Talk about palace intrigue!
If one were to believe excerpts from Josh Green’s new book, former White House strategist Steve Bannon was just biding his time, waiting to supplant President Donald Trump as commander-in-chief.
Green, a correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek and a CNN political analyst, is set to release his paperback book, “Devil’s Bargain,” which claims the fired aide was plotting his White House bid should Trump resign or be impeached.
“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,” Green explained, according to an excerpt published by Politico.
“In such a scenario, who better to succeed Trump than the man who got him elected?”
That man being Steve Bannon — at least, according to Green.
“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 book said.
Not only did he supposedly aspire for the highest office in the land, Bannon was also said to be looking at forming his own political party.
“But 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.”
Bannon’s alleged vision was to “unite disaffected populists on both ends of the political spectrum.”
“With support from financial benefactors like the Mercer family, he seemed to imagine such a path might be viable, and that a true devotee of right-wing nationalism — rather than a charlatan like Trump — could succeed where his predecessor had failed,” Green wrote.
Had President Trump resigned or been impeached, of course. Which has yet to happen. What did happen is Bannon was unceremoniously shown the door.
The book also states that Bannon saw Oprah Winfrey as a threat, saying the time has come and women “are gonna take charge of society.”
“Bannon thought Oprah might represent an existential threat to Trump’s presidency if she decided to campaign for Democrats in 2018,” Green said.
“She’d flip the House and they’d race to impeach him. But the movement was bigger than Oprah. ‘The anti-patriarchy movement is going to undo ten thousand years of recorded history,’ he said. ‘You watch. The time has come. Women are gonna take charge of society.”
“And they couldn’t juxtapose a better villain than Trump,” Green noted. “He is the patriarch.”
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