Will the entrance of former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg open the door for Hillary Clinton to enter the 2020 Democratic field? That is what right-wing media mogul and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon thinks.
Responding during an interview with Fox Business anchor Trish Regan, about what he thinks about Bloomberg getting into the race, Bannon said, “Listen, first off, quantity has a quality all its own and his quantity is capital. He’s very smart in applying his capital to politics. Remember, one of the reasons we have this impeachment going on is because Nancy Pelosi took the House on the shoulders of Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg’s money. It was $100 million of Bloomberg’s capital that went in. I think they focused on twenty five House races and won 23 of them. So to a large extent, Nancy Pelosi owes her job to Michael Bloomberg. He’s been moving these chess pieces around for a while. He hopes to use his capital to blow a hole because he sees Mayor Pete, Biden, Cory Booker, the other centrists are just not getting traction.”
Bannon continued, “And I believe he thinks the Wall Street faction of the Democratic Party is not going to have a coronation for Elizabeth Warren. So he’s going to come in, I think is going to totally disrupt the race. And I believe Hillary Clinton is going to look and say, I’m going to step in to save the Democratic Party. And so don’t count — I’m only two for two on this. I think Hillary Clinton is taking a hard look and seeing what Bloomberg is doing and seeing how Bloomberg is trying to position himself. I think the Democratic race is wide open.”
Regan then asked Bannon, “Who would be harder for the president to beat, Bloomberg, or rematch against Hillary?”
To which he replied, “Nobody. The only person who can beat Donald Trump is Donald Trump. Nobody — Michael is not going to beat him, there’s nobody out there that can beat him. If you look at where the economy’s going if you see how he’s sorting out the national security situation. If you see how people are now focused on prosperity and they get around the Thanksgiving table at the end of the year, the University of Michigan’s consumer report came out. I think it’s the 30th month in the row. It’s been over ninety five. And we haven’t had optimism like this from the consumer since the 1990s and the Internet and when the Internet stocks were on fire.”