Donald Trump could easily be beaten in 2020 by another of Steve Bannon’s choice for President.
Everyone assumes that Donald Trump won because he is The Donald. They also assume that no matter what Trump says or does, they will back him to the end. If that logic is true, then Luther Strange would have run the runoff for the Alabama GOP nomination for the US Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. After all, Trump put his name brand of Strange for what those closest to the President term as “loyalty.”
That is not what happened. No, that did not happen at all. The darling Trump name meant nothing to the voters in Alabama last night. And that very notion should send shivers throughout the White House today. Again, common logic was that Trump could do no wrong within his base. But if Trump was always right, then how on earth did Senator Strange lose?
In the nine months since Trump took office, he has made what many would consider colossal blunders. Firing former FBI Director James Comey would be at or close to the top of that list. Trump received, for firing the FBI Director, a special counsel looking into all things Trump. But looking back on those nine months, two decisions seem to be even more explosive than the Comey decision.
The two dominoes that fell were first the replacing of Reince Priebus with General John Kelly, which in turn led to the ousting of Steve Bannon. Take another look at the 2016 election, and what you will see is that Trump won because he was spouting Bannon and Breitbart’s message that they had already been cultivating for years. When Trump declared earlier this year in a Wall Street Journal interview that Bannon was just “a guy who works for me.” Remember that Trump was his own strategist, and just like Manafort and Priebus, Bannon had such a small role in the campaign that it really had no effect on the outcome.
The thought that Trump can do no wrong has now been shown to be a fallacy. Those who voted for Trump last year did not vote for the man, per se, but rather for the agenda that he was promoting. And the man behind all that agenda was none other than Steve Bannon.
But when Trump fired Bannon, it set him free to once again publicly fight for the agenda that Trump was elected on. In fact, in the Alabama run off last night, it was Bannon and his agenda fighting against Trump and his loyalist. And you know who won.
The thought that Trump can do no wrong has now been shown to be a fallacy. Those who voted for Trump last year did not vote for the man, per se, but rather for the agenda that he was promoting. And the man behind all that agenda was none other than Steve Bannon. With Bannon gone from the White House, Trump has made at least one deal with the Democrats, has picked a losing horse in the Alabama race, and is suffering through a really rough stretch of potholes that keep popping up.
And the President is in a precarious position here. It is not in his nature to admit when he is wrong, and so he has to blame someone else for these failures. He is going after Mitch McConnell, which will be welcomed news to Bannon’s base, but he will have to make many more changes in order to keep that base on his side.
Bannon and his base are anti-war, and with the expansion of the war in Afghanistan, and the U.S teetering on the brink of a nuclear war with North Korea, Trump runs the risk of further driving those that voted for him away. The more deals that Trump makes with the Democrats will further alienate Bannon’s base.
Since the beginning of Trump’s Presidency, Steve Bannon has been the man behind the curtain. And while Ann Coulter and Jim Hoft were celebrating Bannon’s dismissal, the truth is, as we just learned, that if Trump strays further away from Bannon’s agenda, then Bannon could very easily get someone else to run for President in 2020 and do to Trump what Roy Moore did to Sen. Luther Strange. In a strange twist of events, Trump now must find a way to let Bannon guide his presidency again, although Chief of Staff John Kelly is doing everything that he can to prevent that.