Steve Bannon Predicts 'Sweeping' MAGA Wins in 2022 and 2024, Urges Quick Government Takeover

Steve Bannon believes the far-right pro-Trump Make American Great Again (MAGA) movement will have "sweeping" victories in 2022 and then again in 2024, as he calls for a quick takeover of the federal government.

Bannon served as a senior counselor to former President Donald Trump during his first year in the White House in 2017. The right-wing political strategist also served as the chief executive officer of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. He was formally pardoned by Trump in January after he was charged with fraud in connection with a crowdfunding campaign to construct a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Although Democrats may currently control the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House, Bannon predicts that's all going to change in the next couple of elections.

"We're going to have a sweeping victory in 2022 and that's just the preamble to a sweeping victory in 2024, and this time we're going to be ready—and have a MAGA perspective, MAGA policies, not the standard Republican policies," Bannon told NBC News.

The prominent Trump ally said that the MAGA movement should be ready following the coming elections to swiftly co-opt the federal government.

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Steve Bannon predicted that pro-Trump Republicans will have "sweeping" victories in 2022 and 2024. In this photo, Bannon speaks during a conference of the Marrakesh-pact at the Flemish Parliament on December 8, 2018, in Brussels, Belgium. Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

"If you're going to take over the administrative state and deconstruct it then you have to have shock troops prepared to take it over immediately," Bannon said.

Bannon now hosts the War Room podcast, which regularly features interviews with right-wing figures and Trump associates like MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Representatives Marjorie Taylor Green and Matt Gaetz, and various conspiracy theorists who falsely claim the 2020 election was "rigged" in favor of President Joe Biden. Trump continues to promote this baseless allegation to rally his supporters, but the former president and his allies have not provided evidence substantiating the accusation.

Earlier this year, Bannon floated the idea that Trump could become Speaker of the House following the 2022 midterm elections. He made the remarks during a February event for Boston Republicans.

"He'll come back to us. We'll have a sweeping victory in 2022, and he'll lead us in 2024," Bannon said in a speech at the event. He went on to suggest that Republicans could appoint Trump to lead the House of Representatives if they retake control of the legislative chamber in 2022.

"We totally get rid of Nancy Pelosi, and the first act of President Trump as Speaker [of the House] will be to impeach Joe Biden for his illegitimate activities of stealing the presidency," he said. Other right-wing commentators have since promoted the idea as well.

Under the Constitution, any American can be appointed as Speaker of the House if they garner enough support from within the legislative chamber. The person does not necessarily need to be elected to Congress or to any office in order to be selected for the role by the majority of House members.

Trump said the idea was "very interesting" during an interview with far-right radio host Wayne Allyn Root in June.

Republicans feel confident they will regain control of the House following the 2022 midterms, and possibly the Senate, as well. Historical precedent suggests that the GOP will gain a substantial number of seats, as the party of the president in power generally loses a significant amount of seats during the midterms of their first four years in office. With Democrats only holding power by the slimmest of margins, even a few seats flipping would be enough to return the House to Republican control.

Pelosi, a California Democrat, has dismissed the possibility of Republicans regaining power. "I know we will win in the Congress. People say, 'Well, in the off-year, it's not the good year.' But, I think any assumptions about politics are obsolete," Pelosi told reporters in September.

"We live in a whole new world of communication and the rest. And I think that all of our members who survived Trump being on the ballot with them will survive next year because Trump's not on the ballot," the House Speaker said.

Trump has not officially announced whether or not he plans to run for president again in 2024. However, he has hinted repeatedly that this is his plan. Close associates have also said they believe he will almost certainly run again.

Former senior Trump adviser Jason Miller told Cheddar News last month that the chances of the former president running again are "somewhere between 99 and 100 percent." Miller said that he thinks Trump is "definitely running in 2024."

Newsweek reached out to Trump's press office for comment but did not receive a response before publication.