Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon ripped into one-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his lack of military service during the Vietnam War in response to Romney’s denunciation of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“By the way, Mitt, while we’re on the subject of Vietnam and honor and integrity, you avoided service, brother,” Bannon told a crowd during a Moore rally in Alabama on Tuesday. “You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam.”
Romney, a devout Mormon, received a deferment from the draft on religious grounds and spent some of the Vietnam War years serving as a missionary in France.
Bannon went on to attack Romney’s family, saying, “You ran for commander in chief, you had five sons, not one day of service in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have 7,000 dead and 52,000 casualties, and where were the Romneys during those wars? You want to talk about honor and integrity, brother, bring it down here to Alabama.”
Let me try to explain.
– Mitt Romney avoiding Vietnam: BAD
– Donald Trump avoiding Vietnam: OK
– Anthony Weiner sexting underage girls: BAD
– Roy Moore touching underage girls: OK
– Barack Obama golfing: BAD
– Donald Trump golfing: OK
— Steve Bannon (@PRESlDENTBANNON) December 6, 2017
Steve Bannon now attacking Mitt Romney for not serving in Vietnam. “You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies.”
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 6, 2017
As Bannon attacks Romney’s religion, a friendly reminder that Trump claimed bone spurs so that he could avoid serving in Vietnam. https://t.co/sySKSvDgo3
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) December 6, 2017
Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 4, 2017