Stephen Bannon accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other establishment Republicans of "trying to destroy him every day," according to The Associated Press. Speaking at a fundraising rally on Tuesday for Kelli Ward -- a challenger to incumbent Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona -- the former White House counsel targeted Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Bob Corker (R-TN). Flake is one of a number of incumbents on the in the GOP that are in Bannon’s sights.

Promising a "season of war" against Republicans who do not back Trump’s agenda, Bannon spoke of his intention of going against every Senate Republican up for reelection in 2018, with the exception of Sen.Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “It’s an open revolt and it should be. These people hold you in total contempt," Bannon said at the campaign kickoff. "When they attack Donald Trump and Dr. Kelli Ward, it's not Donald Trump and Kelli Ward they're trying to shut up, it's you they're trying to shut up," he said. 

Polls show that support for Flake among Republicans is down. For her part, Ward has called on McCain to resign, inspiring the latter’s Republican colleagues to push back. Flake has openly challenged Trump’s policies, especially with regard to immigration. He told AP that he is not worried about the primary. 

The primary runoff victory in Alabama for Senate candidate Roy Moore was a feather in Bannon’s cap because he was an earlier supporter of ousting incumbent Sen. Luther Strange. Bannon has also called on Sen. Corker to step down. 



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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