By Michael Houltt
According to an article in Vanity Fair, former White House advisor Steve Bannon said he is considering running for president in 2020, if President Donald Trump decides to step down.
According to Vanity Fair writer Gabriel Sherman, Bannon doubts if Trump will make it to 2020.
“In October, Bannon called an adviser and said he would consider running for president if Trump doesn’t run for re-election in 2020,” said Sherman, “Which Bannon has told people is a realistic possibility. In private conversations since leaving the White House, Bannon said Trump only has a 30 percent chance of serving out his term, whether he’s impeached or removed by the Cabinet invoking the 25th amendment. That prospect seemed to become more likely in early December when special counsel Robert Mueller secured a plea deal from former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Bannon has also remarked on the toll the office has taken on Trump, telling advisers his former boss has ‘lost a step.’ ‘He’s like an 11-year-old child,’ Bannon joked to a friend in November.”
Bannon has never run for political office. After being ousted from the White House, he has taken to backing far-right candidates such as Judge Roy Moore, who went down in flames and caused Democrats to win their first Alabama senate race in 25 years. Bannon’s main claim to fame is running Breitbart, which has turned into a mouthpiece for white supremacists. Bannon is also backing Erik Prince, founder of the infamous mercenary army Blackwater, to run for Senate.
Washington, D.C. insiders found a potential Bannon candidacy hilarious, according to interviews with the Business Standard News.
“Steve Bannon?” said a Republican Senate aide. “I’d rather have Sarah Palin run again and let her boozy son, Track, drive the campaign bus.”
An insider at the Democratic National Committee was equally amused.
“Bannon has as much chance of being president as Jill Stein becoming head of the CIA,” he said. “Please let him run.”