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Steve Bannon and his Breitbart “war machine” made the Alabama GOP primary a referendum on the entire Republican party. Now it seeks to do the same with the fate of Jared Kushner, whom Bannon loathes, as he first indicated last February when he lashed out, calling Kushner a “cuck” and a “globalist.” The battle has escalated and this past week alone Breitbart has published eight articles nailing Kushner for everything from filling out his voter registration as a woman, to encouraging Trump to vote for Luther Strange. Newsweek:

But other articles were plainly calculated to embarrass Kushner with Trump’s base, if not with Trump himself. The headline of a column by John Nolte, for example, called the Strange endorsement “the latest awful advice” given to the president by Kushner. Nolte recounts other decisions for which Kushner is said to have been responsible, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as the White House communications director. As Nolte puts it, “How many ‘fool me once’ chances will the 36-year-old Mr. Kushner receive from his devoted father-in-law?”

Another article gleefully summarizes an unflattering Vanity Fair profile of Kushner, highlighting its comparison of Kushner to Fredo Corleone, the incompetent mafia-family scion in The Godfather. […]

If the Alabama contest was, as some have said, a proxy fight, it was not between Bannon and Trump (who plainly regrets having endorsed Strange) but between Bannon and Kushner, seen by the right as a destructively moderating force whose influence is marred only by his incompetence.

The irony of Breitbart’s broadsides against Kushner is that Democrats and the left have similar complaints about the callow Kushner and the inordinate amount of power he wields.

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The final indignity this week was when a Breitbart poll indicated that of Trump’s family members, Melania and Ivanka are the most liked by conservatives, and Jared sits dead last.

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