Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he has “zero” doubt that President Trump will run for reelection in 2020. He also said that he thinks Trump will win.
“I happen to think now, the president is going to run again in 2020 and I think he’ll win. I think he’ll win bigger than he won in 2016,” Bannon said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” citing the strong economy.
The former publisher of Breitbart News also expressed his opinion that the release of the Mueller special counsel’s report will shake up the political landscape in ways we can’t completely predict, saying:
“I believe that we’re going to enter into an extraordinary time in American politics.”
“We’ve allowed the Democrats, because they take control of the House, to weaponize a whole bunch of investigations. They’ve been- They’re going to be able to weaponize the Mueller report, 2019’s going to be quite vitriolic.”
BANNON IN ROME: Mueller report release will trigger "quite a vitriolic time," the former White House chief strategist tells @sethdoane
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 24, 2019
Trump has often stated that he plans to run for reelection in 2020. He has already put together a campaign organization, and taken other steps that show he is serious.
He held his first campaign rally of 2019 in El Paso, Texas, earlier this month, and has tweeted regularly about Democratic plans to defeat him next year.
A large and growing field of Democratic challengers has come out in recent weeks. Among those who have declared their candidacy or formed exploratory committees are Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).
Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) are among those expected to decide on a 2020 bid in the coming weeks.
Bannon, who served in a top role on Trump‘s 2016 campaign, left the White House in the summer of 2017. He and Trump later had a falling out after Bannon was quoted extensively in the book “Fire and Fury” criticizing the president and his family.
It remains to be seen whether Steve Bannon’s predictions prove to be correct or not. There are many unknown factors which will surely influence the 2020 election and Donald Trump’s personal role in them.
It might be better if Steve Bannon and others like him refrain from making predictions until we see Mueller’s report and his evidence which will probably show that Trump committed numerous crimes, and also that he conspired with Russia to win the presidency in the first place.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.