Although some one-time allies of former President Donald Trump have turned on him since he left office, at least one prominent supporter still believes in him.
According to recent reports, ex-campaign official Steve Bannon gave Trump a glowing review and shared optimistic projections about his political future, which could cost House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) her job.
“We totally get rid of Nancy Pelosi”
In a speech on Saturday to a group of Republicans in Boston, Massachusetts, Bannon asserted that he “absolutely believes” the Trump movement will live on. He projected that the 45th president will mount a successful bid for a second term in the White House in 2024 — possibly costing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) her job in the process.
The former strategist and longtime ally suggested that Trump could return to power in a trajectory that includes running for Congress next year and taking Pelosi’s position as House speaker.
From there, he painted a scenario in which Trump leads an impeachment effort against President Joe Biden for “stealing” the November election, using his office as a launching pad for a comeback presidential run.
“We totally get rid of Nancy Pelosi, and the first act of President Trump as speaker will be to impeach Joe Biden for his illegitimate activities of stealing the presidency,” Bannon said.
He went on to describe Trump as “a disrupter” who has a “long-term vision,” asserting that he believes that Trump will be the GOP presidential nominee ahead of the next presidential election.
“He’ll lead us in 2024”
“We’ll have a sweeping victory in 2022, and he’ll lead us in 2024,” Bannon predicted.
While a route through the House of Representatives might seem far-fetched, much of the speech hinged on the future of the movement he helped create during the 2016 election season.
Bannon, who received a presidential pardon in the final days of the Trump administration, does not seem to have lost any confidence in the potential of realizing his nationalist agenda.
He expressed confidence that Trump will remain the leader of the GOP and a populist ideology that became synonymous with the “Make America Great Again” movement.
For his part, Trump has made it clear that he intends to stay active in the political realm, threatening this week to lead a primary fight for the soul of his party by targeting establishment Republicans up for re-election in next year’s midterms.