President Steve Bannon? Former Strategist Saw Himself As POTUS If Trump Was Impeached, Book Claims

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon considered a future where he would step in and run the country if President Donald Trump was impeached or stood down, a book on the presidential election claims.

Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green suggests Bannon openly discussed the possibility of assuming Trump’s position, although it was not clear how seriously his musings were taken.

“If Trump quit or was impeached, Bannon told friends, it would eliminate the first great champion of Trumpism—but it wouldn’t be a negative judgment on the politics that had swept him into office,” an extract of the book, shared by Politico on Monday, read.

“In such a scenario, who better to succeed Trump than the man who got him elected? Bannon shared his interest in running for president with only a few close friends, and even they were never quite sure how seriously to take these flights of fancy,” the extract continued.

Green is not the only writer to observe that the former Breitbart executive chairman may have had ambitions or illusions that went beyond standing behind President Trump. In the tell-all book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff observed how Bannon viewed Trump’s election victory as his own.

Despite insisting that he was behind Trump after the release of Fire and Fury, Bannon reportedly envisioned creating a new party.

“Bannon had thought hard enough about a path to the White House  that he’d even toyed with starting a new political party and settled on a name: the National Union Party,” Green wrote.

“That was the temporary name that Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party had adopted in 1864 to attract War Democrats and Unionists. In Bannon’s vision, it would now unite disaffected populists on both ends of the political spectrum,” the book added.