MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Dr. Sebastian Gorka will campaign for Judge Roy Moore here in Montgomery, alongside 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday evening. Breitbart News first reported that Palin was traveling here to campaign for Moore, and now Gorka confirmed to Breitbart News Tuesday morning that he is also hitting the trail in Alabama for Moore.
“President Trump told me he is still committed to the original MAGA [Make America Great Again] agenda,” Gorka, a former deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, who has since left the administration, told Breitbart News on Tuesday morning. “We are here to support him in a time when he is surrounded by people who had nothing to do with the success of November 8 and the true MAGA agenda.”
Gorka added that he plans to back all candidates who are just as anti-establishment as Donald Trump was last year.
“Donald Trump was the quintessential anti-establishment candidate,” Gorka said. “The right- and left-wing elite are trying to undermine the people’s choice for president. We will work with any American who has had enough of the Swamp’s ‘business as usual’ attitude and their elitist policies.”
Gorka, Axios’ Jonathan Swan, and Mike Allen reported on Tuesday morning, has joined a group called the MAGA Coalition. MAGA Coalition, along with Great America Alliance, is co-sponsoring Thursday evening’s Palin-Gorka rally in Alabama. The new group MAGA Coalition will feature Gorka as “chief strategist,” which was the title that Stephen K. Bannon had when he was in the White House; Bannon is now back at Breitbart News and is also supportive of Moore’s candidacy in Alabama.
“He’s co-headlining a rally with Sarah Palin in Montgomery, Alabama, Thursday night,” Allen wrote. “The Palin-Gorka rally will promote Roy Moore, the controversial anti-establishment candidate running against incumbent Sen. Luther Strange.”
This is obviously significant because on Friday night President Trump is campaigning for Luther Strange, the establishment candidate whose incumbency in the Senate came under entirely questionable circumstances when he was appointed by now-former disgraced ex-Gov. Robert Bentley. Strange was the attorney general of Alabama and was investigating the governor for a corruption and sex scandal over which the governor eventually resigned. But first, the governor appointed Strange into the Senate seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Strange asked the Alabama legislature to hold off on impeachment proceedings and before the governor was eventually forced to resign.
Notably, the same Washington establishment forces that tried to stop Trump from getting elected last year are trying to help Strange defeat Moore.
“A month ago, Gorka and Steve Bannon were working in President Trump’s White House,” Allen wrote in Axios. “Now they are preparing to go head-to-head against the president to support an anti-establishment candidate who is loathed by the same establishment that originally loathed Trump.”
Details about the Gorka-Palin rally time and location are forthcoming, event organizers told Breitbart News. But Gorka’s hitting the campaign trail is a huge development.
A tsunami of Republican Establishment funding and dark money political contributions is hitting Alabama in support of Luther Strange’s high-stakes contest against Roy Moore for the Senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions.
A non-profit group called “America First Policies” has said it will spend nearly $500,000 for pro-Strange digital ads, direct mail pieces, and get-out-the-vote phone calls in the week ahead of Alabama’s run-off election, BuzzFeed News reported. The group was started by President Donald Trump’s former campaign aides shortly after the inauguration.
Strange has raised at least $3.2 million dollars in this election cycle, nearly double the average for a Senate candidate, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He finished second in last month’s primary against first-place winner Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Most of that has come from large contributors, with less than one percent raised from small individual donors. Political action committees have donated nealy a million dollars.
Moore has raised just $459,807, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. More than a third of that came from small contributions and none from political action committees.
Outside money has poured into the race, which has become a critical battleground for the Republican establishment’s fight against conservative populism and economic nationalism. The Senate Leadership Fund and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have invested around a million dollars on behalf of Strange, as has the National Rifle Association. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and his allies have pushed big-money Republican donors to support Strange.
Because political non-profits such as America First Policies are not required to disclose their donors, the money they spend to influence voters is known as “dark money.”
MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Senate Leadership Fund, a PAC affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backing Luther Strange, is flooding the state of Alabama here with more false attack ads against conservative Judge Roy Moore that hurt President Donald Trump’s agenda.
The attack ads—which have been proven demonstrably false by not just Breitbart News but also PolitiFact—falsely claim that Judge Roy Moore does not support President Trump’s border wall.
After Breitbart News and PolitiFact demonstrated that the first ad that Senate Leadership Fund did on this was untrue, Senate Leadership Fund came back with two more separate ads that also are untrue—and use the same quotes out of context to attack Moore.
“The ad uses video selectively,” PolitiFact wrote, rating the ad “mostly false.”
“The Senate Leadership Fund ad describes Moore as being on the ‘wrong side of Trump’s border wall,’” PolitiFact added in its ruling. “Based on that and the clips in the ad, most viewers might reasonably think that means Moore is against a wall. In fact, Moore doesn’t want to wait and would rather deploy the American military immediately to secure the border with Mexico. If after that a wall is needed, he said the country should build it. What we have is more of a difference on tactics, not overall strategy or outcomes. The ad makes it sound like the gap is more than that. The ad contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts the would give a different impression. We rate it Mostly False.”
So, now after the first ad was demonstrated to be entirely untrue, Senate Leadership Fund is out with two new ones that do the same thing on Tuesday—and one that recycles old attacks against Moore’s work for a charity:
Of course, suggesting that a Republican who does support the president’s agenda does not support the president’s agenda—in other words, intentionally creating division inside the GOP between the president and frontrunner candidate for the U.S. Senate—hurts the president and his agenda.
Breitbart News has repeatedly asked multiple staffers for the Strange campaign whether he supports or disavows the Senate Leadership Fund ads that hurt the president and his agenda and falsely attack Moore with deceptively edited videos, and Strange has refused to answer.
What makes all of this even more odd is that Trump himself is heading down here to Alabama on Friday to campaign for Strange in the Huntsville area, despite the fact that Moore is more in line with the principles he espoused over the course of the campaign. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to campaign for Strange next Monday here in the state.
Moore, meanwhile, enjoys a commanding lead—despite the millions upon millions of dollars in attack ads against him, most of which are false.