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Bannon predicts 'three-way race' in 2020

Former Trump White House strategist Stephen Bannon is predicting that the 2020 presidential race could become a three-way contest.

Bannon said on "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday night that the race could involve a three-way battle between President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE, a left-leaning senator such as Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks Empire State Building lights on eve of Biden inauguration to honor COVID-19 victims READ: Harris letter resigning from Senate ahead of inauguration MORE (D-Calif.) and a centrist candidate such as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg or Utah Senate candidate Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden's minimum wage push faces uphill battle with GOP GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party Impeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP MORE (R).

“You’re gonna have Trump on the right, a politician — maybe a Kamala Harris or somebody on the left — and I think you’ll have a Bloomberg or a Romney or somebody in the center,” Bannon said on the HBO show.

“I think it will be a three-way race," the Trump ally added.

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Bannon also argued during his appearance that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster MORE (I-Vt.) could have forced such a contest in 2016, but said he lacked the "fearlessness" of a more nontraditional candidate like Michael Avenatti.

Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against the president, has in recent weeks openly mulled launching a Democratic presidential campaign to take on Trump in 2020.

The lawyer has staked out positions to the left of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump Rep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? MORE in 2016 and has called for restrictions on money in politics, an endorsement of "Medicare for all" single-payer health care and support for unions.

“If Bernie Sanders had an ounce of Avenatti’s fearlessness, he would have been the Democratic nominee and we would have had a much tougher time beating him,” Bannon said Friday.

“Bernie doesn’t have fearlessness?” host Bill Maher responded.

“Not like Avenatti,” Bannon replied. “He’s got a fearlessness and he’s a fighter. I think he’ll go through a lot of this field if he decides to stick with it.”

The firebrand attorney told CNN earlier this month that his 2020 plans get more "serious" every week, and he has recently called for a full FBI investigation of Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, with the possibility of impeachment as a "litmus test" for 2020 Democratic candidates.

"I'm very serious," Avenatti told CNN. "And I'm getting more serious by the week because I'm traveling around the country and people are encouraging me to do it."

"In light of the [Merrick] Garland seat that was stolen, together with the events of today and the hiding of docs, etc., the court must be expanded to 11 seats after 2020," he wrote in a tweet earlier this month. "The Dem nominee must commit to this or not receive the nomination IMO. There is far too much at stake."