FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP/WALA) Former White House adviser Steve Bannon, rallying support for embattled Republican Roy Moore, called the Alabama Senate race a referendum on the Trump agenda.
Bannon visited the state Tuesday night to support the Republican Senate candidate who faces allegations of sexual misconduct with teens years ago.
Taking the stage to prolonged applause at an Alabama rally, Bannon said establishment Republican, and now Democrats, are trying to stop Moore's climb to the U.S. Senate.
Bannon told the cheering crowd that establishment Republicans, "think you are a bunch of rubes" and urged them to be "the voice of the deplorables."
Both Bannon and Moore called out the establishment, Bannon specifically pointing out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"The Republican establishment campaigned for a Democrat for four weeks and we're gonna hold you accountable Mitch, it's gonna be a little harder than saying let the folks of Alabama decide...the folks of Alabama were already gonna decide Mitch," said Bannon.
Bannon lashed out at Democrat Doug Jones, saying a vote for him is a vote for the "Clinton agenda."
A demonstrator briefly interrupted Bannon's speech with shouts of "No Moore." He, along with another protester who spoke out during Moore's speech, were escorted out quickly by sheriff's deputies. The rally went on with
Speaking after Bannon, Moore says establishment Republicans "don't want me" in Washington. He is promising an enthusiastic crowd that he will be a supporter of President Donald Trump's agenda.
"This Senate race is the first Senate race since Donald Trump was elected and it means something special it means we're gonna see if the people of Alabama will support the President and his agenda in Washington by electing someone that's not part of the establishment there," said Moore.
Moore is not mentioning the allegations against him, but is calling the election a "spiritual battle."
But a group called the "The Handmaids," did mention those allegations, chanting "we want a senator, not a predator" outside the venue's doors before the rally. They too, were told to leave the property. They continued to protest with signs along Highway 98 near the venue sign as people arrived.
The former judge, known for religious-themed politics, used social issues to rally the crowd, criticizing legalized abortion and the presence of transgender individuals serving in the military.
Moore says he "can't wait" to take "Alabama values to Washington, D.C."
His supporters say Moore's values are why they are voting for him. They also discredited the recent allegations.
"I think there's no question in our mind because we believe in a lot more conservative values than any of the democrats believe in. We don't know what he might have done in his past, we really believe that the things that they're reporting got a lot of holes in them, especially with Gloria Alred, is used to support a lady that's supposed to be a Republican, why would you pick someone like that. All that kind of smells to me," says Tommie Peterson, a Fairhope resident.
"His history, a proven record of doing honest things. These allegations are just more liberal garbage, I don't believe them, they conveniently come up four weeks before the election," echos another supporter, Melissa Jones.
This rally comes just four days before President Donald Trump visits Pensacola. He is expected to mention Roy Moore, who he recently officially endorsed.
Voters hit the polls December 12th.
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FOX10 News Reporters Alexa Knowles and Lee Peck contributed to this report.