Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday, Nov. 12, reminded Republicans about the impeachment strategy of Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) into President Donald Trump.
“I disagree with her ideologically, but I think Nancy Pelosi is a master at political warfare. I think, strategically, what she has done from their perspective is actually quite brilliant,” Bannon said in an interview with CBS News.
Bannon told CBS News that a “sense of urgency” among the president’s allies “is not there today,” in contrast to the enthusiasm for impeachment among Democrats. He also said Republicans “are not as united on messaging as the Democrats.”
Bannon recently started a podcast and radio show called “War Room: Impeachment,” with former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller and Raheem Kassam, a former adviser to right-wing British politician Nigel Farage.
However, Bannon also forecast that the impeachment could be an advantage and “quite healthy” for Trump’s reelection chances, saying Wednesday’s public hearings are the start of the 2020 campaign.
“You’ve got to get maniacally focused on how you’re going to make this case to the American people, and it’s going to start tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.,” Bannon said.
During a radio interview on Oct. 27, Bannon expressed his deep concern for the president and his administration amid the impeachment inquiry.
He said Pelosi “is running the most sophisticated political warfare, the most sophisticated political disinformation campaign.”
Bannon also told the New York Post on Oct. 19 that a “very focused” Pelosi will succeed in bringing impeachment charges against Trump over allegations that he improperly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.
“This is serious. As sure as the turning of the earth, he is going to be impeached by Pelosi in the next six weeks,” Bannon said. “Nancy Pelosi is very focused.”
Bannon said the president needs to assemble an impeachment team in order to counter attempts to remove him from office.
“You need to augment the legal team,” Bannon said. “You need … a team put together than can focus on [impeachment] 24/7.”
House Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry in September into President Trump. Republicans have dismissed allegations that Trump’s request was inappropriate, and the president has maintained that his communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were “perfect.”