Book: Bannon mulled presidential bid if Trump resigned or was impeached

Book: Bannon mulled presidential bid if Trump resigned or was impeached
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon considered running for president should President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE resign or be impeached, according to an updated book about Trump.

An excerpt from Josh Green’s “Devil’s Bargain” published by Politico on Monday details the ambition of Trump’s former top aide.

“In such a scenario, who better to succeed Trump than the man who got him elected?” Green writes in the excerpt. “Bannon shared his interest in running for president with only a few close friends, and even they were never quite sure how seriously to take these flights of fancy.”

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According to the book, Bannon went so far as to select a name for a potential new party: the National Union Party.

 

“That was the temporary name that Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party had adopted in 1864 to attract War Democrats and Unionists. In Bannon’s vision, it would now unite disaffected populists on both ends of the political spectrum,” Green wrote. “With support from financial benefactors like the Mercer family, he seemed to imagine such a path might be viable, and that a true devotee of right-wing nationalism — rather than a charlatan like Trump — could succeed where his predecessor had failed.”

The new version of Green’s book comes several weeks after the release of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which included explosive allegations about the Trump administration and some of its top players, including Bannon.