Trump staked his political reputation on the advice of Steve Bannon, his hard-right former chief strategist who campaigned hard for Moore despite sexual misconduct allegations from nine different women – including two who said he molested them when they were teen girls.
A senior administration official told DailyMail.com on Tuesday night that Bannon had guaranteed to the president that Moore would win in the deep-red state where Trump himself triumphed by 28 points last year.
‘He’s really upset right now,’ the official said of the president shortly after Trump’s tweet hit the Internet.
A Republican strategist told DailyMail.com that Tuesday night ‘will be Steve Bannon’s political epitaph.’
‘There’s no way to see this other than a huge defeat for the GOP, and it’s mostly because Bannon bamboozled the president with his Svengali pocket-watch,’ the veteran of more than 20 congressional elections said.
‘Mitch McConnell will take some lumps,’ he added, ‘but this was all Bannon’s doing. And political capital at Breitbart has just fallen through the floor too.’ Breitbart News, a conservative website where Bannon is executive chairman, had pushed hard for Moore.