President Trump's former deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, was ousted last month shortly after Gorka's "economic nationalist" ally, Stephen Bannon, was also given the boot. Like many recent departures from the White House, Gorka apparently signed on to help Trump from the outside with his new job, serving as chief strategist of the "MAGA Coalition," Axios reports. Only, the MAGA Coalition's first mission is to get a Senate candidate elected who is running against a candidate endorsed by Trump.
In the announcement of Gorka's addition to the MAGA Coalition, the group quoted Gorka slamming "D.C. swamp-dwellers [who think] they know better than the people they represent."
The tension boils down to the Senate race in Alabama, where the anti-establishment Bannon-backed candidate Roy Moore is taking on incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who is supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Trump. As part of his work with the MAGA Coalition, Gorka and Sarah Palin plan to host a rally Thursday night in support of Moore, while Trump is expected to hold a rally on Saturday for Strange.
Moore leads Strange by as much as 13 points in polls, with the election set for next Tuesday, Axios reports.