Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A year out, the Republican Party is bracing for a major schism between traditional Republican moderates and the firebrand conservative movement, which some also see as a populist uprising being led by President Donald Trump.
In recent weeks, the media has turned its attention to Breitbart’s Steve Bannon, formerly a senior counselor to the president and now self-appointed champion of the anti-establishment movement. Bannon, who first joined the Trump campaign in August 2016, has declared war on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment.
“Nobody can run and hide on this one,” Bannon said Saturday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. “These folks are coming for you. The days of taking a few nice conservative votes and hiding are over.”
While some have questioned Bannon’s relationship with the president following his removal from the White House, others contend Bannon can assist the president and his agenda to a greater degree from the outside.
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