Stephen K. Bannon has identified the perfect person to convince Alabama voters who might be wavering on Roy Moore that the GOP Senate candidate's alleged pursuit of teenage girls is nothing more than a smear campaign by Democrats, establishment Republicans and the media, all working in cahoots: NBC's Chuck Todd.
“Even Chuck Todd, the swampiest creature of swamp creatures, he walked through it yesterday on 'Meet the Press,'" Bannon said Monday on the “Breitbart News Daily” SiriusXM radio show. “He said it felt completely orchestrated.”
One problem: That's not really what Todd said.
Todd's “orchestrated” assessment referred to the way Capitol Hill Republicans responded, almost in unison, to The Washington Post's report that four women claim Moore inappropriately touched, kissed or tried to date them when they were teens and he was in his 30s.
“Mitch McConnell, the way he's been — this clearly felt almost orchestrated,” Todd said. “The minute, within an hour, this came out, many of the McConnell allies came out and said, 'He's got to go.' Sounds like Mitch McConnell has decided it's worse if Roy Moore wins.”
It did indeed appear that McConnell and fellow Republicans had agreed their position would be that Moore should drop out if the allegations against him were true. On Monday, hours before a fifth woman came forward and claimed that Moore groped her when she was 16, McConnell said he believes the first four women are telling the truth.
Republicans orchestrating their response to the allegations is not improper and certainly not the same thing as colluding with Democrats and the media to publish a false report. But Bannon is trying to muddy the waters and dupe voters into believing that even Chuck Todd suspects Moore is the victim of a conspiracy.
Why? Because Bannon thinks the perception that Todd is on his side will make his argument stronger.
“You ought to play that clip 20 times between now and the end of the show,” Bannon told “Breitbart News Daily” host Alex Marlow, who is editor in chief of the Breitbart website.