recent weeks possess accused Moore of seeking sexual interactions with them when they were teenagers in the 1970s and 80s.
Moore denies the allegations and has continued his Senate run despite numerous telephone calls to step straight down. President Donald Trump endorsed Moore’s candidacy on Mon.
Romney, a devout Mormon, received a deferment from the draft on religious grounds and spent some of the Vietnam War years serving as a missionary in France.
Bannon went on to attack Romney’s family members, saying, “You ran for commander in chief, you’d five sons, not one day of provider in Afghanistan and Iraq. We’ve 7,000 dead and 52,000 casualties, and where had been the Romneys during those wars?”
“You want to talk about honor and integrity, brother, take it down below to Alabama.”
Bannon, the firebrand executive chairman of right-wing information site Breitbart and a devoted proponent of Trump, possesses promised to “send shockwaves” through what he deems “elite” media and political circles simply by putting “anti-establishment” prospect Alabama Republican Roy Moore in the Senate, with the larger goal of securing a Republican majority in 2018.
Bannon failed to note that Trump avoided military provider because of five draft deferments between 1964 and 1972 – four for education and 1 for a medical exemption claiming bone spurs in his heels.
“I had a doctor that gave me a letter – a very strong letter on the heels,” Trump told the brand new York Instances in 2016, adding that the condition was “temporary.”
Trump drew controversy in 2015 when he criticized Vietnam War veteran and Arizona Senator John McCain, who all spent nearly 6 years enduring torture in a North Vietnamese prison after his plane crash landed in enemy territory.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump explained. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”