Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon predicted Wednesday that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book 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 TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race 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.
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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 KlobucharHarris, CBC put weight behind activist-led National Black Voter Day Seven takeaways from California's recall election Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate MORE (Minn.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris MORE (Calif.). Her old rival from the 2016 Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants MORE (I-Vt.), has already announced his own bid for the White House.