(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) “is an absolute disgrace,” but he’s just one of the many Republican lawmakers who “have total contempt for the base,” Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, said Monday night.
“When you want to talk about why there's no repeal and replace, why there's no tax cut, why there's no tax reform, why there's no infrastructure bill, you saw it right there,” Bannon told Fox News’s Sean Hannity.
“Corker -- McConnell and Corker and the entire clique – the establishment globalist clique on Capitol Hill -- have to go. If we need any more proof about what they think, you heard it tonight. It's an absolute disgrace.”
Bannon was referring to Sen. Corker’s recent criticism of President Trump.
In a tweet on Sunday, Corker called the Trump White House an adult daycare center.
Later, Corker complained to The New York Times about Trump’s tweets, some of them very critical of Corker himself. Corker told the newspaper it feels like Trump is playing a part on “a reality show of some kind.” Corker also criticized Trump’s handling of foreign policy, saying the president “doesn’t realize, you know, that we could be heading towards World War III, with the kind of comments that he's making.”
“If Bob Corker has any honor, any decency, he should resign immediately,” Bannon told Hannity. “He should not let those words stand that he said about the president of the United States.”
Corker announced last week that he plans to leave the Senate at the end of the year. Bannon said he’d like to see Corker replaced by Marsha Blackburn, whom he called “a real conservative.”
“There’s a basic agenda that President Trump ran on and won,” Bannon noted. “He carried states that Republicans haven’t carried in living memory -- Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. This agenda works. The American people voted for it… And by the way, McConnell would not be majority leader unless Trump in North Carolina and Missouri and Wisconsin was able to carry those senators across the finish line.”
Bannon said it’s incumbent on Republicans to back President Trump’s agenda, “but you don't see it. What you saw, what Corker said today, it's what they talk about on Capitol Hill. That's why I left the White House. Remember, I said I'm going after the Republican establishment. And we’re going to go after them.”
Bannon said he’s building a coalition “that’s going to challenge every Republican incumbent” except Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
“We’re spending a ton of time with the grassroots organizations to make sure these candidates are fully vetted,” he said. “You’re going to see people announced this week that are going to have experience in government, you’re going to see some outsiders that are authentic…you’re going to see real candidates -- and by the way, they’re going to take on incumbents in every state and they’re going to take on the Democrats after that.”
Bannon said the Republican establishment lacks a sense of urgency. “By the way, these guys work three days a week,” he said, at a time when some Americans are working two jobs to make ends meet because they are the victims of bad trade deals.
“We are declaring war on the Republican establishment that does not back the agenda that Donald Trump ran on,” Bannon said.
Big donors are joining the effort, he added, “because they are tired of having their money burned up” on establishment candidates.
“It’s a new game in town. We’re going to cut off the oxygen to Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell’s biggest asset is the money. We’re going to make it the biggest liability. We’re going after these guys tooth and nail.”
Bannon said the effort to “blow up the establishment” and take the country back won’t happen in one election cycle.
“This is something you’re going to have to grind out, day in and day out, for the next 5, 10, 15, 20 years…But you know what? The grit determination and courage of the American working men and women – we’re going to win.”