Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was reportedly waiting in the wings and ready to run for president if Donald Trump resigned or was impeached.
"In such a scenario, who better to succeed Trump than the man who got him elected?" Josh Green wrote in a paperback version of his book "Devil's Bargain," Politico reported, citing an excerpt.
Bannon told a few close friends about his bold proposition — and even considered creating a new political party to be called National Union Party, according to Green, Politico reported.
"[B]annon had thought hard enough about a path to the White House that he'd even toyed with starting a new political party and settled on a name: the National Union Party," Green wrote, Politico reported. "That was the temporary name that Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party had adopted in 1864 to attract War Democrats and Unionists."
"In Bannon's vision, it would now unite disaffected populists on both ends of the political spectrum," Green continued. "With support from financial benefactors like the Mercer family, he seemed to imagine such a path might be viable, and that a true devotee of right-wing nationalism – rather than a charlatan like Trump — could succeed where his predecessor had failed."
Bannon left the White House in August 2017 and returned to briefly to Breitbart News. After being quoted lashing out at President Donald Trump's family in Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" — referring to Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower as "treasonous," Bannon stepped down as the executive chairman of Breibart News.
The paperback version of "Devil's Bargain" will be released Tuesday.
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