|Steve Bannon has a plan to reshape Congress for Trump.|
|FRC president Tony Perkins claims to know the plan, calls it 'doable.'|
The belief that the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit represented a possible fusion between the religious right and the alt-right just gained another notch of credibility today.
According to People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch, FRC president Tony Perkins was bragging he knows about Steve Bannon's plan to "reshape" the GOP. You will remember that it was during the Values Voter Summit that Bannon talked about "declaring war" on the Republican Party.
Bannon, a former official in the Trump Administration and editor of the far right publication Breitbart, has recently been openly supporting GOP primary candidates for Congress. His candidates lean to the very far right, such as anti-LGBTQ activist and former Alabama judge Roy Moore. His goal is to get elect a Congress more supportive of Donald Trump.
Needless to say, his efforts have a lot of Republicans, particularly Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, worried.
One of the reasons is Bannon's ties to the racist alt-right. According to a Buzzfeed article, Breitbart under Bannon's leadership pushed racist alt-right ideas in its reporting and into the mainstream.
However, FRC's Perkins isn't bothered by any of this. In fact, he bragged about knowing Bannon's plan:
During yesterday’s episode of his “Washington Watch” radio program, Perkins agreed with a caller that voters should not donate money to the Republican Party. Instead, Perkins encouraged listeners to donate money directly to candidates and groups like the Family Research Council instead. Perkins cited his conversations with Bannon as part of his fundraising pitch. “I’ve talked with Steve Bannon. I know the plan, and I think it’s a doable plan. It’s working. I mean, Flake is peeled off and there’s more to come,” Perkins said, referring to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s announcement that he would not seek reelection due to the state of the Republican Party under President Trump.
When the president of an anti-LGBTQ hate group is bragging about being privy to the plans of another man who has ties to the racist alt-right and those plans are to reshape Congress, we are all in trouble. Particularly the LGBTQ community.
This issue will be followed and visited again before next year's mid-term elections. Trust me on that one.