Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

Kushner Approves Of Bannon Declaring War On GOP Incumbents

Jared Kushner sent a text message to Steve Bannon approving of Bannon’s combative Fox News appearance on Monday, in which the former White House chief strategist claimed he is recruiting primary challengers for nearly every Republican senator up for reelection next year.

Bannon received the message at a steakhouse across the street from Fox News’s New York studios, multiple sources told Politico.

“Corker, McConnell, the entire clique – establishment, globalist clique – on Capitol Hill have to go,” Bannon told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Politico reporter Annie Karni wrote that Kushner’s declaration of support surprised Bannon’s dining companions because Bannon’s strategy “undercuts the very members of Congress the White House needs as partners if Trump wants to pass any part of his domestic agenda, including tax reform.”

Indeed, while Bannon, the head of Breitbart News, has long been dismissive of conservative politicians making compromises, Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump have been hosting bipartisan dinners in their home to discuss issues of shared concern like criminal justice reform.

Kushner’s show of support is also surprising given how often the two were at loggerheads during Bannon’s time in the White House, with Bannon reportedly promising to “go to war” against White House “globalists” like Kushner after he resigned.

Contact Aiden Pink at [email protected] or on Twitter, @aidenpink

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.