Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared to slight Ivanka Trump, who sharply condemned GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore amid allegations of sexual misconduct, as he took a jab at the GOP establishment Monday, remarking, “There’s a special place in hell” for Republicans who don’t support other Republicans.
“To Mitch McConnell and Sen. (Richard) Shelby, and Condi Rice and all that little Bobby Corker and all that establishment out there, all that establishment out there every day that doesn’t have Trump’s back, you know they don’t have his back, at all … there’s a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better,” Bannon said Monday night at a campaign rally in Midland City, Ala.
Trump, the president's daughter and a top White House adviser, used similar language last month when she commented on the allegations against Moore.
“There is a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” Ivanka Trump told the Associated Press last month. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation, and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
The Washington Post reported the initial accusations against Moore last month. In that report, four women, accused Moore of pursuing sexual and romantic relations with them when they were between the ages of 14 and 18, while he was in his 30s. Other women have come forward with additional allegations since then.
Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations and has resisted pressure from top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to drop out of the race.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an Alabama native, commented for the first time on the Alabama race Monday.
“It is imperative for Americans to remain focused on our priorities and not give way to side shows and antics,” Rice said in a statement published by AL.com. “I know that Alabamians need an independent voice in Washington. But we must also insist that our representatives are dignified, decent and respectful of the values we hold dear.”
“I encourage you to take a stand for our core principles and for what is right,” she said. “These critical times require us to come together to reject bigotry, sexism and intolerance.”
Moore, who was officially endorsed by President Trump earlier this month, is up against Democrat Doug Jones Tuesday in the Alabama special election to fill the remainder of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ U.S. Senate term.
Bannon returned to his post as executive chairman of Breitbart News after he left the White House in August. He had served as President Trump's campaign chief executive officer in the 2016 campaign's final months.