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Bannon Targets GOP Senators, Says Trump Will Win 2020 Re-election With 400 Electoral Votes

'The populist, nationalist, conservative revolt that's going on, that drove Donald Trump to victory ... will drive 15 [Bannon] candidates to victory in 2018'

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon delivers remarks during the Value Voters Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2017
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An insurgency is brewing against the Republican establishment, and its chief sponsor is President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

Bannon spoke to religious conservatives at the Values Voter Summit in Washington that the Republican elite will pay a price as challengers step up to take on incumbents in 2018.

But Bannon says some incumbents who are running scared might be able to avoid a primary challenge from his flank of the party by meeting certain conditions.

Bannon insisted that "the populist, nationalist, conservative revolt that's going on, that drove Donald Trump to victory ... that will drive 15 candidates to victory in 2018" will continue. "I hate to break it Graydon Carter and the good folks at Vanity Fair (referring to a Vanity Fair story which claimed Bannon said Trump only had a 30% chance of finishing his term), but yes, President Trump is not only going to finish this term, he's going to win with 400 electoral votes in 2020."

For one, he says, they must oppose the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Bannon also calls on them to do away with the filibuster that he says is stalling Trump’s agenda. And he says they must condemn Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker for his scathing comments about Trump.

As Bannon put it, there’s time for what calls a “mea culpa.”

But “until that time,” he says, the message to incumbents is: “They’re coming for you.”