Bannon Brags About Funding for Presidential Run, Loses it as Soon as He Goes Public Bannon Brags About Funding for Presidential Run, Loses it as Soon as He Goes Public – NTK Network

Bannon Brags About Funding for Presidential Run, Loses it as Soon as He Goes Public

The former White House chief strategist was planning a 2020 run, telling people he had lined up Trump's donors to back him. They pulled their support as soon as he turned on the president.

By NTK Staff | 01.04.2018 @3:00pm
Bannon Brags About Funding for Presidential Run, Loses it as Soon as He Goes Public

Prior to revelations in Michael Wolff’s new book about the Trump presidency, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon apparently possessed designs of ascending to the Oval Office himself. According to The Daily Beast, Bannon’s cross-country tour had been to set the stage for a presidential run, and the current Breitbart executive had courted GOP mega-donors to back him.

Bannon believed that several key figures in Trump’s rise to the presidency were “in [his] corner”:

Bannon, Wolff reports, has already assembled a “rump campaign operation” for 2020 and is telling people that Trump’s top 2016 backers—specifically Sheldon Adelson, Bob and Rebekah Mercer, Bernie Marcus and Peter Thiel—are now in Bannon’s corner as he travels the country meeting conservative leaders, to “kiss the ass and pay homage to all the gray-beards” as he sets the stage for “when I am president.”

But after details of the book leaked, quoting Bannon’s private hostility to and machinations against the president, Trump slammed his former strategist in an official White House statement. “When [Bannon] was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” he said. “Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well.”

These revelations and the president’s evisceration of Bannon caused GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer to totally cut off her former patron, according to The Washington Post:

Bannon has in recent weeks also alienated his main financial backer, Rebekah Mercer, after he told several other major conservative donors that he would be able to count on the Mercers’ financial support should he run for president, a person familiar with the conversations said. The person said Mercer now does not plan to financially support Bannon’s future projects.

Mercer’s abandonment of Bannon could have repercussions for the Breitbart executive, as her father is one of the main benefactors for Bannon’s website. For his presidential ambitions, it’s a killshot.

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