Steve Bannon is trying to refashion the Republican party in his own image, which could further destabilize its unity and hurt its success at the polls, infers Alexander Nazaryan of Newsweek. The Breitbart editor has been sponsoring his own candidates to defeat the GOP ones, which succeeded in an Alabama Republican primary. This happened even though President Trump supported the latter candidate. Bannon’s dislike for mainstream politics risks the GOP keeping its stronghold during the 2018 midterms. His ideological stubbornness could make him a thorn in the side of Republicans. Such political activism isn’t helping their cause.
The Republican party has lost its touch with conservatives, unlike Steve Bannon, believes Mark Bauerlein of CNN. After the 2012 election, Republicans sought to be more inclusive and preach tolerance while still maintaining a conservative economic policy. This partly led to the rise of President Trump, as voters felt they were being abandoned by party leaders. Bannon is feeding conservative’s ideals with his appeal to class and ethnicity. The identity politics that the GOP has shunned still resonate heavily with a huge part of the population. Bannon has a better understanding of the country than the Republican party and is doing well in using this.