In a speech Saturday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon predicted that President Donald Trump will win the 2020 election in a landslide.
Appearing at the event one day after Trump spoke to the group, Bannon said, “President Trump’s not only gonna finish his term, he’s going to win with 400 electoral votes in 2020.”
Trump earned 304 Electoral College votes in the 2016 presidential election, with Hillary Clinton receiving 227 votes.
According to the Washington Examiner, Bannon, who has returned as the chairman of Breitbart News, is using his platform to again warn members of the Republican establishment, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Bannon is reportedly planning to back primary challengers to many Republican senators running for re-election in 2018. Bannon will support as many as 15 Republican Senate candidates, including several challengers to incumbents, Bloomberg News reported, citing three people familiar with Bannon’s plans.
At a September campaign rally for Judge Roy Moore, who won his bid to be the Republican nominee for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Bannon said, “Mitch McConnell and this permanent political class is the most corrupt and incompetent group of individuals in this country.”
Bannon warned the Republican establishment, “your day of reckoning is coming,” according to The Hill.
Bloomberg News said Bannon has begun planning for the 2018 midterms by meeting with major donors, potential candidates and grassroots strategists.
Senators expected to be targeted by Bannon include Republicans Dean Heller of Nevada, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah, should the latter seek re-election instead of retiring.
Bannon is also taking aim at Senator Jeff Flake, R.-Ariz., and, should Senator John McCain, R.-Ariz., who is battling brain cancer, leave office early, Bannon is expected to back a primary challenger for his seat.
Vanity Fair reported earlier this week that Bannon believes Trump has only a “30 percent chance of making it the full term.”
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/rpK7tXfLLM
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According to two sources with knowledge of a conversation that occurred several months ago, Bannon informed Trump that the risk to his presidency was not impeachment, but the 25th Amendment, which allows a majority of the Cabinet to vote to remove the president from office.
When Bannon referred to the 25th Amendment, Trump reportedly said, “What’s that?”
During his speech Saturday, Bannon corrected that story, saying it was published by “Graydon Carter and the good folks at Vanity Fair.”