Despite Donald Trump’s failing presidency and his plummeting approval rating, former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon said on Saturday that the president will win 400 electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.
The reason, according to Bannon, is because of a white national “revolt” that is happening all across the country.
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon: “Pres. Trump’s not only going to finish this term, he’s going to win with 400 electoral votes in 2020.” pic.twitter.com/uzX4epfStq
— ABC News (@ABC) October 14, 2017
In the remarks, which Bannon delivered at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, he said:
The populist, nationalist, conservative revolt that’s going on, that drove Donald Trump to victory, that drove Judge Moore to victory, that will drive 15 candidates to victory in 2018, and I hate to break the news to Graydon Carter and the good folks at Vanity Fair, but yes, President Trump is not only going to finish this term, he’s going to win with 400 electoral votes in 2020.
Bannon is correct that there is a white nationalist revolt going on across America as the U.S. becomes increasingly diverse. It’s certainly a big reason why Trump was able to eke an Electoral College victory last November, despite losing the popular vote by 3 million to Hillary Clinton.
We saw this “revolt” play out most recently in Charlottesville, Virginia when a crowd of alt-right Nazis – a group with which Bannon would fit quite nicely – held rallies that led to the death of an anti-racism protester.
Bannon is wrong, however, to believe that these deplorable human beings – yes, deplorable – make up a majority of the country. They didn’t constitute a majority in the 2016 election when most voters chose Clinton as their president, and they certainly won’t in 2020, after Trump has shown himself to be a dangerous, incompetent and mentally unstable commander-in-chief.
Catering to vile, white supremacist hate groups may have been a (barely) winning strategy in 2016, but as more Americans wake up to the damage this president does each day, it isn’t likely to work again in the next presidential election.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.