Bannon: Hillary Clinton 'in the bullpen waiting' to run for president

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon predicted Wednesday that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death MORE was looking for a way to enter the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary.

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Bannon said that Clinton was "waiting" for the call from members of her party before launching a third bid for the presidency. His remarks come despite Clinton's assurance earlier this month that she was not seeking another run for the White House in 2020.

"Secretary Clinton has said that she's not running, but you know, she's in the bullpen waiting for the call," Bannon said.


"I believe, if you go through the gauntlet this summer, you start the Democratic primary, by the fall of next year if there's not a candidate that's kind of breaking out of the pack and looks like they can take on Trump ... because the No. 1 thing for the Democrats is not policy right now ... the No. 1 thing for the Democrats is beating Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE," he continued.

"And they're going to fall in line with whoever they think can beat Donald Trump," Bannon added, before predicting that no Democrat would be successful in unseating the president in next year's elections.

"I don't see anyone in this field right now taking on Donald Trump," he said.

Clinton told a local news station earlier this month that she was not planning to run for president in 2020 while adding that she was not "going anywhere," and would remain a vocal force on the left.

"I want to be sure that people understand I'm going to keep speaking out," Clinton told News 12 Westchester. "I'm not going anywhere. What's at stake in our country, the kinds of things that are happening right now are deeply troubling to me."

"We've gotten not just polarized," she added. "We've gotten into, really, opposing camps unlike anything I've ever seen in my adult life."

Clinton has met with several Democrats in the crowded 2020 field, including Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill EPA delivers win for ethanol industry angered by waivers to refiners It's time for newspapers to stop endorsing presidential candidates MORE (Minn.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins Kamala Harris: Black Americans have been 'disproportionately harmed' by Trump Biden town hall draws 3.3 million viewers for CNN MORE (Calif.). Her old rival from the 2016 Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security MORE (I-Vt.), has already announced his own bid for the White House.