Bannon vented about Pence VP pick before joining campaign: report

Bannon vented about Pence VP pick before joining campaign: report
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly characterized Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceJohn Oliver says his parody Pence rabbit book has sold out Charlotte Pence responds to John Oliver's rabbit book spoof: ‘I’m all for it’ No constitutional authority for the feds to confiscate guns without due process MORE as an “unfortunate necessity” during the 2016 presidential election.

Bannon used the phrase to describe Pence after he was chosen to be Trump’s running mate, according to BuzzFeed News, which acquired emails written by Bannon in July of 2016.

"Seems like a bad pick. Should I tweet something ambivalent about him? People are telling me Trump likely didn't want this. ...What's our party line on this?" former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos wrote to Bannon, who helmed Breitbart at the time.

"This is the price we pay for cruzbots and #nevertrump movement," Bannon wrote back, according to the emails disclosed in the BuzzFeed report.

"An unfortunate necessity...very. feel free to do whatever u want. we, as always, will remain above it all."

Bannon joined Trump's campaign in August of 2016 as its chief executive officer.

Trump's former top strategist, who left the White House in August and has since returned to Breitbart, said in a Monday interview that he is focused on challenging Republican establishment lawmakers in the 2018 midterm elections.

"There's a coalition coming together that is going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for [Texas Sen.] Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz says Cambridge Analytica assured him its practices were legal Dem battling Cruz in Texas: ‘I can understand how people think this is crazy’ Overnight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian MORE," Bannon told Fox News’ “Hannity.”