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A day after President Donald Trump endorsed US Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon campaigned in the state, telling a crowd that allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore were part of a smear campaign to keep him from office.
"They want to destroy Judge Roy Moore and you know why?" Bannon asked at the rally in Fairhope, Alabama. "They want to take your voice away."
Trump originally supported Moore’s opponent in the Republican primary, Luther Strange, who was favored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other members of the Republican establishment. Moore defeated Strange in the primary and now faces Democrat Doug Jones in the December 12 special election to replace Jeff Sessions, who became US Attorney General in the Trump administration.
Bannon, who left the White House in August after a power struggle and rejoined the Breitbart News Network right-wing website, was a major proponent of Trump’s “America First” agenda during the 2016 election campaign.
Trump, Bannon said, "understands where Roy Moore stands." He called the Alabama Senate race "a referendum on the Trump program."