Stephen K. Bannon confident of Trump win in 2020

TOKYO – If U.S. President Donald Trump survives multiplying investigations into his campaign and business dealings, he will achieve a “bigger win” in the 2020 presidential election than in 2016, Steve Bannon, former chief strategist to Trump, said Wednesday.

Bannon, speaking in an interview with Kyodo News, said that while the probes by state authorities, federal investigators and congressional Democrats create “a fog of war” that makes it hard to get a clear picture, “given what I know today, given how tough he is, I think he definitely survives.”

“I think he becomes battle-hardened and actually tougher and actually meaner,” he said, projecting that Trump could win by 320 to 325 electoral votes. Trump beat his 2016 Democrat opponent, Hillary Clinton, by 304 electoral votes to 227.

Earlier Wednesday, Bannon told a Tokyo audience that while the Democrats would seek to “weaponize” their investigative powers and special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on possible Russian interference with the 2016 election, there was “zero collusion” between Russia and Trump’s campaign.

In the interview, Bannon cautioned that victory would depend on Trump fulfilling his campaign promise to build “the wall” across the U.S. border with Mexico which Trump says will stem the flow of illegal immigrants, drugs and crime. Trump’s opponents have decried the project as ineffective and racist.

“I told him from the very beginning, we don’t build the wall, you’re not going to be president in 2020,” he said. “He’s got to plow forward with trying to build the wall” and he needs “some organized attempt” to show his base that he is prepared to fulfill his promise if not a number of border miles completed.

With Trump’s Feb. 15 declaration of an emergency at the border to secure funds to build the wall likely to be nullified by Congress in coming days, the president is poised to exercise his veto. If that veto is overridden by Congress, it will be “enormously damaging” to the president, he said.

Bannon said the working class, which helped Trump’s win, will continue to support him because of a strengthening economy and rising wages.

He also argued Democratic Party presidential candidates’ shift to the left under the influence of young progressives gives an opening for Trump to exploit.

“You’ve seen the radicalization of the Democratic Party in taking relatively mainstream politicians like Kamala Harris and pull her to the left and I think it opens up an opportunity for President Trump and I think President Trump’s really going to contest this,” Bannon said, implying that he believes the shift has been too extreme for the American electorate.

Bannon, a populist, credits Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with being the “first individual on the world stage to really be a nationalist” before Trump, explaining “his whole thing was…making Japan strong and great again.”

“This entire movement throughout the world” of populism, including Prime Minister Victor Orban of Hungary and Matteo Salvini, deputy prime minister of Italy, “is really based upon people like Prime Minister Abe.”

Regarding Trump’s recent summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, which ended without an agreement on the country’s denuclearization, Bannon said the meeting was not a failure.

“I don’t think Hanoi was a defeat at all or a loss of opportunity,” he said, adding that there is more engagement between the two countries and that Trump has put more issues on the table with North Korea such as chemical and biological weapons.

“I think for Trump it was a win because it moved the process along,” he said. “Sometimes it takes to walk away to get the deal you want. And I think that’s what Trump understands being a dealmaker.”

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Steve Bannon: 2019 politics will be like ‘before the Civil War

Steve Bannon: 2019 politics will be like ‘before the Civil War

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s former chief strategist predicted a “nasty” year ahead for the commander-in-chief who faces an onslaught of political and legal troubles.

“I think that 2019 is going to be the most vitriolic year in American politics since before the Civil War,” Steve Bannon told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And I include Vietnam in that, I think we’re in … for a very nasty 2019.”

Bannon, who was ousted from the White House in 2017, cited the upcoming release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, the ongoing investigation into Trump’s inaugural committee and House Democrats’ congressional oversight as upcoming landmines.

“I think the next 90 days to four months is going to be a real meat grinder,” said Bannon, who also was Trump’s campaign CEO in 2016.

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Steve Bannon attacks Pope’s deal with China

Steve Bannon attacks Pope’s deal with China

The former White House strategist Steve Bannon has stepped up his campaign against the Pope by threatening to take legal action over the Vatican’s decision to allow the Chinese government to jointly appoint bishops.

Mr Bannon, 65, said that he was calling in lawyers to challenge the agreement made in September. He used a live online video to appeal directly to Chinese Catholics.

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Donald Trump Will ‘Win Bigger’ in 2020 Than in 2016, Steve Bannon Predicts

Donald Trump Will ‘Win Bigger’ in 2020 Than in 2016, Steve Bannon Predicts

President Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon said he believes his former boss will win re-election by an even bigger margin in the 2020 presidential election.

“I happen to think now, the president is going to run again in 2020 and I think he’ll win. I think he’ll win bigger than he won in 2016,” Bannon said on CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday. The alt-right pundit pointed to the strong economy to support his assertion, saying he has “zero” doubt that Trump will run.

Although Trump won the Electoral College vote by a wide margin in 2016, more Americans actually voted his political rival Hillary Clinton. In the popular vote, Clinton took 48 percent and Trump garnered just 45.9 percent.

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WPMA ANNOUNCES STEPHEN BANNON AS 2019 KEYNOTE

WPMA ANNOUNCES STEPHEN BANNON AS 2019 KEYNOTE

WPMA ANNOUNCES STEPHEN BANNON AS 2019 KEYNOTE

“WPMA is excited to announce Stephen K. Bannon as our 2019 WPMAEXPO Keynote. Mr. Bannon served as CEO of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and later served as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President. He is the founder of Citizens of the American Republic, a 501(c)4 that advocates for populism and economic nationalism and is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the former Executive Chairman of Breitbart News. Mr. Bannon has a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served in the armed forces aboard the USS Paul F. Foster in the western Pacific, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf, and later served at the Pentagon as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. Join us at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20, to hear Stephen Bannon speak on current events and issues. You won’t want to miss this event”

Pat Caddell, Requiescat in Pace.

Pat Caddell, Requiescat in Pace.

The individual more than anyone else who understood that our elites were comfortable with the ‘managed decline of the nation’ — Patriot, Nationalist, Populist.  ‘Do not go gentle into that good night… rage, rage against the dying of the light.’‬ Pat Caddell, Requiescat in pace. ‬- Stephen K. Bannon
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