Former White House strategist Steve Bannon flirted with the idea of running for President himself if Trump resigned or was impeached.
The revelation comes from Josh Green’s paperback version of the book “Devil’s Bargain”, a best-selling book about the Trump campaign. The author even asked: “In such a scenario, who better to succeed Trump than the man who got him elected?”
The report by Politico said that Bannon even shared his ambitious idea to a few close friends, and that he even considered creating a new political party that he wanted to call National Union Party.
The party name was once used by Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party as their temporary party in 1864 to attract War Democrats and Unionists.
The report also says that Bannon saw the new faction as supposedly capable of uniting populists on both ends of the political spectrum. Green also wrote that Bannon thought he could succeed where a “charlatan like Trump” failed because the former Breitbart executive thought of himself as a “true devotee of right-wing nationalism.”
The book will be launched on Tuesday.
Bannon left the White House in August last year after a turbulent, brief stay in the West Wing. He later lashed out against the Trump family in a tell-all in an anti-Trump book. The controversies generated by his allegations in the book led to his eventual firing from Breitbart. Trump also hit back at Bannon and said that ”when he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”