Bannon: US will get 'pure Trump off the chain' if president is reelected

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon said this week that if President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE is reelected in 2020, the country is going to get “pure Trump off the chain.”

In comments to Politico, published in Playbook on Thursday, Bannon said that the president’s second term would be “four years of Donald Trump in payback mode.”

The "payback" would likely be in response to Democratic-led investigations into the president, special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe and negative media coverage, all of which Trump has derided as personal attacks throughout his first term.

Bannon also suggested that a second Trump term is likely, unless Democrats veer away from their current strategy and pool of candidates.

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“Every other day I see another person jumping into the race. I think those people are rational and the people around them are rational,” Bannon said of the Democrats running for president. “They must see something in the field that makes them feel like they can make a run. … I don’t see anybody in that field as of now who can take on Trump one-on-one.”

He added that “you’re not going to beat Trump with policies,” pointing to low polling numbers from Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenResurfaced Buttigieg yearbook named him 'most likely to be president' The STATES Act will expose flawed marijuana legacy Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent MORE (D-Mass.).

“Warren has an incredibly detailed and probably the most well thought-through set of policy prescriptions, and they keep coming every day,” Bannon told Politico. “She’s at, what, 7 percent, 8 percent?”

The ex-White House official, who left the administration in summer 2017 and later had a public falling out with Trump, also echoed recent comments predicting that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' Seth Rich's brother calls for those pushing conspiracy to 'take responsibility' MORE could still run for president, despite assurances from the former secretary of State that she does not plan to enter the race.

“If they don’t think that they’ve got somebody that can beat him, the vampire is going to be in the bullpen,” Bannon said, referring to Clinton. “She did get 63 million votes.”