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Roger Stone: Bannon’s People Asked Me About Him Running for President in 2020

“Steve Bannon is not candidate material in any stretch of the imagination," Stone said.

By NTK Staff | 01.11.2018 @8:02am
Roger Stone: Bannon’s People Asked Me About Him Running for President in 2020

Longtime Republican strategist Roger Stone, a well-known confidant of President Donald Trump, said that former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s operatives had discussed a possible 2020 presidential candidacy for Bannon. Stone made the remarks during a wide-ranging interview with NTK Network.

In Michael Wolff ‘s new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Bannon made several controversial statements about Trump’s family and the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Stone remarked that Bannon “hurt himself and his brand very badly” by speaking on the record with Wolff and thought that his comments were “a stunning example of hubris.”

Some have speculated that the reason Bannon spoke with Wolff is that Bannon himself has presidential aspirations, a notion that Stone confirmed.

“[Bannon’s] operatives had talked to me about a possible presidential candidacy in 2020,” he told NTK Network.

The strategist added that he doesn’t “see Steve Bannon as a viable candidate in 2020,” and that the former Breitbart executive “is not candidate material in any stretch of the imagination.”

Speaking of the president’s first year in office, Stone was more upbeat.

“I think across the board, particularly in the economic sphere and foreign policy sphere, the president has been amazingly successful,” Stone said.

The GOP operative highlighted record stock market highs, historically low unemployment, the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, reexamination of the Iran Deal, and the successful passage of tax reform as evidence of Trump’s success.

However, Stone warned that the president’s second year in office will be plagued by efforts from Democrats and the media to remove Trump from office.

At the center of those plans is Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence. The GOP strategist predicted that Mueller would attempt to charge Trump with a crime only tangentially connected to the Russia probe, “most likely related to the dismissal of Mr. Comey at the FBI.”

Stone added that he doesn’t believe that Trump’s lawyers will receive a letter from Mueller that exonerates Trump.

“I think the president’s lawyers may be good lawyers, but this isn’t a legal proceeding,” Stone said. “This is a political proceeding, and I don’t think they’re terribly political. I think they underestimate the enmity of that political class and their resolve to try to remove Donald Trump by any means necessary.”

Stone added that if the Mueller investigation fails, the media establishment and political establishment will move to Plan B: painting Trump as someone who is not mentally fit. The end goal of Democrats is to use the 25th Amendment to remove the president, Stone said, but he predicted this could ultimately be their undoing.

“If [Democrats] are going to attempt to rerun the 2016 election while Republicans are running on jobs and prosperity, I think they’re going to lose,” he said about the 2018 midterms. “I don’t know what else they can run on. They don’t seem to have any positive proposals. Their entire political message is anti-Trump. It’s entirely negative.”

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