Utah lawmakers clap back at Bannon after he trashes Romney

Posted December 08, 2017

Playing the veteran card against Romney is pure hypocrisy on Bannon's part, considering he never denigrated his former boss and continued confidant, President Donald Trump, for his lack of service.

Kellyanne Conway said on CNN Wednesday that the two had a "wonderful conversation". Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to run for re-election in a bid to block Romney - who has been sharply critical of Trump since the 2016 campaign - from seeking the seat.

Regardless of whether Hatch or Romney run, now Bannon's endorsement will be toxic to any candidate in Utah.

Although Mr. Romney has not made a formal announcement of his plans, it's been reported that he would step in should Mr. Hatch, a Republican who is 83 years old, decide to retire at the end of his term. "Morally different universes." On Monday, in response to the president's de facto endorsement of Moore, Romney tweeted unequivocally that having "Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation" and "No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity".

Bannon has vowed to wage war against GOP establishment figures he accuses of setting out to derail Trump's populist agenda-and backed Moore against establishment candidate Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primaries in September.

"Bannon's attacks. are disappointing and unjustified", said Hatch, a fellow Mormon like many in the state. Because Moore served in Vietnam, while Romney received deferments as he completed college and served as a Mormon missionary in France.

"We hope you will continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a very long time to come", Trump said at the event at the state capitol to announce a reduction of federal protected lands in Utah.

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Hatch, 83, is believed to be considering retirement, and Romney, the former MA governor who now lives in Utah, is eyeing a run. "Do not talk about honor and integrity".

"You ran for commander in chief and had five sons - not one day of service in Afghanistan or Iraq".

"Steve Bannon, #stayout of Utah". Trump, too, sought deferments to avoid service in Vietnam.

The president replied "yes" when asked Monday if he was encouraging the Utah Republican to run for re-election during a visit to a Salt Lake City food bank.

"I also resent anyone attacking a person's religious views, but particularly our own Christian LDS faith and the selfless service of missionary work", Hatch said in his statement. Though McConnell confirmed on Tuesday that Moore can expect an immediate ethics probe if he's elected, he and many other top Republicans now argue that Alabamans are free to elect a man accused of wooing teenagers to represent them in Congress - and it seems that's what they'll do.

"Utahns rejects the ugly politics and tactics" of Bannon, he added.