Trump will contest in 2024 if he loses to Biden, says Steve Bannon: 'You're not going to see the end of him'
Steve Bannon, who served as a White House strategist to President Donald Trump for seven months early in his presidency, believes Trump will run for re-election in 2024 if he loses the November 3 battle against Democrat Joe Biden. Trump is seeking his re-election bid amid several challenges and pre-poll surveys that have found him trailing the former vice president in key battleground states.
Speaking to The Australian, the 66-year-old Bannon said: “You’re not going to see the end of Donald Trump” even if he lost the election which is just over two weeks away. His words came days after the president jokingly said in a rally in Georgia that he might have to leave the country if he lost the election to Biden, who he attacked again as the “worst candidate in the history of presidential elections”.
"Maybe I'll have to leave the country. I don't know." -- Trump on what could happen if he loses to Biden pic.twitter.com/NGrXDwjaSd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 17, 2020
Nov 3 closer than being reported, feels Bannon
Bannon, who was the chief executive officer of the Trump campaign in 2016 and got arrested a few months ago on charges of wire fraud and money-laundering, said he believed the November 3 election was “closer than is being reported” and Trump will eventually have the last laugh on D-Day.
“I’ll make this prediction right now: if for any reason the election is stolen from or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he’s going to run for re-election in 2024,” the conservative Bannon told the newspaper. Trump will be 78 in 2024.
He also predicted that the election could end up in the Supreme Court and could also be conferred to the House of Representatives in January because he believed the final outcome “won’t be settled anytime soon”. Trump also gave a similar hint in the recent past, cautioning supporters that this year’s election could witness a long legal battle.
Trump has been vocal against the mail-in ballot arrangement and claimed that it would lead to widespread electoral malpractice. According to observers, he and his allies in the GOP have also been hurrying to find a new judge in the Supreme Court to replace late Ruth Bader Ginsburg so that they could get a favorable decision in the highest court in case the election issue lands there.
Trump will win early, Bannon said recently
Bannon’s latest remarks, however, seemed to be slightly differing from the ones he made recently while giving a speech in front of the Young Republican Federation. There, he said confidently that Trump will not only win the election, but will win it quite early.
“At 10 o'clock or 11 o'clock… on November 3, Donald J. Trump is going to walk into the Oval Office, and he may hit a tweet before he goes in there… and he's going to sit there, having won Ohio, and being up in Pennsylvania and Florida, and he's going to say, 'Hey, game's over',” he said.
“The elites are traumatized. They do not want to go stand in line and vote. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a game-changer. It [the decisive factor] is what electorate shows up to vote on a vote that can be certified. That's a vote that counts. And right now, what they [Trump critics] don't want to talk about, is Donald J Trump leads on people who are actually going to show up and vote on November 3, by 21 percent,” Bannon added.
Bannon on Sunday, October 18, also opened up on the ongoing laptop scandal involving Biden’s son Hunter while speaking in another interview. He said all the information on Hunter’s laptop that was exposed in a recent report is true and proved that the former VP has “lied” for “years”. In a Skype interview with Sky News, Bannon said Hunter’s lawyer has been attempting to recover the laptop hard drive and threatened to publish letters to back it if the Democratic nominee’s team denied the laptop belonged to them.