Steve Bannon Sees One Big Lesson From Tuesday
'You can't fake the Trump agenda,' he says of Ed Gillespie's loss in Virginia
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2017 10:46 AM CST
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Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Trump, speaks in Macomb County, Mich., on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – Lots of pundits are calling Tuesday's election results a defeat for President Trump and his agenda. One-time senior aide Steve Bannon has a different take: Losing candidates weren't Trumpian enough. "One of the things about the Gillespie campaign is that you can't fake the Trump agenda," Bannon said, referring to Republican Ed Gillespie's loss in the Virginia governor's race. Trump's "is a winning agenda," he told a gathering of Republicans Wednesday in Macomb County, Mich., per NBC News. "This is the agenda America needs now." Gillespie embraced some of Trump's views on immigration and crime during the campaign, but Bannon still views Gillespie as an "establishment" candidate at heart.

Along those anti-establishment lines, Bannon also again went after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, blaming him for not getting Trump's initiatives passed. "You cannot be nice to these guys," Bannon said, referring to McConnell, per the AP. "You have to drop the hammer. That's what he understands." Bannon also appeared on Fox News Wednesday, where he called for McConnell's resignation, reports Politico. “I'm to the point that I think Mitch McConnell, to really bring unity to the Republican Party and get things done, I think Mitch McConnell ought to tender his resignation,” Bannon told Sean Hannity. But he suggested McConnell wait until after a proposed overhaul of the tax system is passed. (Trump similarly says that Gillespie didn't "embrace me or what I stand for.")

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